Sleat is a peninsula on the island of Skye in the Highland council area of Scotland, known as "the garden of Skye". It is the home of the clan MacDonald of Sleat. The name comes from the Scottish Gaelic Sléibhte (or Slèite), which in turn comes from Old Norse sléttr (smooth, even), which well describes Sleat when considered in the surrounding context of the mainland, Skye and Rùm mountains that dominate the horizon all about Sleat.
Sleat is a traditional parish that has several communities and two major landowners (the Clan Donald Lands Trust and Eilean Iarmain Estate. Sleat Community Trust (Gaelic: Urras Coimhearsnachd Shlèite), the local development trust, has purchased the Skye Ferry Filling Station at Armadale and in common with many communities is investigating the options for renewable energy production. It also owns Sleat Renewables Ltd., a timber production company. In October 2007 the Trust hosted the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company annual conference.
Recently[when?] the final section of a new double-track road through Sleat to Broadford was finished. Most teenage school-children in Sleat attend Portree High School, where there is a hostel for those who live particularly far away.
After the Trotternish peninsula, the Sleat peninsula is the second strongest Gaelic-speaking area in Skye. In the 2001 census, the highest percentage of Gaelic speakers in Sleat lived in Tarskavaig and Achnacloich with 54%, and the lowest in Armadale with 29%. The local primary school, Bun-sgoil Shèite, is a designated Gaelic-medium school. There was some local and national controversy in 2006 about the decision to change the status of the school from an English school with a Gaelic medium unit to a Gaelic school but in the end the Highland Council opted for a compromise solution, designating the school as an all-Gaelic school but with an English-medium unit. Sleat is home to Scotland's only Gaelic-medium college, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, which provides university-level education in a number of subjects in Gaelic, and is the largest employer in the area. The Gaelic feature-length film, Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle, was largely filmed in Sleat and produced by Christopher Young, a Sleat resident and fluent Gaelic speaker.
- Iain Mac an Tàilleir. "Placenames" (PDF). Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 23 July 2007.
- "Welcome" page Sleat Community Trust. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
- "Directory of Members" DTAS. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
- "Community Energy News" (October 2007) (pdf) HICEC. Retrieved 27 October 2007.
- Mac an Tàilleir, Iain (2010) "A' Ghàidhlig anns a' Chunntas-shluaigh." In: Gillian Munro and Iain Mac an Tàilleir (Eds.) Coimhearsnachd na Gàidhlig an-Diugh, Edinburgh: Dunedin, 19-34
- Row over Skye Gaelic-only school BBC News 9 February 2006
- Plan agreed for all-Gaelic school BBC News 27 October 2006
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