Carbost and Talisker on Skye
Carbost is a very small Village on the
west side of the Isle of Skye, 8 miles
west of Sligachan, 17 miles southwest
of Portree. Carbost is popular for
the Talisker Whisky Distillery shop and
tours, and Boat Trips.
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The top image is from the centre of Carbost
looking east with the large white building
being the Talisker Whiskey Distillery and the
Cuillin Mountains in the distance. The drive
out from Sligachan to Carbost alongside Loch
Harport is one of the scenic roads on the
The second image is of the Talisker Whisky
Distillery with a large shop, museum and
The Cafe is situated across the road from
the Distillery where there are also a number of
signs showing the boat tours that can be taken
The Booking office for Boat Tours is a short
walk from the Distillery with a large grassland
with seating overlooking the Jetty.
Sea Skye Marine offer
3 trips on fast RIBs from 1 and a half hours to
three hours to view wildlife and some rugged
coastal areas on this part of Skye.
The road leads 4 miles further west to
Portnalong at the end of the Peninsular.
Portnalong is an area with a number of well
spaced houses with a selection of B&Bs,
Hostels and the Taigh Ailean Hotel.
Carbost and Talisker History
1830s - the Highland Clearances began to
make way for large scale sheep farming, and to
reduce the number of people so as to make
rebellions less likely. This lead to many
people from the area re-locating, some to
America, some to the mainland cities.
1831 - Talisker Distiller is built at
Carbost for Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill after
they acquired the lease of Talisker House from
1880 - 87 - the Distillery was re-built and
extended in 1900 producing Triple Distilled
single malt whisky.
1928 - Talisker changed to Double
1960 - Talisker was rebuilt after a fire in
a stillhouse destroyed the distillery.