In our day and age, people seem to be more interested than ever before in their genealogy, their heritage and the history of their area. Many Highland and island communities have set up local historical societies which meet regularly and work diligently to gather and preserve all that is left of the history of the place and of the people. Although Skye is not so well endowed with such societies as the other islands it certainly can boast of its riches in history, most of which is worthy of being preserved for posterity. Not only do we have within our confines Duntulm with its long notable line of chiefs and vassals but we have the remains of a monastery built by the great Irish missionary St. Columba in the sixth century and of more recent times we have the burial place and monument of Flora MacDonald whose courage and fidelity made the escape from Scotland to France of Bonnie Prince Charlie possible.
This book is made up not so much of the important and well known episodes of history but of local features of lore and memories that are still being related in the district.
The contents of the book deal with the district of Kilmuir and Kilmaluag – a crofting area at the most northerly tip of Trotternish where the Gaelic language is still being spoken and taught.
The book is the brain-child of a small group of local folk who realise that in the not too distant future what is now left of the story of our past will be lost forever if no effort is made to have it put on record.