Isle Ornsay


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Isle Ornsay, a village and an islet in Sleat parish, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire. The village stands on the W side of the Sound of Sleat, near the mouth of Loch na Daal, opposite the mouth of Loch Hourn, 14 miles by steamboat route S by W of Kyle-Akin, and 11 by road SSE of Broadford, under which it has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments. Possessing also an inn and an excellent natural harbour, thoroughly sheltered, commodious, and much frequented by shipping, it is regularly visited by the Glasgow steamers to the north on their way through the Sound of Sleat, and commands the nearest route for tourists, by walking and by boat, to Loch Scavaig and the Cuchullin Mountains. The islet is small ( 2/3 x 1/3 mile), but serves to protect the entrance to the harbour. It is crowned with a lighthouse, erected in 1857 at a cost of £4527, and showing a fixed white light, visible at a distance of 13 nautical miles.

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