Isle of Skye
We do not know why this 10 acre piece of land was so called. The boring and possibly true reason is that the landowner wished to have a prestigious name for his new quarry. The Highlands were in vogue in Victorian times and it is quite logical to choose a famous name.
A second suggestion is that the sky larks live there. True, but not a valid reason for the name. The one we like, but it is most unlikely to be true is that a man with a broad Barnsley accent, where a hole is called an “oil”, complained it was so wet “There must be an oil in’t sky”
The parish bought the land, and that in itself is a complicated story, had the walls built and now the Ile of Skye is a place to walk, stand and stare and contemplate the views
The full story can be found in the copies of the Hunshelf Chat, the parish newsletter. Please click below to view