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English nameKylerhea
Gaelic nameCaol Reithe
Meaningthe narrows of Reatha / Reithe
Genitive formChaol Reithe

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 townKYLE
Postcode areaIV40
Relevant main roadsA87
OS sheet number412, 413
OS grid referenceNG796224
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG caol ~ narrow; Reatha / Reithe ~ obscure element
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. caol, masc. ‘narrow’ + gen. sg. of Reatha / Reithe, an obscure element, perhaps a personal name = ‘the narrows of Reatha / Reithe’.
Chewles Re 1654 Blaeu Map (Northern Scotland)
Kyle Rhea 1776 Mackenzie: South part
Caol Reithe: Readh is a personal name Forbes, 382
Caol Reatha Robertson MS375, 87
Caol Reatha Sorley Maclean, Tìm is Sgùrr Ùrain
Caol Reatha "the narrows of Reatha, a member of the Mac an Tàilleir
legendary band of warriors known as the Fianna or Fèinne."
[kʰɯ:l rɛ:] local source, Sòdhaigh
Additional infoRichard Cox (personal communication): “Caol Reithe... was the form used by T.M. Murchison, who was brought up here.”
The Blaeu form suggests the generic element was originally caolas ~ strait.
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