A spectacular coastal block of grazing land together wih the remains of Unish House (derelict).

The land at Unish is reached from the road end at Trumpan and comprises a spectacular block of land with sweeping views to the Outer Hebrides and bounded by majestic cliffs.

The land is a mixture of pastureland and moorland being graded a combination of 42 and 52 by the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research (now the James Hutton Institute). The subjects have a westerly aspect and range in height from sea level to 150 metres.

At the far North West end of the subjects is the derelict Unish House. The house was previously a B listed building however, the listing was removed in 2016. The building dates from the 17th century and comprises a roofless 2-storey, 5 narrow bay house of stone construction. There are also the remains of former black houses and steading surrounding the structure. The building/site may have potential to re-develop subject to obtaining appropriate planning consents.

Historical Note There is a lot of history relating to the Waternish Peninsula involving clan feuds, battles and the highland clearances. The most notable event located close to the land at Unish, Trumpan Church, were the location of the ‘Battle of the Spoiled Dyke.’ The Macdonalds of Uist barred the door of Trumpan Church and then set fire to the church full of Macleod worshipers. On hearing the news, the Chief of Clan Macleod and his men set off to Ardmore Bay where a battle ensued. The MacDonalds were killed almost to a man. The corpses of the Macdonalds were dragged and buried in a turf dyke which is now remembered as the Battle of the Spoiled Dyke. The Battle of Waternish also took place in the area which was one of the Many battles between the Macleods and Macdonalds.

Unish itself former tack (part of the MacLeod land holdings) the house being the tacksman’s house. It was around here that Bonnie Prince Charlie first attempted to land on his trip from Benbecula in 1746 – he was reputably warned off by some of the militia raised for MacLeod’s independent company taking a few pot shots at the boat.

This property has 424 acres of land.


Health and Safety Interested parties when viewing should bear in mind the remote location of the property and also the terrain and sizeable cliffs which bound the land.


Unish is located at the North West tip of the Waternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The Waternish Peninsula is approximately 8 miles long and is situated between Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort in the North West of the island. The peninsula contains the hamlets of Stein and Lusta in Loch Bay to the South East and Halistra, Hallin and Trumpan further north.

The main settlement on the Isle of Skye is Portree (25 miles) and provides a wide range of retail, leisure and commercial facilities. The population is currently around 1,000 and the town is the location of the only secondary school on the island.

Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands, lies approximately 135 miles to the east. Inverness has a full range of retail, educational, leisure and commerce facilities together with a mainline railway station and an airport with flights to a wide range of UK destinations (including London Heathrow) and a limited number of European destinations (including Amsterdam).


From Inverness along the A82 to Invermoriston at which point turn onto the A87. This road should be followed to Kyle of Lochalsh, cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye and head for Portree. From Portree follow the A87 to Borve at which point turn off left onto the A850 through Edinbane and before reaching Dunvegan turn right onto the B896 single track road signposted Waternish. This road should be followed to Trumpan where the access to Unish is located.

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Other features

  • Expansive coastline measuring approximately 3 Miles
  • Grade 4(2) and 5(2) grazing land
  • Derelict Unish House (dates from 1600’s) may have potential for re-development (subject to planning)

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Ref: INV180096

Land At Unish, Trumpan Isle of Skye IV55

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Ref: INV180096

Land At Unish, Trumpan Isle of Skye IV55

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