Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 54

Name Type: shore

Meaning: ScG sgiot 'dart, arrow' (Dwelly) does not account for the final palatalised /t/. There is an Abhuinn an Sgiot in South Uist (SP).
This, however, is more likely to be a Norse name. 'ON skítr ‘dirt’, may refer to stagnant pools on the beach where seaweed rots' (see Puldrite in Sandnes 2010a, 137).
There are few cognates in the Norse expansion zone for this derivation, although there is a Skeiten in Østre Toten, Norway (NG), and three examples of Skíturin among settlement names in the Faroe Islands (KO). Another possibility is that this name contains a prosthetic initial S- (Cox 2002, 64). There is a Kit Loch in Orkney, and a Kit Geo in Shetland (SP); there is a Kyte in Hordaland, Norway (NG)

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There is a big gully in the middle of this rock containing gravel. It is a fishing rock.

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Languages : Obscure

Informants: Lachie and Chrissie MacFarlane, Hynish, 1/1994

Informant 2: Willie Lamont, Mannal, 9/1995