Rathad nan Eilean, or the Road to the Isles, connects Fort William to Mallaig, and is the route people from the mainland would take to the Hebrides.
This booklet looks at lesser-known place-names along this route, taking the odd detour down Loch Shiel, up Glen Finnan and round Ru Arisaig. Smaller places are the focus, many of which are now deserted or no longer feature on maps.
The route’s place-names intimately connect the landscape and the lives of the people who have lived here for centuries. Names of coastal, hill and man-made features reflect stories, pastimes and daily routines. Exploring their meaning and history reveals much about past lives.
All the place-names can be located using the index, which provides grid references as well as a rough guide to pronunciation.