Township: Heylipol,Kilmoluaig,Moss

Map Reference: Moss 48

Name Type: watercourse

Meaning: Moss | A small loch and low hillock in an area of worked-out peat diggings

The derivation is ON steinn 'stone, boulder, rock' (CV, 591) with ON hóll ‘rounded hill’. The name has been gaelicised as Loch nan Steàrnail 'the loch of the terns' (Donald Kennedy, Port Ban, 2/1994 and Rena MacDonald, Clachan, 2/1994: oral sources). There is no obvious surviving stone feature.
There is a Steineval on Uist and a Stein Sheoil in Stornoway, Lewis (SP); there is a Steinhollet in Norway (NG); while Steinhóll is a farm name in Iceland (SAM).

Other Forms: Loch Stanail - Handbook to the Islands of Coll and Tiree, Hector MacDougall and Rev. Hector Cameron, Archibald Sinclair, p119 - "now Loch a’ Chlair" mistake

Loch Stànail - ONB, p92, "significance unknown," "very narrow...between the southern extremity of Kilmoluaig and the northern boundary of Moss."

Loch a' Steirneal - RMcD, DK

Loch Stanail - Iain MacKinnon (Iain Chaluim), Kilmoluaig, 1/1994

Transcribed as Loch a' Steirneil from Iain Chaluim MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig, 2/1997.

Related Places:

Most southerly of the three lochs

Local Form:

Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: Rena MacDonald, Clachan, 2/1994

Informant 2: Donald Kennedy, Port Ban, 1/1994

Informant 3: Iain MacKinnon (Iain Chaluim), Kilmoluaig, 5/2000