Gaelic Sign in Bute welcomes people to “Penis Island”

Posted on September 3, 2015


An embarrassing spelling mistake has been noticed on the Gaelic portion of the welcome sign at the ferry port of Bute in Scotland.

Bute’s Gaelic name is “Bhòid”, but by missing out the accent, the sign gives the Gaelic word for “penis” instead. This means that for years, visitors have been welcomed visitors to “the Beauty of Penis Island”. The sign, which has stood for around nine years, was recently photographed and shared on Facebook by Coinneach Combe, who is a Gaelic speaker, while visiting the island for the highland games.

When speaking to The Scotsman about the sign, Bute Councillor Len Scoullar said,

“It makes us look stupid… I’m not a Gaelic speaker but I would apologise to people who are Gaelic speakers and we will rectify it right away.”

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