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English namePentland Firth
Gaelic nameAn Caol Arcach

Location and type of place name

LocationNorthern Isles
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Caithness ~ Gallaibh
Topographical feature typeSea ~ Muir
Post townTHURSO
Postcode areaKW14
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceND2881
Type of nameOther ~ Eile


Element meaningG caol ~ narrows, channel; Arcach ~ of Orkney
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Further Information

Language notes 
Sources“ the present moment the Gaelic-speaking people of Caithness and Sutherland designate Orkney Arcu, and the Pentland Firth they know as the Caol Arcach, Narrows of Arcu” Sutherland and Caithness in Anceint Geography, MacKay, A., Proceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland, 1907, 87

An caol Arcach Watson CW9
An Caol Arcach: 1911 Watson in Dwelly
An Caol Arcach: 2014 S. Grannd, Faclair
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