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English nameValtos
Gaelic nameBhaltos
Meaningwaterless place

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891Kilmuir
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
Relevant main roadsA885
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG508636
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningON vatnlausa ~ waterless place
Element typewater associated (except marsh)

External Resources

OS mapsGazetteer for Scotland

Further Information

Language notesON vatnlausa: ‘waterless place’
Valtos 1820 Thomson
Valtos: fold ridge, völd-áss vold (sic) for field (Norse) Forbes, 444
Bhaltos Sorley Maclean, An Cuilitheann
Bhaltos, river mouth, from Norse Mac an Tàilleir
Additional infoThis derivation is offered by Oftedal 1954 no. 58, with metathesis of [-tL-] to [-Lt-].
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