Loch na Dal

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Loch na Dal and Isleornsay

Loch na Dal is a sea loch indenting the Sleat Peninsula of the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides and in Inverness-shire.

ON the northern shore stands Kinloch Lodge, a hotel, and the A851 road runs along its southern shore. In Gaelic the loch is Loch na Dalach. The meaning of the name is obscure in the current spelling: and in the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland of 1654, the loch is listed as "Loch na Dallach".[1][2] This could be "The Loch of the Delay" or "The Loch of the Meeting" (Loch na Dàlach) or "The Loch of the Meadow" (Loch na Dalach). The later reading is possibly more likely, as a long river delta borders Abhainn Ceann-Locha ('The River at the Head of the Loch') as it enters the north end of Loch na Dal, and this piece of land is green and flat enough that it was at one time used as a football pitch.[3]

A partly-preserved neolithic burial cairn called An Càrn Glas ('the grey cairn'), is located at the head of the loch on the east bank of Abhainn Ceann-Locha.[4]