The Scots origins of place names in Britain
Find the original meanings of British place names that use Scots source words with this extensive list of terms, along with pronunciation.
Long-time contributor Thomas Obst recently sent in this photo of Loch Hiort in St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, looking from the beach on Hirta to Bioda Mor.
St Kilda is the remotest part of the British Isles, 64km from North Uist. The loch is also known as Bàgh a' Bhaile in Gaelic, and is on the coast of the largest island in the archipelago, Hirta. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its exceptional natural beauty and for the significant natural habitats that it supports. It's owned by the National Trust for Scotland and there are no permanent residents, although there are visitors, especially in summer. You can take a day trip from the Isle of Harris or the Isle of Skye, or explore for longer with multi-day stays. It's especially popular with birdwatchers due to the wide variety of seabirds, including the Atlantic puffin, northern Fulmar and Gannets.
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Or see the GetOutside Local Info page for Lock Hiort to find more information, discover local walking routes and more.