Gaelic hillname pronunciation made easier

stob-dearg-buachaille-etive-morPronouncing the names of the mountains in Scotland can be as difficult as climbing them to some visitors. Walkhighlands has launched a new series of easy-to-use pages that enable visitors to more easily find and listen to recordings of the pronunciation of Gaelic hillnames. The recordings – which feature a native Gaelic speaker – are the most comprehensive set available, covering all the Munros, Corbetts and Grahams. There are also hundreds of recordings of other placenames accessible via the ‘play’ button next to the title on walk descriptions, such as all of those on the Isle of Skye. The names are pronounced as spoken by a modern Gaelic speaker; there are variations in local pronunciation across Scotland

“We also recognise that Gaelic names can present a challenge to those unfamiliar with the language. For these reasons we offer a simple resource through our website where a sound file can be requested and the end user able to hear the pronunciation of the name.

“This is not aimed at academics or linguists and we do not aim here to offer a local Gaelic pronunciation. It is our intention to offer a generic pronunciation suitable for the learner.

To access the new pages of hill name recordings:

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