from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of clachan.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Platform after platform of puffing hissing engines resembling the starting gate at the racetrack, the nervous animals waiting for the off, was the first sight of the city for many arriving from the towns and villages and clachans of the Highlands and Islands.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • Below, a sheltering of buildings and small clachans followed the curve of the shore.

    A Small Death in the Great Glen

  • He saw the rain-lashed shepherds in the cold damp of the clachans, the punishment of the outcast, and the gauntlet run by the pursued.

    Country of the Blind

  • We were on the hill road before the sun, for there was the matter of a calf to be seeing to, and it was fine to be alone in the fresh day with the dew still heavy on the green grass and wetting the horse to the fetlocks; and the sun was coming up in the East, and here and there the curl of blue smoke rising up from far-out clachans.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • Next morning I was early afoot, and well before midday was in sight of the narrows of the Kyle, and the two little stone clachans which face each other across the strip of sea.

    Mr. Standfast

  • There's a whole jing-bang of outlying clachans round Barbie that he'll get the trade of by a dodge like that.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • In a year after the departure of the clan, the clachans of Crawford and Traquare had lost almost all traces of their old pastoral character.

    Scottish sketches

  • When the native population was driven off the good valley lands to the hills of Donegal during the confiscation times, they built their cabins in groups, like the Scotch _clachans_, for company, perhaps even for protection.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland

  • After a lapse of years these clachans in some cases expanded into small towns.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland

  • Scottish settlers in the North it seems that either for company or mutual protection against the dispossessed children of the soil, the farmhouses are built together in clachans or little groups.

    The Letters of "Norah" on Her Tour Through Ireland


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.