Gaelic sign now (really) says ‘welcome to Bute’

Argyll and Bute Council's sign on Rothesay pier - complete with the addition of a small but significant punctuation mark which ensures Gaelic speakers are (really) met with the message 'Welcome to the beauty of the Isle of Bute'.

Argyll and Bute Council's sign on Rothesay pier - complete with the addition of a small but significant punctuation mark which ensures Gaelic speakers are (really) met with the message 'Welcome to the beauty of the Isle of Bute'.

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An error on a Gaelic welcome sign on Rothesay pier has been swiftly corrected - but not before the mistake created widespread mirth on social media.

A missing diacritic on the Argyll and Bute Council sign - which had actually gone unnoticed since the notice was put up eight years ago - meant that Gaelic speakers were being greeted by the message ‘Welcome to the Beauty of Penis Island’.

The mistake was rectified on Monday by the addition of an accent above the ‘o’ in Bhòid - the Gaelic translation for Bute - though by then the error had already resulted in a mixture of hilarity and outrage among social media users fluent in Gaelic.

The gaffe was spotted by Coinneach Combe, a visitor from Johnstone in Renfrewshire, during a trip to the Bute Highland Games, which were held in Rothesay on Saturday.