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Map of Skye showing Minginish

Minginish is a peninsula on the isle of Skye in Inverness-shire. It is situated in south central Skye, between Loch Scavaig and Glen Drynoch in the west and Loch Harport and Glen Sligachan in the south and east.[1] It includes most of the peaks of the Cuillin hills including Sgurr Alasdair, the highest point on the island at 3,255 ft. The island of Soay lies offshore across the Soay Sound, with the Small Isles further south across the Cuillin Sound.

Much of the interior is uninhabited and the terrain is a series of hills and mountains dissected by steep-sided valleys such as Glen Brittle and Glen Eynort. To the east, Loch Coruisk, which has been painted by William Daniell and J.M.W. Turner amongst others and visited by Walter Scott.[2] is only accessible by boat or on foot via a track from Sligachan.

There are a number of small settlements in Minginish, principally along the south coast of Loch Harport, including Carbost, Drynoch and Fiskavaig. Eynort and Talisker are further south. Crofting is a mainstay of the economy and Talisker whisky is distilled in Carbost.

The Gaelic name Minginis means "main headland".[3]

Notable residents

  • Roderick John MacLeod, Lord Minginish, Chairman of the Scottish Land Court since 2014, was raised in Minginish.[4]


  1. "Minginis". Gazetteer for Scotland. http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst7446.html. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  2. Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. pp. 177. ISBN 1841954543. 
  3. Iain Mac an Tàilleir. "Placenames" (PDF). Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/vli/language/gaelic/pdfs/placenamesK-O.pdf. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  4. "New Land Court Chairman installed". 17 October 2014. http://www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk/25/1328/New-Land-Court-Chairman-installed. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 

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