Ουιρουεδρουμ ακρον

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,5  Ουιρουεδρουμ ακρον

Where:  Dunnet Head, the northernmost point of the Scottish mainland, at ND202768.

Name Origin:  The first element is from PIE *wer- ‘to turn’, but there are multiple opinions on how that led to later words such as veer, French virer, Dutch vieren, etc, plus the sailing term ‘to wear’.  The second element is from PIE *wed- ‘water’.

Notes:  On rounding Dunnet Head a vessel needs to turn through at least 30 degrees.  The sea can be rough in this area, but can be sailed safely in calm weather by a mariner who pays attention to the tides.

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Last Edited: 14 May 2016