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Sleat, Sound of

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Sleat, Sound of, a belt of sea dividing the SE shore of the Isle of Skye from the Glenelg, Knoydart, and Morar districts of the mainland of Inverness-shire. In the N communicating by Kyle-Rhea with Loch Alsh, it extends 19½ miles south-south-westward; broadens from 1 mile to 7 miles; sends off, on its mainland side, Lochs Hourn and Nevis; on its Skye side contains the harbour of Isle-Ornsay; and is regularly traversed by steamers plying between Oban and the Clyde to the S and Portree and Wester Ross-shire to the N.

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