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Gaelic, Norse, Brittonic? A look into the history and origins of place names around our area

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Craggan a’Chait, ‘the little rock of the cat’, is a child summit of Càrn Bàn. It stands 778m high overlooking Toll Lochan (from toll, ‘hole’), which is reputedly one of the more magnificent corries in Scotland. Beinn an Eòin (544 m) or ‘hill of the bird’ is a very extensive hill between Glen Cassley and Glen Oykel. Leaba Bhruic (686m), also known as Diebidale ridge, means ‘the badger’s lair’ (from bhruic, badger). Poll cas Gaibhre, ‘goat’s foot pool’, is a deep rounded hollow near the Kyle of Sutherland between Helendale and Rhu an Taoir (ruigh an t-saoir, ‘the carpenter’s slope’). These geological features are the result of a sinkhole on a glacier, which is called a moulin or a glacier mill.  Innis nan Damh between Inveroykel and Oape, means ‘meadow of the stag’ and shares etymology with the well-known Inchnadamph in Assynt. We find Meall an Daimh Bhig (468m), ‘small rounded hill of the stag’, and Meall an Daimh Mhòir (564m), ‘big rounded hill of the stag’ north of Beinn Tharsuinn.

by silvia muras

Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle

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