These are 20 of the hardest place names in Scotland to pronounce
Scottish spellings don’t always make a lot of sense. As every local will know, Scotland has its fair share of places many people struggle to pronounce.
Do you know how to pronounce these places correctly?
Do you know how to correctly pronounce all these places?
While native Scots won't struggle with the pronunciation of our capital, we've heard it be butchered by many tourists. It's not Eden-bourg, it's not Edin-boro, it's Edin-bruh A classic victim of mispronunciation, this place is not pronounced phonetically but instead Mull-guy While the spelling may trick you into thinking this place is pronounced Ab-er-door, it's actually pronounced Ab-er-dow-er If you thought this would be an easy place to pronounce, you'd be wrong - the correct way to say Hawick is like Hoy-ik The inclusion of "ch" may throw some people off, the correct pronunciation is Eck-el-feck-han The inclusion of the word "bright" at the end of this place name is enough to confuse people, it's actually pronounced Kir-coo-bray Some people might be tricked into thinking this word holds three syllables - Strath-hay-ven, but in actuality it's a two syllable word: Stray-ven While no one should struggle with the pronunciation of Bay, people tend to struggle with the Wemyss part. It's actually said like "Weems". Aw-ken-shuggle is how you should pronounce this place if you want to sound like a local Believe it or not, but the letter "z" doesn't actually factor into the pronunciation of this place - Culzean is said Cull-ane Despite featuring a passing resemblance to the word "conquer", the pronunciation isn't similar. Instead, it's said Kin-uck-ar While not spelled the same, this place is pronounced the same as a classic Scottish girls name: Isla, pronounced Eye-la Similarly to Culzean, the letter "d" does not factor into the pronunciation of this place - the correct way to say it is actually Fin-ek-tay Following all unusual pronunciations, people tend to overthink how to say this place, opting to say Burnt-iz-land. The correct pronunciation is Burnt-island The right way to say this place name is Ball-a-hoolish, not Balla-choo-lish Pronounced Froo-kay, not Fre-oo-chay We can't blame people for getting this one wrong - the correct way to say it is actually Gee-ree Another place guilty of turning a "ch" into a hard "k", the right way to pronounce this place is Ak-a-oish A deceptively simple place name to say correctly some may think - in actual fact, the right way to pronounce this place is "Coo-riss", not "Cull-ross" If you want to sound like a pro, leave the letter "l" out of your pronunciation - it's Kirk-Caw-Day