ISBuC (v7) 2012
Bernisdale Area
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'East of Eyre'
Bernisdale Area Information

Saint Columba
Vikings on Skye
Standing Stones
1500 - 1549
ANNISHADER (Norse: Eagle's place)

BERNISDALE (Norse: Bjorn's dale)

CARBOST (Norse: Kari's town)

EYRE (Gaelic: Gravel shore)


KEISTLE (Norse: Low land between water)

KENSALEYRE (Gaelic: Head of the gravel shore)
Kensaleyre stands near the end of a long tidal bay. Two standing stones near the shore are said to have been used as a cooking place by Fionn, a mythical hunter and warrior.


PEINMORE (Gaelic: Big penny land)

PRABOST (Norse: Broad farm)

RHENETRA (Gaelic: Level shore)

SKEABOST BRIDGE (Norse: Protected land)
The 'Battle of Trouternes' or 'Battle of Achadh na Fala' (field of blood) between the MacDonalds and the MacLeods took place here in 1539 to decide who would own Trotternish. They fought on the banks of the Skeabost river, which at the time was the boundary of MacDonald and MacLeod land.

Saint Columba's Chapel (ruin and graveyard) is situated on a small island in the River Snizort and vies with 'Eilean a` Loch' near Kilmuir for being the first Christian church on the island.

THE AIRD (Gaelic: Point or headland)

TOTE (Gaelic: Ruin)
The site of a viking grave which was unearthed after the first World War. A number of Viking artefacts were found in the grave. By the side of the road, a short way from the junction stands Clach Ard, a standing stone covered in very weathered remains of Pictish carving.