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  1. Jane
    April 9, 2024 @ 5:34 pm

    In the 17th or 18th century the large peak behind Brodick Castle was called Goatfield Hill, which doesn’t agree with the Norse origin. However the name for Goatfell in Scott’s ‘Lord of the Isles’ is ‘Ben-Ghoil’ which I think means windy hill. Modern Scots Gaelic appears to be Beinn Ghaothach. I therefore think that the vowels have become switched and read as ‘goat’. So I suggest that Goatfell is actually derived from Gaelic for windy hill or mountain, and if you’ve ever been up there, you will agree that it is an accurate description.


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