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English nameRubha Smuaireag
Gaelic nameRubha Smuaireag
Meaningthe promontory of the descending mist

Location and type of place name

LocationElgol
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeHeadland ~ Rubha
Post townIsle of Skye
Postcode areaIV46
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OS grid referenceNG517146
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:

“Promontories, skerries and bays necessarily play an important role in island life. South of Elgol is Rubha Smuaireag or Smuaireig. Smuaireag is understood here to be a descending mist, much like a waterfall, and thus there is ‘the promontory of the descending mist’. The word is probably a variant of smùid, ‘smoke or mist’. Similarly, the Falls of Foyers at Loch Ness in Gaelic is Eas na Smùide, and indicates the idea of mist rising like smoke.”

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

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