Township: Hynish

Map Reference: Hynish 80

Name Type: shore

Meaning: The roaring of Snòig

This coastal place-name occurs in five sites on Tiree, always applied to a small, pointed coastal rock: 'Snoog or Snjoogi is ON knúkr or knjúkr 'high knoll or peak hill-top'. It usually denotes a hill whose top shapes into a knoll or peak.' (Jakobsen 1897, 76) 'A change of ‘kn’ > ’sn’ initially can be shown in Orkney Norn, e.g. *snök, *snøk, hill peak, point. Now only as a place name, ON knúkr. This is common in Shetland Norn' (see snoddy, Marwick 1995 (1929), 353). Snòig appears to have become a Norn > Gaelic loan word on Tiree (see examples below).
The name Sneuk occurs in Hoy and Westray, Orkney; Da Sneug is one of the peaks of Foula, Shetland, and Sneugie and Sneugans are common place-names in Shetland (SP); there is a Knuken in Surnadal, Norway (NG); and Knúkin occurs five times among settlement names in the Faroe Islands (KO).

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Information:There is a hole in the rock. When the waves go through it at certain states of the tide "it's like a horn, you can here it from here" - DMcC.

Bùirean Shnòig is the spout hole at the end of Happy Valley. It makes most noise at mid tide if there is a heavy sea - Willie Lamont, Mannal, 8/2005


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Languages : Gaelic, Obscure

Informants: David McClounnan, Balephuil, 2/1994

Informant 2: Willie Lamont, Mannal, 8/2005