Translation is travelling with words (and that’s not always a metaphor)


today my translation project took me to Highlands, Scotland.

the small and remote vilalge “Kinlochbervie”

Kinlochbervie is the most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland, and virtually the last place you come to before falling into the sea. It is 60 miles from the nearest supermarket, the cinema arrives on the back of a lorry (as does the bank), and has been short-listed by the Oxford English Dictionary as a definition of the word ‘Remote’.

The majority of local industry is based upon the fishing industry. Although the fleet ofships actually based in Kinlochbervie is rather small, many ships from the East coast of Scotland land their catches in Kinlochbervie.

Kinlochbervie is the ninth harbour to join the Fishing for Litter environmental scheme. A safe natural Harbour, Kinlochbervie is within easy steaming distance of the prolific fishing grounds of the North and West Coast of Scotland.

Inhabitants of Kinlochbervie are sometimes collectively referred to as “Greeks” by the residents of surrounding villages, for reasons now largely unknown. The village itself is sometimes referred to as “K.L.B.” The most common surname in the area is “Morrison”.



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