Waternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the region of Waternish on the Isle of Skye which lies off Scotland’s west coast.

Waternish is a finger of land or headland on the N.W of Skye which juts into a stretch of water known as Little Minch. The region is about twenty miles N.W. of Portree, the capital of Skye.

Waternish is a relatively remote area where can be found:

  • Remains of two Iron-Age brochs which are high status homes dating back about 2000 years. These are Dun Gearymore Broch and Dun Borrafiach Broch.
  • The Trial Stone which situated in the grounds of the ruined church at Trumpan. Here an interesting form of justice was administered whereby an accused person was blindfolded and it was established if he/she was telling the truth if, with ease, he/she was able to find the aperture in the stone with his/her hand.
  • The ruined Trumpan Church which was the site of a massacre in 1578. During the winter of 1577, MacLeods of nearby Dunvegan massacred 395 MacDonalds who were trapped in St. Francis Cave on Eigg (an island). The MacLeods lit a fire in the cave entrance thereby suffocating all of those incarcerated inside.In revenge, Clanranald, Chief of MacDonalds of Uist initiated an attack on the MacLeods on the first Sunday in May, 1578.
  • Skyeskyns, a local craft operation which converts sheep skins into rugs, footwear and other products.
  • Stein Inn, a well-regarded pub and eatery.
  • Fairy Bridge, an abandoned bridge with folk-lore connections.

Fairy Bridge, Waternish, Skye,Scotland

Waternish Landscape, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Stein Inn, Waternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Tour Guide at Skyeskyns, Waternish, Skye, Scotland

Skyeskyns, Waternish, Skye, Scotland

Trumpan Church, Waternish, Skye

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