Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 1

Name Type: shore

Meaning: Am Port Ruadh 'the red inlet': possibly named thus because of the red marks on the rocks above the beach.

Other Forms: Port Ruaig - The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768 and accompanying survey text. [This seems an unlikely primary form given the proximity of Ruaig township - JH]

Port Ruaig - Map of Tiree, reduced from a survey of the island by Langlands, in the possession of His Grace, The Duke of Argyll. Reproduced in The Island of Tiree by William Reeves, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, volume 2, 1854, p 233-244.

Related Places: Professor Donald Meek, Caolas (via Rhoda Meek), 3/2016 and in person 8/2019

Information:" 'S a theid do'n chladach do'n Phort Ruadh;" - Na Baird Thirisdeach, ed. Rev Hector Cameron, An Comunn Thirisdeach, 1932, p 262.
A good launching point, but sometimes rocky and hard on boat’s planking, depending on the cover of sand (or lack thereof).

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacIntosh, Caolas, 1/1994

Informant 2: OS

Informant 3: The Turnbull Map of Tiree 1768