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Carbost and Talisker on Skye

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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 at times Boat Trips. Postcode: IV47 8SR

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The top image right is from the centre of Carbost looking east with the large white building being the Talisker Whiskey Distillery with the Cuillin Mountains in the distance.

The drive out from Sligachan to Carbost alongside Loch Harport is one of the scenic roads on the Island.

The second image is of the Talisker Whisky Distillery with a large shop, museum and tours.

Talisker is a Single Malt Whisky matured between 8 and 80 years in American Oak Barrels, £45 to £7,500 per bottle.
Talisker Whisky Range.

The Cafe is across the road from the Distillery where there are also a number of signs showing the boat tours that can be taken from here.

The Booking office for Boat Tours is a short walk from the Distillery with a large grassland with seating overlooking the Jetty. There does not seem to be any operating in 2024.

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 Distillery is built at Carbost for Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill after they acquired the lease of Talisker House from the MacLeod's.

1880 - 87 - the Distillery was re-built and extended.

1900 - Talisker began producing Triple Distilled Single Malt Whisky.

1928 - Talisker changed to Double Distilling.

1960 - Talisker was rebuilt after a Fire in a Stillhouse destroyed the Distillery.

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