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English nameKensaleyre
Gaelic nameCeann Sàil Eighre
Meaninghead of the inlet at the beach
Genitive formCheann Sàil Eighre

Location and type of place name

LocationSkye, Inner Hebrides
Local authorityHighland ~ A’ Ghàidhealtachd
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Inverness-shire ~ Siorrachd Inbhir Nis
Topographical feature type
Post townPORTREE
Postcode areaIV51
OS sheet number408
OS grid referenceNG423515
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


Element meaningG ceann ~ head; sàil ~ inlet; ON eighre ~ beach
Element type

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Further Information

Language notes
SourcesLoch Cenna Sail Eire 1820 Thomson
L. Kean Saleyne 1857 Admiralty Charts

G nom. sg. ceann, masc. ‘head, end’ + G gen. sg. of sàil, ‘sea bay’ masc. + en Eighre

Henderson 1910 p. 190: “a hybrid, the first part signifying Kintail, or ’head of the salt-water,’ the last being N. eyrr, ’pebbly beach.”
IMacT: Ceann Sàil Eighre. "The head of the inlet at the beach", from Gaelic/Norse.
Forbes p.222 Head of the sea gravelly beach ceann-sail-ire, eyrr
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