Township: An Àird a Deas,Caolas

Map Reference: Ardeas 28

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Literally 'Beach of the sigh' - AMcL.

This is a Norse headland name in ON nes ‘promontory’. The initial h- has been projected from the first element, ScG Tràigh. The specific is plausibly ON austr 'east' (CV, 35). This is topographically very appropriate as the most easterly point on Tiree. The phonetic development au > o: is quite common on Tiree: for example, ON haugr > Hògh (see section 17.4.2.1).
This derivation has been proposed for *Oshmal on Islay (Macniven 2015, 201); Eastafea, Eastaquoy and Estiber 'east rock' are names on Rousay (Marwick 1995 (1947), 50); Austeneset and Østnes are found in Norway (NG); Austur- is a common specific in Iceland, as in Austurhlíð (SAM).

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

Related Places:

Information:
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