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Transport chiefs fork out almost £2k to replace Gaelic road signs with translation blunders


The embarrassing mistakes on a popular tourist route affected 17 signs and weren’t noticed for eight years

BUNGLING transport chiefs had to fork out to replace 17 Gaelic road signs after making a string of translation blunders. The embarrassing mistakes on a popular tourist route weren’t noticed for eight years. An example of true Gaelic translation on road signs

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An example of true Gaelic translation on road signs

But it cost red-faced Transport Scotland bosses GBP1,725 to fix them following a complaint. Seven of the signs along the Great Glen Cycle Way from Fort William to Inverness were supposed to say “Meadhan a’ Bhaile”, meaning “town centre”. Instead, dozy contractors used “Baile mor ionad”, which is “big town unit”.

Another notice for Muirtown Basin said “heather bath” instead.


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The botched notices were put up in 2007 and replaced in 2015 after a complaint. But the errors were only revealed yesterday in a freedom of information reply. Transport Scotland said an official translation service should have been used.

A spokesman added: “Signs were corrected as soon as possible”. We bet they’re feeling like a buidheann de diddies now – that’s bunch of diddies in Gaelic. [email protected][1]

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