In the village halls of Sleat in Skye, with a little help from European funds, a linguistic experiment is being conducted which is breathtaking in its simplicity. The "Abair Thusa" programme brings people together for tea and a talk with one simple rule: all conversation must be in Gaelic. The brainchild of two young men who live in the district, Alasdair Stephen and Donald Angie MacLennan, the project is now run by Margaret MacDonald of Canan.
There have been 11 Abair Thusa meetings so far, with attendances varying from 12 to 50. Funding is for eight months, and after that Mairead hopes it will continue on a voluntary basis.