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Gaelic in the Landscape

Dates: 18/08/21 - 18/08/21
Price: £40 (£40 for students)
Eiligible for ILA funding: No

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**This course is now full.  Please contact us to be added to the waiting list.**

This course consists of two parts:-

10:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 15:30

We see Gaelic place names all around us in Scotland, especially when you’re out in the hills. Now that we can’t go and explore the hills, is the perfect time to explore what is behind their names. Have you ever wondered how to pronounce the mountains Liathach or Spidean a’ Choire Sheasgaich correctly? Are you intrigued about the difference between a sgùrr, a cnoc and a meall? Would you like to understand the meanings of the names of mountains, passes, rivers and skerries to give you an insight into their characteristics or history?

This online course is aimed at anyone interested in the Gaelic names found in our landscape, for example hill names and other common features like bealach, allt and eilean, and is especially recommended to mountain guides and outdoor instructors. In the course of the two 2 hour sessions, you will crack the secret of Gaelic pronunciation and learn what the most common land features mean. You will then be able to apply your knowledge to a wide range of names you come across when out and about.

No knowledge of Gaelic necessary.

The course will be delivered through Zoom and will comprise a wide range of interactive activities to help you learn new words in a relaxed and fun way. Sound files and course materials will be provided to participants.

The tutor for this course is Janni Williams (née Diez) who is a language teacher at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. She is also keen hill walker, climber and sea kayaker and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history, place names and outdoor persuits.