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Literary Landscapes

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

Literary Landscapes front cover

Explore Our Place Names Map

The Cairngorms 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 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 Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.


Add your own place names to the map

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

If you would like a hard copy of the Literary Landscapes booklet please email [email protected]