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TITLE
Kyleakin, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
HCD_CARD_053
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
DATE OF IMAGE
c1908
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
J Valentine & Co
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12876
KEYWORDS
Kyleakin
salt marsh
Castle Maol
James Gillespie Graham
wildfowl
Kyleakin, Skye

This postcard shows a view of Kyleakin with the fields behind tinted a lush summer green, in contrast to the dark, rocky slopes of the mainland hills in the background. It gives a good view of An t-Ob, the tidal salt marsh which in summer is covered with pink sea thrift, and other plants that survive in the daily flooding of salt water, and provides shelter and food for a variety of wildfowl.

In 1811, Kyleakin was marked for development, with plans to turn the village into an industrial and commercial centre. These plans never materialized, and the village grew more as the gateway to the Isle of Skye with a regular ferry service from Kyle of Lochalsh. October 1995 saw the last ferry on this route, with the opening of the Skye Bridge, and Kyleakin has settled into a quieter pace but still a village promoted to tourists and worth a visit.

As in many photographs of Kyleakin, Castle Maol stands prominent over the village. This late 15th Century castle, now a ruin, was once the stronghold of the MacKinnons. Tradition relates a resident Norwegian princess, married to a MacKinnon chief, exacted tolls from ships passing through the narrows. The Castle was abandoned as a residence in the late 17th century. To the left is the whitewashed King's Arms Hotel, the original structure of James Gillespie Graham's design, built c1812.

This postcard is one of the Valentine's series which were printed for and sold by D MacPherson, in his shop in Kyleakin.


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Kyleakin, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

1930s

Kyleakin; salt marsh; Castle Maol; James Gillespie Graham; wildfowl

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Dualchas Postcards

This postcard shows a view of Kyleakin with the fields behind tinted a lush summer green, in contrast to the dark, rocky slopes of the mainland hills in the background. It gives a good view of An t-Ob, the tidal salt marsh which in summer is covered with pink sea thrift, and other plants that survive in the daily flooding of salt water, and provides shelter and food for a variety of wildfowl.<br /> <br /> In 1811, Kyleakin was marked for development, with plans to turn the village into an industrial and commercial centre. These plans never materialized, and the village grew more as the gateway to the Isle of Skye with a regular ferry service from Kyle of Lochalsh. October 1995 saw the last ferry on this route, with the opening of the Skye Bridge, and Kyleakin has settled into a quieter pace but still a village promoted to tourists and worth a visit.<br /> <br /> As in many photographs of Kyleakin, Castle Maol stands prominent over the village. This late 15th Century castle, now a ruin, was once the stronghold of the MacKinnons. Tradition relates a resident Norwegian princess, married to a MacKinnon chief, exacted tolls from ships passing through the narrows. The Castle was abandoned as a residence in the late 17th century. To the left is the whitewashed King's Arms Hotel, the original structure of James Gillespie Graham's design, built c1812.<br /> <br /> This postcard is one of the Valentine's series which were printed for and sold by D MacPherson, in his shop in Kyleakin. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>