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Updated 11/20/2019

 


I Will Go Home to Kintail

Also known as Theid mi dhachaidh 'chr Chinn t-sile, I will go home to the cattle folds of Kintail, Return to Kintail, and I'll Return to Kintail. Kintail is an area of mountains in the Northwest Highlands of Scotland, located in the Highland Council area.

The hills to the north-east of Glen Shiel are known as the Five Sisters of Kintail.  According to legend, the five sisters are the oldest of seven sisters, as the youngest two sisters fell in love with two Irish princes who washed ashore during a storm. Their father would only allow them to marry once the older sisters has also been married, and so the princes agreed to send their other five brothers once they had returned to Ireland with their new wives. Although the princes failed to appear, the five sisters continued to wait, eventually turning into mountains to extend their vigil into eternity.

Urray - mentioned in the song - is is a scattered village and coastal parish, consisting of Easter, Old and Wester Urray and is located 2 miles northwest of Muir of Ord and 1.5 miles east of Marybank.

 



Lyrics

Thid mi dhachaidh hi ro dhachaidh

Thid mi dhachaidh chr Chin t-Sile

Thid mi dhachaidh ho ro dhachaidh

Thid mi dhachaidh chr Chin t-Sile

 

Sist:

Thid mi fhn, leam fhn, leam fhn ann

Thid mi fhn, leam fhn a Gerrloch

Thid mi fhn, leam fhn, leam fhn ann

Gabhaidh mi 'n rathad mr Chinn t-Sile

 

Bi mi nochd am buaile Phearsain

Bi mi 'n a chuid mhart am mireach

Bi mi nochd am buaile Phearsain

Bi mi 'n a chuid mhart am mireach

 

Thid mi dh'Uraigh bhuain a' mhurain

Thid mi dh'Uraigh leat a ghridh

Thid mi dh'Uraigh bhuain a' mhurain

Thid mi dh'Uraigh leat a ghridh

 

I will go home

I will go home to the cattlefold of Kintail

I will go home

I will go home to the cattlefold of Kintail

 

Chorus (after each verse):

I will go myself, by myself there

I will go myself, by myself, to Gairloch

I will go myself, by myself there

I will take the high road to Kintail

 

Tonight I'll be in the parson's cattlefold

Tomorrow I'll be with the cattle headed for the slaughter

Tonight I'll be in the parson's cattlefold

Tomorrow I'll be with the cattle headed for the slaughter

 

I will go to Urray to reap the sea-bent

I will go to Urray with you, my love

I will go to Urray to reap the sea-bent

I will go to Urray with you, my love