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English nameBothan an Tairbh
Gaelic nameBothan an Tairbh
Meaningthe pen of the bull

Location and type of place name

Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeBarn ~ Sabhal
Post townIsle of Skye
Postcode areaIV42
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNG673241
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:

“Bothan an Tairbh, ‘the pen of the bull’, is a ruin in Ardnish where a bull was supposedly kept. Until recently, wooden posts that made up a pen beside the ruin were visible. Locals still remember when there were bulls at Ashaig, Ardnish and the grazings at Achadh a’ Chùirn. One of the bulls – either at Ardnish or Ashaig – escaped and fought with the other bull and no-one could get near them for a week. Today crofting practices have changed, and a single bull is hired over the summer and kept at Ashaig.”

Gaelic in the Landscape: Place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye (Scottish Natural Heritage 2015): 42

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