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TITLE
View of Kyleakin, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0129
PLACENAME
Kyleakin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32021
KEYWORDS
villages
castles
ferries
bridges
postcards
View of Kyleakin, Skye

This postcard shows a view of Kyleakin in Skye. Caisteal Maol stands in the background (right).

Initial plans prepared for Kyleakin involved the building of a sizeable seaport town. Lack of funding meant that the plans never materialised and the settlement developed into a village.

Kyleakin has been the main crossing point from Skye to the mainland at least since the 17th century. Until the mid-1930s, only one car at a time could be transported across the strait. Today the ferry is no longer in public use due to the building of the Skye Bridge, linking the island to the mainland

The present Caisteal Maol (Moil or Moyle) probably dates from the 15th century and was home to the MacKinnons until the 17th century. Tradition relates that one of the MacKinnon chiefs was married to a Scandinavian princess, known as "Saucy Mary", who levied a toll on vessels passing through the Kyle

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View of Kyleakin, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

1930s; 1940s

villages; castles; ferries; bridges; postcards

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view of Kyleakin in Skye. Caisteal Maol stands in the background (right).<br /> <br /> Initial plans prepared for Kyleakin involved the building of a sizeable seaport town. Lack of funding meant that the plans never materialised and the settlement developed into a village.<br /> <br /> Kyleakin has been the main crossing point from Skye to the mainland at least since the 17th century. Until the mid-1930s, only one car at a time could be transported across the strait. Today the ferry is no longer in public use due to the building of the Skye Bridge, linking the island to the mainland<br /> <br /> The present Caisteal Maol (Moil or Moyle) probably dates from the 15th century and was home to the MacKinnons until the 17th century. Tradition relates that one of the MacKinnon chiefs was married to a Scandinavian princess, known as "Saucy Mary", who levied a toll on vessels passing through the Kyle