An Stob Ban from Lochan Coire Nam MiseachGaelic is Scotland’s oldest spoken language and is associated with a rich and varied culture. At one time Gaelic was the main language of the Scottish nation, as is testified by the evidence of place names to the present day. Remarkably, Gaelic has survived into the 21st Century; This Gaelic heritage has played, and continues to play, a key role in shaping the distinctive identity of the area and defining its character. It is still widely used across the Highlands and the Islands.

The Highland Council have a plan in place to include Gaelic throughout signs across the region. Gaelic is a very descriptive language and most landscape features are named after what the people were looking at and what they interoperated them to look like. Most of the mountains around the Highlands are known by their Gaelic names even though on maps they may appear in the English spelling, below is a few examples of the Gaelic mountains and the ‘inventive’ descriptions of the names.

Beinn Nibheis:   “Venomous Mountain (various translations)”

Meall an t-Suidhe:   “Lump of the Seat”

An Carn Dearg:   “The Red Cairn”

An Carn Mor Dearg:  “The Big Red Cairn”

Coire Eoghainn: “Euan’s Corrie”

Dun Deardail:  “The Fort of Deardail (known by some as Deirdre)”

An t-Aonach Mor:  “The Big Hill”

An t-Aonach Beag:  “The Little Hill”

Sgurr a ‘ Mhaim:  “Point of The Breast Shaped Hill”

An Gearanach:  “The Complainer”

Stob Coire a’ Chairn:  “Peak of The Corrie of The Rocky Hill”

An Stob Ban:  “The White Peak”

Mullach nan Coirean:  “The Summit of the Corries”

Sgor an lubhair:   “Peak of The Yew Tree”

Am Bodach: “The Old Man”

An Gearsdan (Fort William):   “The Garrison”

Allt a’ Mhuilinn:  “The Burn of The Mill”

Am Poll Dubh:  “The Black Pooll”

Achadh an t-Suidhe:   “The Field of The Seat”

An Coire Giuthsachan:   “The Corrie Abounding in Firs”

Stob Coire na h-Eirghe:   “Peak of the Corrie of The Uprising/Ascent”

An Meall Cumhann:   “The Narrow Lump”