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English nameBealach Udal
Gaelic nameBealach Udal
Meaningthe pass of distress

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeHill Pass ~ Bealach
Post townIsle of Skye
Postcode areaIV41
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNG752207
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes 
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:

“Bealach Udal is ‘the pass of distress’, and is a path used for walking between Breakish and Kylerhea. It probably gained its name because it is very steep and difficult to climb.”

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