Township: Ruaig,Ruaig

Map Reference: Ruaig 89

Name Type: machair

Meaning: The red hillock

Other Forms: Am Baca Ruadh - AMcL, LMcK

An Cnoc Ruadh - DK

Related Places:

Used to be as high as Dùn Mòr a' Chaolais. Someone dug into it to build a hen house and the next storm opened it up and levelled it. The sand went onto Gott beach which used to be stony - AMcL.

Used to be the highest point in the east end of Tiree, an enormous sand dune between Silversands and Machair House. It was the first point sighted by boats coming to the island. According to Neil MacPhail (the registrar)'s father, an old lady from a house opposite Silversands dug into it to build a hen house. A storm the next day destroyed the dune, scattering the sand all along the Tràigh Mhòr which had previously been rocky - LMcK and MMcK.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996

Informant 2: Lachie MacLean (Lachainn Sheumais), Vaul, 12/1993