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English nameBunarkaig
Gaelic nameBun Arcaig
Meaningthe foot of the river Arcaig

Location and type of place name

LocationLochaber, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmallie
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaPH34
Relevant main roadsA8005
OS sheet number392, 400
OS grid referenceNN186877
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG bun ~ foot; Arcaig ~ obscure river-name
Element typetopographywater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. bun, masc. ‘foot’ + possibly gen. sg. of Arcaig, obscure river-name element = ‘the foot of the river Arcaig’.
[loch]-Argaig c. 1620 Pont text 85v
Lochairgak 1630 Geog. Coll. ii, 221
BOWN ARKIGG 1796 Plan of Intended Road... RHP11607
Bun Arkaig 1874 OS 6inch 1st ed.
Airceág or Airceig Watson 1926, 449
Bun-Airceig MacMillan, 254
Arcaig MacKinnon, 20
[Loch] ArceigMac an Tàilleir 2003
Bun Arcaig previous signage
Arkaig TM
Additional infoBeveridge, 38, states Bunarkaig has not been found on any old documents. He implies that the name was once Inverarkaig, which is no longer extant but present in some old forms. Given the paucity of old forms for this name, this seems reasonable. See Inchree entry for another example of the interchangibility between bun and inbhir in this area.
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