Sitemap | Low Graphics Version
Gaelic Road Signs
Search Results

Details

English nameKyleakin
Gaelic nameCaol Acain
Meaningthe narrows of Haakon
Genitive formChaol Acain

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Strath
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townISLE OF SKYE
Postcode areaIV41
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number412, 413
OS grid referenceNG750263
Type of namePlace ~ Àite

Elements

Element meaningG caol ~ narrow; Àcainn ~ Haakon
Element typetopographywater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland
Pronunciation

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. caol, masc. ‘narrow’ + gen. sg. of Àcainn, Haakon = ‘the narrows of Haakon’
Sources
Cheules Akin 1654 Blaeu Map (Skye)
Keilakin 1776 Mackenzie: South part
Caol Acain Dwelly 1912
Caolas Acuinn "Acunn’s strait or kyle" Forbes, 230
Caol Acain Dieckhoff
Caol Àcain "Haakon’s strait" Mac an Tàilleir
Caol Acain previous signage
Additional infoThe Blaeu form suggests the first element was originally caolas ~ strait.

Kyleakin (east) ~ Caol Acain an Ear
NG750263

Kyleakin (west) ~ Caol Acain an Ear
NG750263
Accessibility | Copyright © 2006-2011