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Arisaig is a village in Lochaber, Inverness-shire, on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, within the Rough Bounds. It is also the traditional name for the part of the surrounding peninsula south of Loch Morar, extending as far east as Moidart. The word Arisaig means "the safe place" in the Scottish Gaelic language.Arisaig is in the Scottish council area of Highland.HistoryEarly historyFollowing raids by vikings, Arisaig became part of the Kingdom of the Isles, a Norwegian dependency. In the late 11th century, however, Malcolm III of Scotland made a written agreement with Magnus Barelegs, the Norwegian king, which moved the border to the coast; Arisaig thus became Scottish.In the early 12th century, Somerled, a Norse-Gael of uncertain origin, came into possession of Arisaig and the surrounding region; no reliable record explains how this happened, but at some point in the 1140s, David I of Scotland's control of the region had been eroded. In the middle of the century, Somerled launched a coup in the Kingdom of the Isles, which resulted in that kingdom joining his other possessions, as a single independent state. Upon Somerled's death, Norwegian authority was restored, but in practice, the kingdom was divided; the portion containing Arisaig was known as Garmoran, and ruled by the MacRory, a faction among Somerled's heirs.
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