Talisker was for centuries a possession of the Clan Macleod. For nearly two hundred years it was associated with a cadet branch of the chiefly line, founded by Sir Roderick Macleod. Along with his brother, Sir Norman Macleod of Bernera, he was knighted in 1661 for his services to the royalist cause.
Talisker Bay is situated very near the sea. Towards the land are lofty hills streaming with waterfalls. The bay is littered by large pebbles which are extremely slippery when wet. Black sand can be found beyond the pebbles but only during low tide.
Facing west, Talisker Bay is an ideal location with excellent photographic potential. However, it is best to be avoided when the wind comes from a westerly direction.