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SMO @ Fort William Mountain Festival 2018

Gaelic for Mountaineers

Friday 23rd February

10.30-12.00 & 13.30-15.00

£10 per person, per session

Room F1, West Highland College, Fort William


  • Are you a keen hill walker or mountaineer? 
  • Do you know the difference between a beinn, càrn, sgùrr, stob, druim or aonach? 
  • What do names like Ben Nevis, Aonach Eagach, Blaven, An Teallach or Buachaille Etive Mòr actually mean? 
  • Do you have difficulty pronouncing Gaelic hill names and the names of geographic features such as lochs and corries?
  • Would you like to have a better understanding of these names, both how to pronounce them and what they mean?

During the Fort William Mountain Festival,  Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture on the Isle of Skye, will be running two Gaelic taster sessions focusing on mountain, hill & geographic feature names.

The tutor for these sessions is Janni Diez.  Janni is the Gaelic Language Development Officer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and is a keen hill walker, climber and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history, place names and mountaineering.

There’s spaces for up to 25 people in each session.  Please email or call the Short Courses Team on 01471 888 240/246 to reserve a place. You may turn up on the day but we cannot guarantee you a seat.   Each session costs £10 per person (pay at the door/on arrival).

The sessions are open to all and no previous knowledge of Gaelic is required!

If you would like to know more about this year's Fort William Mountain Festival, please visit  their website: