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Strath, Isle of Skye

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Strath. an area of small crofting and fishing villages and wide open spaces, is a parish in the South of the Isle of Skye. The principal villages are Broadford, Elgol, Torrin & Kyleakin. Smaller villages include Luib and Heaste.

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Strath is the traditional home of the Clan Mackinnon, whose first base was at Dun Ringill and who later lived in Castle Moil (Caisteal Maol) in Kyleakin. The Mackinnons of Strath helped and hid Bonnie Prince Charlie when he was on the run after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.

Though English is universally understood and widely used, the indigenous language of the Highlands & Islands is Scottish Gaelic.

Much of the area is owned by the John Muir Trust, which was formed in 1983 to protect and conserve wild places and to increase awareness and understanding of the value of such places. The Trust makes a point of working closely with the communities of the areas in its ownership.

The Elgol and Torrin Historical Society is an enthusiastic group of local people trying to help preserve the culture and heritage of the area.

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