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English namePortnalong
Gaelic namePort nan Long
Meaningthe port of the ships

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Bracadale
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Postcode areaIV47
Relevant main roadsB8009
OS sheet number410
OS grid referenceNG348348
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG port ~ harbour; long ~ ship
Element typecommunicationwater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesG nom. sg. port, masc. ‘harbour’ + gen. pl. fem. def. art. nan + gen. pl. long, fem. ship’ = ‘the port of the ships’
Port na Long 1881 OS 6 inch 1st edn.
Port nan Long "port or harbour of the ship" Forbes, 283
Port na Long, Port nan Long (Sleat) Forbes, 394
Port na Luinge Watson 1926,92
Port nan Long "the harbour of the ships" Mac an Tàilleir
[pʰɔʂʈ nəlõŋ] local source Sòdhaigh
Additional infoThere are two places with this name on Skye, it is not clear to which the Mac an Tàilleir one refers. The Watson name refers to a site on Tiree. It seems the two Skye names have been confused and the matter of singular or plural is now unclear.
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