Park Place Names

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Loch Long and the Rosneath PeninsulaCarrick –carraig –a rock (ideal as a castle foundation!)

Conic Hill –from Gaelic coinneach mossy.

Cowal –Comhghall –Comgall, grandson of King Fergus.

Drymen –from druim, ridge or back, more commonly appearing as a prefix in other Scottish place names as ‘Drum....’

Dunoon –dun abhainn –fort of the burn (stream).

Gartocharn –garradh carn –enclosure and stony hill, presumably a reference to Duncryne, the conspicuous cairn-shaped hill behind the village.LochearnheadGlenbranter –from branndair, meaning gridiron (cf Scots brander) –possibly an iron tool to brand cattle?

Glengyle –glean-goill –forked glen.

Inversnaid –inbhir na snathaid –mouth of the needle, where the needle part refers to the burn’s name.

Kilmun –the church or cell of St Mun

Loch Achray –loch an achaaidh reidh –loch of the level field OR ath-chrathaidh – ford of the shaking.

Loch KatrineLoch Ard –loch an aird –och of the height.

Loch Con - loch nan con –loch of the dogs.

Loch Earn - from Eireann, Ireland’s loch. (There is also a Lochan an Eirannaich – loch of the Irish, high up in Kirkton Glen, north of Balquhidder.)

Loch Eck –from Gaelic each, horse –so, horse loch. Other nearby horse related names include Echaig and Inverchapel (from Gaelic capall, a mare)

Loch Katrine –perhaps ceiterein ‘loch of the furies; from Welsh cethern. Other suggestions incude derivation from a corrupted form of old Gaelic word urrin, meaning place of torment