Coigach

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Coigach (Scottish Gaelic: A' Chòigeach) today refers to the peninsula north of Ullapool, in Wester Ross in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. The name is from the Gaelic for "five" or "fifths".[1][2][3][4] Until changes in civil registration districts in 1857[5] the Barony also included Isle Martin, the lands down to Corrie beyond Ullapool, the various farms of Strathkanaird, to the east the Forest of Achall and Rhiddorach. It abuts Assynt further to the north.

Like its more northerly neighbour, it is an area of stark natural beauty, with mountains rising sharply to dizzying heights from quiet lochs. The highest summit is Ben More Coigach at 743 metres.

Achiltibuie and its smaller adjoining hamlets form the parish of Coigach, a traditional crofting and fishing community of a couple of hundred houses sprinkled between mountain and shore on a peninsula looking over the Summer Isles and the sea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shirra, Kirstie (21 March 2011). "Scotland's Best Small Mountains: Cicerone Press". Cicerone Press Limited – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Coigach Community Hall - About the Hall". 
  3. ^ "Dictionary Detail - cóigeach". 
  4. ^ Murray, W.H. (1968). The Companion Guide to the West Highlands of Scotland. London and Glasgow: Collins. p. 325. The name means Place of the Fifths, from an early Celtic custom of dividing land into five parts. 
  5. ^ GROS List of Parishes and Registration Districts

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Coordinates: 57°59.5′N 5°11.3′W / 57.9917°N 5.1883°W / 57.9917; -5.1883