Ella's Café





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In older times, the beginning of May was when many groups in Scotland and Ireland took their flocks and herds to higher pastures for the summer. There were several practical reasons for making this move.
First, sheep do this by instinct. Second, the newly planted crops needed protection from the grazing animals. Third, the practice made good use of land that was not suitable for farming but sufficient for grazing.
In Ireland, going to the upper pastures was called buaile or booley; in the Highlands, it was known as the sheiling. In both cases, the same term referred to the huts used in summer.

Myself, my spouse, and my children,
My tender children and their beloved mother at their head.
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling,
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling.
(Carmina, #73)
The Sheiling
The Sheiling is a brand new multi-faceted business venture encompassing independent business units, a café, market spaces, performance venue, meeting rooms, events, exhibitions and function areas.

We're attempting to help develop and promote new business on Skye by providing facilities, guidance and 'stepping stones' to encourage fledgling startups.

The Sheiling is a uniquely refurbished old agricultural building, full of character and charm, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that lends itself to the social and entrepreneurial spirit of Skye.

When trying to describe The Sheiling we often use two phrases. "We're open to suggestions" - because we aim to provide what people want, not what we think they need, and therefore "It's a work in progress" - because our building, activities and businesses are constantly changing, adapting and evolving.

If you think you know The Sheiling - you should see it now.