Sir, On my recent visit to Arran I was surprised to see that CMAL has apparently renamed Brodick ‘Castle Beach’, at least according to the Gaelic part of the signs, Tràigh a’ Chaisteil.
Was somebody influenced by the name of the Barra ferry terminal at Castlebay, or Bàgh a Chaisteil?
It’s all very well wanting a romantic name for a facility which is functional rather than romantic (and incidentally will double at least the length foot passengers have to walk twixt bus and boat), but I would respectfully point out that (a) the terminal is some distance from the nearest beach and (b) it is even further from the castle.
In fact, because of its proximity to both castle and a beach, Brodick Old Quay has more claim to be called Tràigh a’ Chaisteil than does the new terminal.
I’m all for the bilingual signs, but what on earth was wrong with Breadhaig, as is on the sign at the existing terminal?
To name the new terminal after features two miles away is just silly.
Jane Ann Liston, St Andrews.