AskDefine | Define brae

Dictionary Definition

brae n : a slope or hillside

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  1. a hillside.
  2. a slope.
  3. a bank.
  4. a hill.

Extensive Definition

"Brae" is also the Lowland Scots language word for hill.
Brae is a settlement on the mainland of the Shetland Islands in Scotland. In this case, the name means "a slope to the sea", rather than a hill. It is located at the northeast end of Busta Voe, on the narrow isthmus that separates the mainland from Northmavine. Traditionally a fishing village, with the construction of the nearby Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the 1970s Brae grew rapidly, merging with the nearby village of Northbrae. Nowadays, the village is centered around the world famous 'northern lights lounge' which plays a large part in arguably the islands' most sociable festival: the 'Brae UP Helly Aa'.
The village is also responsible for supplying the Islands' successful football team with 8 players.
The A970 which connects Lerwick to Northmavine forms the main street of Brae. Brae's police and fire stations, schools, and NHS clinic service much of the northern part of the mainland.
Brae is the Lowland Scots word for hill. The word 'Brae' in Shetland dialect has a different meaning; it comes from the Old Norse word breiðr meaning broad. The village may take its name from the broad isthmus between Sullom Voe and Busta Voe as opposed to the narrower one a little further north at Mavis Grind.
brae in Scottish Gaelic: Bràigh na beinne
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