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English nameRubha Àird a’ Ghualainn
Gaelic nameRubha Àird a’ Ghualainn
Meaningthe promontory of the height of the shoulder

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 areaIV49
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNG630157
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:

“Another promontory near Heaste is known today as Rubha Àird a’ Ghualainn. The word gualann means ‘shoulder’ and here relates to a shoulder of land jutting into the sea, thus ‘the promontory of the height of the shoulder’. Although it was also known as Àird a’ Ghuail, ‘the height of the coal’, gualann fits the topography better, as there is no gual, or ‘coal’ there, and it is likely that gual is a shortened form of gualann.”

Gaelic in the Landscape: Place-names of Strath, Isle of Skye (Scottish Natural Heritage 2015): 8

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