See also: Kyle and kýle



The Kyles of Bute, a series of narrow sea channels between the Isle of Bute and the Cowal peninsula, seen from Tighnabruaich in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom.

From Scottish Gaelic caol (narrow; thin; firth, narrows, strait, kyle; narrow part of something) (genitive singular form caoil),[1] from Old Irish cáel (narrow, slender, thin; delicate, fine), from Proto-Celtic *koilos (thin), from Proto-Indo-European *skey- (to dissect; to split).



kyle (plural kyles)

  1. (Scotland) A narrow arm or channel of the sea between an island and the mainland, or between two islands.
    Synonyms: firth, narrow, sound, strait
    • 1877 January, [John Campbell] Shairp, “The Clearing of the Glens”, in Alexander Mackenzie, editor, The Celtic Magazine: A Monthly Periodical Devoted to the Literature, History, Antiquities, Folk Lore, Traditions, and the Social and Material Interests of the Celt at Home and Abroad, volume II, number XV, Inverness, Inverness-shire: A. & W. Mackenzie, [], OCLC 7907922, canto IV (The Home by Lochburn), stanza IV, page 104:
      [T]hough remote / From the main ocean many a mile / Inflooded past cape, creek, and kyle, / The sea-loch flanked by precipice walls, / With ever-lessening murmur crawls, / Till 'neath the Pass he lies subdued / By the o'er-aweing solitude; []

Derived termsEdit



  1. ^ kyle, n.2”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021; “kyle, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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