Places are hard to identify in Gaelic
Sir, How I agree with Lewis Morrison (Letters, December 22) on bilingual road signs.
I wonder if, like me, he had trouble identifying Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain when it first appeared on road signs. It appears it must be remarkably close to Campbeltown or, perhaps, that should be Baile Campbell but I have searched Ordnance Survey and other maps back to 1801 and can find no place of that name in the area or any loch called Chille Chiarain. A similar search of Admiralty charts also drew a blank.
I finally found a map of the early 1600s using the name. There is, of course, the area of Kilkerran in the south of Campbeltown but why would the road signs point to a suburb rather than the main town? If we must have Gaelic signs, let us at least be up to date. I used to think that An Gearasdan held the prize as the most useless road sign in the world but Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain must take over that crown. John Carmichael, 6 Maryfield Road, Broughty Ferry.