Skye and Lochalsh

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SKYE & LOCHALSH (District Council)

Additions : 1975 Skye, South-West Ross & Cromarty
Incorporated into : 1996 Highland (Area Council)

Arms (crest) of Skye and Lochalsh

Official blazon

Per fess in chief per pale Azure and Vert and in base Azure: in chief a pale Or charged of a lymphad, sails furled and oars in action Sable, flagged Gules, all between dexter, a castle triple­ towered and embattled Argent masoned Sable, windows and port Gules, and sinister, a boar's head erased holding in its mouth a shank-bone of a deer Argent, and in base a stag's head cabossed Or; overall on a fess wavy Argent a barrulet wavy Azure.

Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory District Council, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased from which are issuant eight thistle-heads (three and two halves visible) Or.


The arms were granted on October 6, 1987.

The arms show a wavy bar, which symbolises the Kyle of Lochalsh, the channel separating Skye from the mainland. The upper part represents Skye, and shows elements of the arms of the three main clans; the silver castle for MacLeod of MacLeod, the ship for Macdonald of Sleat and the boar's head holding a shankbone for Mackinnon.

The lower half represents Lochalsh on the mainland and shows the stag;s head from the clan Mackenzie of Kintail.

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