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TITLE
Kyleakin
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_HF_14_15_006
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
DATE OF IMAGE
c1901
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
19313
KEYWORDS
villages
village greens
new towns
planned villages
Kyleakin

This postcard shows the main road through Kyleakin, on the Isle of Skye. In the early 1880s, Lord Macdonald proposed the building of a 'model town' to be called New Liverpool. James Gillespie Graham produced designs for a lovely crescent shaped town with spires and terraces but building halted after the construction of only four houses after it was realised that the location was neither practical nor economic for Macdonald's vision. The Kings Arms Hotel, which has James Gillespie Graham's inn at its core, is the large building on the right.

Following the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995, the village suffered from the resultant decrease in traffic through the village. Since then the community has worked hard at creating a welcoming spot for tourists.

This photograph is one of the Valentine series of postcards.

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Kyleakin

INVERNESS: Strath

1950s

villages; village greens; new towns; planned villages

Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum Photographic Collection

This postcard shows the main road through Kyleakin, on the Isle of Skye. In the early 1880s, Lord Macdonald proposed the building of a 'model town' to be called New Liverpool. James Gillespie Graham produced designs for a lovely crescent shaped town with spires and terraces but building halted after the construction of only four houses after it was realised that the location was neither practical nor economic for Macdonald's vision. The Kings Arms Hotel, which has James Gillespie Graham's inn at its core, is the large building on the right.<br /> <br /> Following the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995, the village suffered from the resultant decrease in traffic through the village. Since then the community has worked hard at creating a welcoming spot for tourists. <br /> <br /> This photograph is one of the Valentine series of postcards.