Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 28

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Beach of the sigh - AMcL.

This may be a corruption of Hoisnis - JH

This is a Norse headland name: ON óss ‘outlet, mouth of a river...frequent in local names, Óss, Ós-ló in Norway’ (CV, 473), with ON nes ‘promontory’. The ‘river’ is likely to be the tidal race between Tiree and Coll.
There is a Loch Ossigary on Harris, an Ossi Tang on South Ronaldsay, Orkney, and an Ossi Geo in Lerwick (SP); there is an Osnes in Karmøy, Norway (NG); Osnes is a farm name in Norway (OR); and Ósnes is a common place-name in Iceland.

Other Forms: Tràigh na h-Osnaiche - ONB p121, "Sighing Beach"

Related Places:

Tràigh Hoisinis is a longer beach facing north. Tràigh na h-Osnaiche is separate, round the point and to the south facing Gunna. The next one Tràigh nan Corr (heron) - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/2009 and 3/2010.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 5/1996

Informant 2: OS