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English nameKyle of Lochalsh
Gaelic nameCaol Loch Aillse
Meaningthe narrows of Loch Aillse
Genitive formChaol Loch Aillse

Location and type of place name

LocationWester Ross, Highland
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Lochalsh
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number412, 413
OS grid referenceNG762273
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG caol ~ narrow; Loch Aillse
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. caol, masc. ‘narrow’ + gen. sg. of en Loch Aillse = ‘the narrow of Loch Aillse’
An Caol* Dwelly 1912
an Caol Watson 1904, 187
Alsh = Loch Aillse Watson 1926, 47
An Caol or Caol Loch Aillse Mac an Tàilleir
Caol Loch Aillse previous signage
Additional infoThere are two versions of this name: An Caol and Caol Loch Aillse. An Caol is used locally. Since the English on the sign employs the more explicit form then so should the Gaelic.
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