The Highland Clearances

Boreraig, Isle of Skye


Loch Eishort, looking west from Boreraig


Boreraig, on the northern shore of Loch Eishort, is one of Skye's most famous Clearance villages. Like
Tusdale, further up Skye's west coast, Boreraig lies in a green and fertile glen, sheltered and south-facing,
and even today, as you come over the hill above the township, its meadows of sweet grass gleam like an oasis
below you. There are many ruins here, some in a reasonable state of preservation, with walls still shoulder-high,
even a few door- and window-lintels still in place. As usual, however, the biggest and most impressive ruins are
those of the house and steading built for the tenant-farmer when the village was finally cleared in 1877. The sheep
farm was abandoned in 1910. This is one of the most sad and poignant places in all the Highlands and Islands.





BACK TO THE SKYE PAGE ----------MORE BORERAIG IMAGES ---------- BACK TO CLEARANCES HOMEPAGE ----------BACK TO CLEARANCES MAP