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English nameRubha na h-Easgainne
Gaelic nameRubha na h-Easgainne
Meaningthe promontory of the eel

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeHeadland ~ Rubha
Post townIsle of Skye
Postcode areaIV46
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNG529115
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:

“Rubha na h-Easgainne, the most southern point of Strathaird, is ‘the promontory of the eel’. It is also known locally as Rubha an Easgair. Easgar was understood as a storm of wind and rain, although it can also mean esker, a long sandy ridge.”

Gaelic in the Landscape: Place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye (Scottish Natural Heritage 2015): 16
Additional info Alternative form: Rubha an Easgair, the promontory of the esker
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