E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A name at one time applied to the northern part of Scotland, called by the Romans Caledonia. This was the part inhabited by the Picts. The Scots migrated from Scotia in the North of Ireland, and acquired mastery under Kenneth MAlpin in 843. In poetry Scotland is called Albin.
Gaelic, ailp; Keltic, alp, our Alps. Alpin is either Ailp-ben son of the hills, i.e., the hill-country, or Alp-inn thilly island), Albania means the hilly country.