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The purpose of Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba is to:
  • Determine authoritative forms of Gaelic place-names across Scotland with reference to both research into historical forms and consolidation on current usage
  • Apply consistent orthography of Gaelic in place-names
  • To encourage the adoption of these forms of Gaelic place-names
The partners in Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba (AÀA) are drawn from the main authorities on and users of Gaelic place-names:

Bòrd na Gàidhlig
The Highland Council
Argyll and Bute Council
Scottish Parliament
Scottish Government
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Ordnance Survey
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Place-Name Society
University of the Highlands and Islands
Historic Environment Scotland

AÀA is run by a committee of all the partners.We are funded mainly by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, with contributions from councils and other users of our service. The project now employs two staff, one based at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye, and one in Edinburgh.

AÀA developed from the Gaelic Names Liaison Committee (GNLC) established in 2000 when Ordnance Survey asked a range of organisations for advice on Gaelic place-names. When the government started a policy of bi-lingual road signage in the Highlands in 2003, GNLC was asked to research Gaelic names for the signs. As the use of Gaelic signage has grown, so has our role and in 2006 the group expanded to form the Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba partnership. Increasingly AÀA is being asked for help with bilingual street, building and path signs as councils bring their Gaelic Language Plans into operation.

This website has been published with support from Comunn na Gàidhlig and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Last Updated: 2017-03-25
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