The land at Unish is reached from the road end at Trumpan and comprises a spectacular block of land with sweeping views to the Outer Hebrides and bounded by majestic cliffs.
The land is a mixture of pastureland and moorland being graded a combination of 42 and 52 by the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research (now the James Hutton Institute). The subjects have a westerly aspect and range in height from sea level to 150 metres.
At the far North West end of the subjects is the derelict Unish House. The house was previously a B listed building however, the listing was removed in 2016. The building dates from the 17th century and comprises a roofless 2-storey, 5 narrow bay house of stone construction. There are also the remains of former black houses and steading surrounding the structure. The building/site may have potential to re-develop subject to obtaining appropriate planning consents.
Historical Note There is a lot of history relating to the Waternish Peninsula involving clan feuds, battles and the highland clearances. The most notable event located close to the land at Unish, Trumpan Church, were the location of the Battle of the Spoiled Dyke. The Macdonalds of Uist barred the door of Trumpan Church and then set fire to the church full of Macleod worshipers. On hearing the news, the Chief of Clan Macleod and his men set off to Ardmore Bay where a battle ensued. The MacDonalds were killed almost to a man. The corpses of the Macdonalds were dragged and buried in a turf dyke which is now remembered as the Battle of the Spoiled Dyke. The Battle of Waternish also took place in the area which was one of the Many battles between the Macleods and Macdonalds.
Unish itself former tack (part of the MacLeod land holdings) the house being the tacksmans house. It was around here that Bonnie Prince Charlie first attempted to land on his trip from Benbecula in 1746 he was reputably warned off by some of the militia raised for MacLeods independent company taking a few pot shots at the boat.
This property has 424 acres of land.