Struan, Skye

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Gaelic: An Sruthan
Struan - - 1113236.jpg
Grid reference: NG340381
Location: 57°21’36"N, 6°27’0"W
Post town: Isle of Skye
Postcode: IV56
Dialling code: 01470
Local Government
Council: Highland
Ross, Skye and Lochaber

Struan is a small village on the west coast of the isle of Skye, Inverness-shire. It is situated on the shores of Loch Beag, itself an inlet of Loch Harport. "Struan" is the anglicized form (and approximate pronunciation) of the Gaelic word sruthan, meaning "small stream", or the flow at the point where a spring appears. It has a population of around 300.

The local economy, like most of Skye, is heavily supported by tourism. Fishing, crofting and to a lesser extent, large-scale farming also contribute. Struan has a small local grocery shop, four churches, a petrol station, an outdoor shop and a primary school. Buried in the old graveyard are the climber, J. Norman Collie and his long-time Skye guide, John Mackenzie of Sconser.

Near the village stands Dun Beag (Historic Scotland; no entrance charge), one of the best-preserved Iron Age brochs in Scotland. The small settlement of Ullinish is under mile to the west and Bracadale is just a few hundred yards to the east.


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