The road from Longa Tonga to Willa Minga Honga: Shetland and Orkney placenames
I can attest: Shetland (and presumably also Orkney) is a great place to visit. Not just for its landscapes, Shetland ponies and puffins, but also for its people, their language and – turns out – placenames!
On Shetland, you can travel from Rumblings to Quilse of Hageneap, from Poverty not to riches but at least to Longa Tonga, from Willa Minga Honga via Pund of Grutin and Cuppa Water to Drooping Point. Turns out, Mid Dublin is on Shetland as well as something called Fografiddle! If you are a cunning geographer, you should at least once travel to Cunning Geo!
Orkney features similarly curious placenames: In line with Cunning Geo, you can find Mad Geo here. Or how about a trip from Tongue of Gangsta to Sandi Sand, maybe with an excursion to Suckquoy? Grimness is close to Farewell on Orkney. Still, this may be more attractive than Rotten Gutter, Hendry’s Holes and Mount Misery. Though, I wouldn’t want to miss out on Knowes of Euro, Standpretty, Canada West and Quackquoy. Somebody please elucidate the etymology of all this!
(via Big Think)