The Gaelic Side of Scotland

Gaelic is the Celtic language of the highlands and islands of north and west Scotland, so that is where you need to look to find evidence on a map.

I used my road map and turned to the back for a map of the north of Scotland.  Roads can be quite sparse in this area so there is plenty of space to name landscape features on the map.

There’s a Beinn and a couple of Sgurrs up there in the Cuillin Hills on the Isle of Skye.

I managed to find all of these, either as individual words or as part of a place name.  See if you can too.

Ard or Aird = high point

Bealach = pass

Beag = small

Beinn = mountain

Caol = sea inlet

Cnoc = hill

Creag = crag or rock

Drochaid = bridge

Drum or druim = ridge

Kin or ken = head

Meall = round hill

Sgurr = scree (that’s a pile of loose rock)

Tom = hillock

Remember to ask yourself questions – so Kin is head and if you find Kinlochleven you might expect it at the head of Loch Leven.  Is it?

Buachaille Etive Mor is next to Buachaille Etive Beag so can you guess what Mor means?