Township: An Àird a Tuath,Caolas

Map Reference: Aird a Tuath 15

Name Type: shore

Meaning: See Port Chloinn Nèill and Port na Birlinn in Longships on the Sand.

Other Forms: Port Chloinn Nèill Beag - WMcI

Port Chunn Nèill - ONB p5, "MacNeill's Bay"

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Information:When Iain Garve MacLean of Coll defeated the remnants of the Macneills at the bloody battle of Bàgh Ghunnnaidh, the survivors fled accross Gunna sound to a small cover near Urbhaig, hotly pursued by the MacLean galley.
The pursuers landed at a small gully known as Sloc na Birlinn ('Hollow of the Galley') to this day. As night was falling, the MacLeans hid there till morning. Then they set out to hunt down the enemy, putting them all to the sword. That was how this cove got the name of Port Chloinn Nèill. Bailtean is Ath-Ghairmean, Niall M Brownlie, Argyll Publishing, 1995, p128.

Local Form:

Languages : Gaelic

Informants: Willie MacIntosh, Caolas, 2/1994

Informant 2: OS