What’s in a name?

The Oban Times - - 6 Community News -

I DON’T know which county in Scot­land holds the record for the long­est sin­gle-word place name, but Ar­gyll must stand fairly high.

In Morvern, near Cloun­laid in the White Glen, we have ‘Ach­natavishruskline’ and on the old Lochbuie Es­tate on Mull, ‘Uab­hachaleach­das­tavin’.

Nei­ther though are any match for a town in Wales called ‘Llan­fair­p­wll­gwyn­gyll­gogerych­wyrn­drob­will­l­lan­tysil­i­o­gogogoch’ which trans­lated into English means ‘The Church of St Mary in the Hol­low of White Hazel Trees near the rapid whirlpool of St Tysilio’s of the Red Cave’.

I will leave it to some­one bet­ter schooled in the Gaelic lan­guage than I am to pro­vide ac­cu­rate trans­la­tions of the first two. What­ever they may be, I wouldn’t care to try pass­ing any of them by tele­phone to a mail or­der com­pany south of Cri­an­larich or hav­ing them as part of my email ad­dress!

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