The panel tells us:
"Before you is a small part of one of the most scenic
sea-lochs in Skye. Facing south into the Atlantic, Loch
Bracadale has a number of islands which, because of the
way they were formed, have near vertical seaward sides and
gently sloping landward sides. The local dark rock, volcanic
in origin, is basaltic in nature and has led to interesting
geological formations, like the islands, and the coast is
rich in pillars, arches, caves and waterfalls falling into
the sea. Beyond Idrigill Point there are three basalt pillars
known as "MacLeod's Maidens".
A thousand or more years ago, this area was settled by the
Vikings, who gave Bracadale and some of the ohter places,
like the islands of Oronsay and Wiay, their Nordic and not
Gaelic names. Later the lands here became the property of
the MacLeods of Dunvegan.
The statistical report for 1820 shows that the population
of Bracadale, before the "Highland Clearances",
was over 2000. In the late 1820's great changes took place
in how the land was used and vast numbers of people were
evicted from their homes and emigrated to the New World.
Most of the people from Bracadale settled in Nova Scotia,
Dr. Johnson visited Dun Beag Broch, behind you, when he
stayed in the area in 1773.
At Carbost, on the shores of Loch Harport, an arm of Loch
Bracadale, is the famous Talisker Distillery, which is open
to visitors from April to September."