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Pentland Firth

[pent-luh nd] /ˈpɛnt lənd/
noun
1.
a strait between N Scotland and the Orkney Islands, linking the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean: noted for its rough sea conditions. 14 miles (23 km) long.
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  • Whirlpools much dreaded by the sailors of the Pentland Firth.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This induced the captain to run through the Pentland Firth, after passing through which they were beset by calms.

    Shifting Winds R.M. Ballantyne
  • But just fancy crossing the stormy waters of the Pentland Firth in a sloop!

    From John O'Groats to Land's End Robert Naylor and John Naylor
  • They who want excitement had better go and beat a vessel up the Pentland Firth, against both wind and tide.

  • For it would have been a great undertaking for any small boat to cross the Pentland Firth.

  • They had come round by the Pentland Firth and reached their cruising ground on the fourth day.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Good trout-fishing in Scotland, south of the Pentland Firth, is almost impossible to procure.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Pentland Firth

Pentland Firth

/ˈpɛntlənd/
noun
1.
a channel between the mainland of N Scotland and the Orkney Islands: notorious for rough seas. Length: 32 km (20 miles). Width: up to 13 km (8 miles)
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