United Kingdom Trivia:Rude-Sounding British Places With Unbelievable Backstories Tongue Of Gangsta

Yes, you read that right. Residing in the Orkney Islands, Tongue of Gangsta is a place that can…

Yes, you read that right. Residing in the Orkney Islands, Tongue of Gangsta is a place that can be found on the Orkney mainland. Tongue of Gangsta is directly south of the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall.


Kirkwall gets its name from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay), so we can only assume that Tongue of Gangsta has some Norse origins, too.

There is extremely limited information about the toponymy of Tongue of Gangsta.

United Kingdom Trivia:Rude-Sounding British Places With Unbelievable Backstories Tongue Of Gangsta
United Kingdom Trivia:Rude-Sounding British Places With Unbelievable Backstories Tongue Of Gangsta

Kirkwall was historically an outpost or meeting place forĀ ScandinavianĀ travelers. It has been described as being the center of their world and as more Scandinavian than Scottish.

The area was acquired by King James III in 1468 and has been under Scottish rule ever since. DuringĀ World War II, in the nearby Scapa Flow, the Royal Navy used the port at Scapa as a main base. In 1939, the HMSĀ Royal OakĀ was sunk by a German U-Boat and is now designated as a protected war grave.

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