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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

CORRAN 17/04/17

by Linda - 01:01 on 17 April 2017

CORRAN = SPIT OF LAND

A corran is a narrow coastal formation that is tied to the coast at one end. They frequently form where the coast abruptly changes direction and often occur across the mouths of estuaries.  Corrans, which may be composed of sand or shingle, are formed by the longshore movement of sediment. They often are complexly curved, with a characteristic hook; this probably results from the refraction of waves around the spit’s end.

I recently visited my family on Scoraig, a remote peninsula south of Ullapool, and took this photo of the corran on a stormy day. The corran gives shelter from prevailing south westerly winds, and not surprisingly the jetty for the community of Scoraig is located here.

Some of you may have taken the Corran Ferry which crosses Loch Linnhe south of Fort William to the Morvern and Ardnamurchan peninsulas at the Corran Narrows.