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Tarskavaig is on the West side of Sleat, the most Southern of the Skye peninsulas in this Landsat view.
Tarskavaig is on the West side of Sleat, the most Southern of the Skye peninsulas in this Landsat view.

Tarskavaig (Tarscabhaig in Scottish Gaelic) is a crofting village on the West coast of Sleat on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. It sits in a glen which meets Tarskavaig Bay and lies opposite the Isles of Eigg, Rum and Canna.

It is often said that Tarskavaig has the best view of the Cuillin in Skye.

Tarskavaig is a traditional crofting village with a high number of Gaelic speakers, several families with children, and active crofters. It has an SSSI related to the Tarskavaig Moine Thrust, which is located within the village.

The name of the village reflects the long and mixed history of the village, being an old Norse name, Torsk Vig, or Cod Bay in English. This connection between the Vikings and the Gaels can be seen by the inclusion of tarsk as a loan word in Gaelic, from torsk.


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