1100s - the Vikings are forced out of the
Western Isles by Scottish Kings. Scots Clans,
loyal to the Kings, were used to gain, and keep
control of the areas once held by the
1698 - first records are made of Marble
being Quarried in this area of Skye.
1700s - Broadford was a cattle market.
1746 - Bonnie Prince Charlie was helped by
Captain John MacKinnon of Skye to flee Scotland
after the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of
Culloden. In return, Charlie gave MacKinnon
a recipe for his personal liqueur made from
Brandy, honey, herbs and spices. The
MacKinnon's then began making the liqueur for
1812 - Thomas Telford built a road from
Portree to Kyleakin, passing through Broadford.
Kyleakin is where ferries ran before the Skye
Bridge was completed in 1995, the shortest
crossing to the Scottish mainland.
1800s - Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars
settled in Broadford, with an area of the
village named Waterloo.
1800s - James Ross ran the Broadford Inn,
today the Broadford Hotel, where he developed
the liqueur the MacKinnon's had been making for
over 100 years, by mixing Scotch whisky, honey,
herbs and spices. Ross named the liqueur
Drambuie, meaning in Scots Gaelic, the drink
1800s - marble was Quarried at the Beinn na
Caillich Hill on the northwest side of
1893 - the name Drambuie was registered as a
1904 - a Railway was built to carry Marble
to the Pier at Broadford.
1907 - the company named Skye Marble was set
up, expanding Marble production and
Skye marble is claimed to have been used in
buildings such as Armadale Castle, Iona Abbey,
Hamilton Palace by Glasgow, the Vatican in
Italy, and Palace of Versailles in France.
1910 - 1914 - a steam locomotive named the
Skylark was operated on that line.
1909 - production of Drambuie began
in Edinburgh, soon being sold around the