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Skye, Talisker

Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cultivation Remains (Period Unassigned), Township (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Skye, Talisker

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cultivation Remains (Period Unassigned), Township (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Sleadale Valley

Canmore ID 11077

Site Number NG33SW 2

NGR NG 328 301

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Bracadale
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Skye And Lochalsh
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NG33SW 2 328 301.

(NG 328 301) Martin mentions a village at Talisker c.1695 (M Martin 1934) and c.1772 Pennant describes near Talisker House 'the vestiges of some small buildings, and by them a heap of stones with a basaltic column set erect, in the middle'. (presumably a cairn)

Visited by OS (A C) 24 January 1961.

T Pennant 1776; M Martin 1934.

The deserted village of Talisker comprises about 25 ruined buildings with yards and enclosures. This run-rig township with much lazy-bed cultivation in evidence.

The village occupies a W facing shelf below high cliffs on the E side of the Sleadale valley. The probable cairn noted by Pennant was not found and local enquiries were fruitless.

(Visible on RAF air photographs CPE/Scot/UK/274: 3199-20)

Visited by OS (C F W) 2 June 1961.

A township, comprising three unroofed buildings and one enclosure is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire, Isle of Skye 1881, sheet xxxvii). Sixteen unroofed buildings and six enclosures are shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10560 map (1968).

Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 12 November 1996.


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