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Literary Landscapes education resource

Scotland is covered in place names from several different languages: Gaelic, Scots, Doric and Norse. Discover how they came about with the help of our new interactive map.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has a rich natural and cultural heritage, and unlocking the language of the land gives a new way to see the landscapes. Place names can tell us the history of particular areas: the way that people used to live and work; the ecology of a place; culture of songs, stories, poetry.

Take the time to explore the map below and click on the icons to see place name entries. Read the stories, study the images, listen to pronunciations and learn about place-name heritage. The information on the map is provided by users of the Literary Landscapes resource where each place name entry is logged by school groups and individuals. The map has been developed in partnership with Cairngorms National Park.

Explore Our Place Names Map

The interactive map below will be displayed once you read the disclaimer and click the “OK” button in the bottom right of the screen.

You can also open the map in a new window.

You can help us build a shared map of place names in Scotland’s National Parks by adding your own place names to the map.

You can also find out more about the rich Gaelic heritage of the National Park.

Download below the Literary Landscapes booklet, worksheets and the how-to document and get exploring the rich literary landscapes around you!

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