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English nameEyre
Gaelic nameEighre
Meaninggravel bank, beach

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Snizort
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG413525
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON eyrr ~ gravel bank, beach
Element typestones

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesON eyrr, fem. ‘gravel bank, beach’
Ire 1596 RMS vi no. 453
Ire 1630 Retours (Inverness) no. 50
Yr 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Ire 1688 Retours (Inverness) no. 109
Eyrin 1776 Mackenzie: North part
Eyre 1881 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Eyre: gravelly beach Forbes, 187
Eighre: beach or sand spit Mac an Tàilleir
Additional infoEyre mentioned in Iain Mac an Tàilleir is a different place, but with the same topology. Cleasby-Vigfusson states that the term relates a gravelly bank, either of the banks of a river or small tongues of land running into the sea. In this case Eyre is on the bank of Loch Eyre. See Henderson 1910, 354 note i for further discussion.
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