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Arts Heritage & Culture
Arts , Heritage and Culture
The Kilmuir area has its own unique and distinctive physical and oral cultural heritage. The parish of Kilmuir and Stenscholl had the largest proportion of Gaelic speakers in Skye & Lochalsh in both 2001 and 1991 census - 57% and 73% respectively.( Source Gaelic Report, Scotland's Census,2001) Physical evidence of the area's heritage abound; from the iron age forts and soutterains, to the early Celtic missionaries and to Duntulm Castle seat of the MacDonalds in Skye for generations until it moved to Monkstad House 4 miles away.
The ancient Kilmuir Cemetery contains the grave of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald and several other significant enclosures and graves.
The significance of Kilmuir in the fortunes of Clan Donald from the days of the clan system and the upheavals that led to the present day crofting community are all recorded in Kilmuir's rich oral Gaelic heritage, both song and story.
Kilmuir and Kilmaluag Historical Society have provided an invaluable focal point for local heritage
and history preservation. They have published two books, Echoes of the Past, and More Echoes of the Past by members of the society and created a photographic exhibition in 2016 part of which has become a permanent exhibition in the Kilmuir Hall.
Kilmuir Drama Group, a group of local people dedicated to Gaelic drama ( though not to the exclusion of English language productions on occasion), have brought Kilmuir to the forefront of Gaelic drama nationally over more than 20 years. The drama group have enhanced the cultural reputation of the area, and also encouraged an association with Kilmuir with drama in the wider artistic context of the Isle of Skye with Kilmuir Hall being their defacto and spiritual home.
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