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English nameBeinn na Caillich
Gaelic nameBeinn na Caillich

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeMountain/Hill ~ Beinn/Cnoc
Post townIsle of Skye
Postcode areaIV49
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNG601233
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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SourcesThis name was gathered as part of a local research project on the place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye and was published in a booklet by SNH and AÀA. The Following quote appears in that booklet:

“In the centre of Strath, Beinn na Caillich, ‘the hill of the old lady’, is known as the last resting place of ‘Saucy Mary’. Saucy Mary was a Norwegian princess who wanted to be buried on the mountain so that the winds of Norway would blow over her. Her castle was said to be Caisteal Maol, in Kyleakin, the remains of which still stand today. Many places-names in the Hebrides containing the word cailleach have a traditional link with a Norwegian princess. Another story says a hag was being chased and jumped from Beinn na Caillich in Kyleakin onto Beinn na Caillich in Broadford, where she was caught and killed.”

Gaelic in the Landscape: Place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye (Scottish Natural Heritage 2015): 32
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