The purpose of this blog is to publish some of our pictures of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. We lay no claim to these being great photographs - they are just pictures of what we see, taken with ordinary compact cameras. We hope you enjoy browsing.

Richard and Sue


Thursday, 6 April 2017

Skye Villages - Edinbane

This is my second post featuring villages on Skye. Because settlements here grew as crofting 'townships', where every house had a few acres of land around it,  Skye has very few nucleated villages, such as you might find in England and Wales. After Carbost (see my previous post), Edinbane is pretty much Skye’s only other conventional village. By that, I mean it is nucleated around a centre, and has facilities provided for the residents. Edinbane has residential properties, a school, a play area, a village hall and two pubs… but no church, and (these days) no shop either.

All this is mostly down to the unique history of this particular settlement.

Upper Edinbane is a traditional crofting township, but Lower Edinbane (The Village) was planned as a Model Village by Kenneth Macleod. Kenneth grew up as a Macleod of Gesto, and at a young age travelled to India where he made his fortune by growing Indigo. He retuned to Skye to live at Greshornish and create his village at Edinbane. In the late 1860s, he built houses, a school, a hospital, a mill and an inn.

Today, after standing empty and semi-derelict for several years, the hospital is converted into holiday accommodation. The school survives, but with very few pupils on roll, the mill is gone, and the inn remains a popular attraction to both locals and visitors.  

Here are some of my pictures of Edinbane, Isle of Skye:

The 'main road' through Edinbane is single-track.

Edinbane Primary School.
The school currently has 8 pupils, and the nursery department is 'mothballed'

Post Office Row
1860s housing development, but no Post Office here now.

The former Gesto Hospital
Now holiday accommodation

Edinbane Inn
A lively pub and restaurant, popular with visitors and locals

The Lodge Hotel, Edinbane
Supposed to be the oldest pub on Skye. Also supposed to be haunted.

Winter in Edinbane

Edinbane Burial Ground.
As is common on Skye - the cemetery is not attached to a church,
and is located outside of the village

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