The Place-names of Assynt

November 23rd 2021

The Place-names of Assynt

The Field Club’s constitution states its aims as ‘to encourage the study and enjoyment of the Assynt landscape, geology and wildlife’.  Most of the Club’s activities centre, predictably, on the wildlife of the parish. On occasion we do focus on the other aspects.

Such an opportunity arose late in 2021, after we had posted on our website Gemma Smith’s splendid contribution to the Quinag Wildlife Project, entitled Ainmean-Àite na Cuinneige | The Place-names of Quinag.

In October 2021 some residual grant money became available from the Coigach and Assynt Living Landscape Partnership, which we matched with funds from the Field Club.  We were pleased to be able to offer it to Gemma to put together a revised version of her 2019 thesis for a Degree of Master of Research from the Department of Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow.

We are delighted that Gemma’s thesis [6MB pdf] is now available on our website and it can be accessed by clicking on its full title below.

A rickle of stones. A name on a map’: The Place-names of Assynt


Ian M. Evans

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Single bird hovering between road and waterfall, Clashnessie (Neil McCrimmon) (26/11)

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A mixed flock of c30 fieldfare and c10 redwing in tall aspens, Nedd (Ian Evans). Mixed flock of 200+ birds over Culkein Drumbeg (DAH) (23/11)


Single bird by River Inver, Brackloch (Carol Langford) (22/11)


Single hen bird in back garden, Nedd (Ian Evans).  Rarely seen in this part of Assynt (21/11)

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Single bird hovering by roadside, Inchnadamph (Richard Chappell and Ennis Jones) (20/11)