Has something here on Uiseag taken your fancy? See the links below for sites, projects and resources which might help you find out more about Gaelic language and heritage. Is there something missing which should be on here but isn’t? Let me know!
All links correct as of: October 2018
Bu mhath leam / I want to…
A comprehensive list of all current Gaelic classes and courses available in Scotland. There are almost certainly more than you realise!
Beag air Bheag – Little by Little is a long-standing, reliable introduction to Gaelic for absolute beginners using both text and audio clips.
Find out more about heritage and the natural environment
Historic Environment Scotland have some publications available in Gaelic, specifically relating to the sites in their care. The thesaurus in invaluable for baseline terminology for the historic environment in Gaelic.
Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba / Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland An ever-expanding resource, this is the authoritative current research on Gaelic-related placenames, their origins and meanings (where known!).
Scottish Natural Heritage have a dictionary of Gaelic nature words which is really valuable – it’s not exhaustive though it is fascinating. There are some audio clips for pronunciation too. SNH also have some great free downloadable resources in Gaelic listed here.
Tobar an Dualchais (Kist o’ Riches) is the place for oral recordings of tales, songs, recollections and poetry in both Gaelic and Scots. Prepare to lose a few days rummaging around the site – it is wonderful. Lots of dialects and accents represented, with recordings dating from the 1930s onwards.
Experience Gaelic language and culture
Pròiseact na h-Àirigh (the Shieling Project) in Glenstrathfarrar is a social enterprise offering a glimpse of traditional Highland life for all ages with a strong focus on being outdoors, in the landscape and getting your hands dirty.
The Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore is an open-air museum with vernacular architecture covering many centuries of Highland Life. Also home to remarkable photographic archives and is just generally a fantastic place to visit.
Air an Lot offers visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to experience life on a working croft in Ness, Lewis. Sweeny’s blog is a good, honest look at a crofters life.
Auchindrain Township open-air museum is the most complete surviving example township of its kind. With an atmosphere unlike anywhere else, visiting here gives an insight to the lives of a traditional Gaelic-speaking community in Argyll.
Museum nan Eilean – the Outer Hebrides’ museum service has two branches; one in Benbecula and one in Stornoway. The former has ongoing temporary exhibitions and the latter is the first Gaelic-led museum anywhere. Go there and be impressed and challenged by the people, place and dùthchas that the museum explores.
Fèisean nan Gaidheal is the body responsible for community-based festivals of Gaelic arts tuition across Scotland. You’d be hard pushed to find any Gaelic speaker in Scotland who hasn’t been involved with a Fèis at some point, as tutor or participant. They are inclusive, accessible and so much fun! The expressive arts are of central importance to Gaelic culture so the FnG does deserves support and acclaim.
Explore current research
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