Sligachan is situated at the junction of the roads from Portree, Dunvegan, and Broadford. The hotel was built at this road junction around 1830. Many early climbers chose this as a spot to start ascents of the Cuillin. Today there is also a campsite and bunkhouse adjacent to the hotel. There is also a small microbrewery which is operated in the same building as the hotel.
Tradition has it that the Lord of the Isles attacked Skye in 1395, but William MacLeod met the MacDonalds at Sligachan and drove them back to Loch Eynort (Ainort). There they found that their galleys had been moved offshore by the MacAskills and every invader was killed. The spoils were divided at Creag an Fheannaidh ('Rock of the Flaying') or Creggan ni feavigh ('Rock of the Spoil'), sometimes identified with the Bloody Stone in Harta Corrie below the heights of Sgurr nan Gillean.
Sligachan old bridge
The Sligachan Old Bridge was built between 1810 and 1818 by engineer Thomas Telford. The bridge is currently disused after construction of a new bridge parallel to it on the A87. It was listed as a Category B and scheduled in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Historic Environment Scotland de-scheduled the bridge in 2016.
Notes and references
- Marsh, Terry (2009), The Isle of Skye, Cicerone Press, p. 170, ISBN 978-1-85284-560-5
- Burke, John (1838), A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Enjoying Territorial Possessions Or High Official Rank: But Uninvested with Heritable Honours, John Burke, vol 3, Colburn, p. 477
- "MHG5830 - Sligachan Old Bridge". Highland Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
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