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Aiteann – ceangal eadar Dà Dheoch / Juniper – a link between Gin and Whisky

Bidh daoine a’ ceangal aiteann ri sine ach air a’ Ghàidhealtachd tha am preas cuideachd ceangailte ri uisge-beatha / Juniper is intimately linked with gin but, in the Highlands of Scotland, it also has connections to whisky … Aiteann – … Continue reading

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An t-Ùraisg – Mac-meanmnach no Fìor? / The Urisk – Scotland’s ‘Bigfoot’?

Ma nochdas ainm ‘gnè ainmhidh’ air mapa oifigeil, feumaidh gu bheil e fìor is creideasach … no an fheum …? / If an ‘animal species’ is named on an official map, it must surely be a biological reality …. mustn’t … Continue reading

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Eilrigean – far an do shealgadh fèidh / Elricks – where deer were hunted

Tha na h-uibhir de dh’ainmean-àite le ‘Eilrig’ a’ dearbhadh far an robhar a’ sealg nam fiadh / The Scottish landscape abounds in ‘Eilrig/Elrick’ place-names, commemorating great hunts of the past. Eilrigean – Comharraidhean de Shealg nam Fiadh Ann am pàipear … Continue reading

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Lorg Ghlaschu – In Search of the Dear Green Place

Musician Mary Ann Kennedy was brought up in Glasgow in a Gaelic-speaking family with island roots. In our post today, Mary Ann digs deep into the natural Gaelic and other roots of the Dear Green Place. You can read the … Continue reading

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Sgeul Allt a’ Bhradain / The Story of the Salmon’s Burn

Tha mòr-sgeul air cùl ainm-àite inntinneach ann an Loch Abar / A sadly fulfilled prophecy lies behind a fishy place-name in Lochaber … Bàs Gormshuil agus Allt a’ Bhradain ’S dòcha gu bheil e na iongnadh do chuid nach eil … Continue reading

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Ten Gaelic place name facts

Many of Scotland’s place names have Gaelic origins, some with fascinating stories and some very surprising. Here we’ve chosen our top ten. The Cairngorms get their English name from the Gaelic An Càrn Gorm ‘the blue mountain’ (the location of … Continue reading

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