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Lealt is a crofting settlement on the western coastline of the Sound of Raasay on the Trotternish peninsula of Skye. The River Lealt which gives its name to Lealt, passes through on the way to the Sound of Raasay.
The Lealt Valley Diatomite Railway was a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge which ran parallel with the River Lealt.
The western end of the line was at Loch Cuithir, where diatomite – known locally as Cailc (Scottish Gaelic for chalk) – was extracted from the lochbed and dried on wire nets. The seaward terminus had warehouses on the cliff-top at Invertote. At the base of the cliff was a factory where the diatomite was kiln dried, ground and calcined. The line was extended from the factory onto a pier into the Sound of Raasay. During its existence, the Skye Diatomite Company extracted 2000 tons of diatomite.
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