In other cases, a perfectly good local name which is to be found on older maps has become lost. The name of the lochan to the west of the Sanna road - the left hand of the four shown in the above picture - which was marked on most early OS maps as Lochan nan Ealachan, the Lochan of the Swan, has disappeared.
For some, their lives may depend on the accuracy of a map. In their Search & Rescue operations, HM Coastguard rely heavily on receiving an accurate grid reference for a casualty, but sometimes this isn't possible and they're given the name of a headland or bay. It is therefore good news that they have teamed up with the OS to identify the local names of as many coastal features as possible.
To do this, they are appealing to long-time residents to send in the local names of coastal features which are not marked on current OS maps, along with a grid reference and a brief description of the feature. This can be done through the Diary by sending the information to firstname.lastname@example.org