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Heather Clyne

Name: Heather Clyne


Where are you from?
I grew up in Glenfinnan, but I have been travelling around the world for a while, until I came back to my most favourite place!


Why did you come to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
I came to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig because, living in a Gaelic speaking community, I saw it as a great opportunity for me to improve my Gaelic.  I was looking for an effective way to learn the language as my children are in Gaelic medium education, and I wanted them to have the opportunity to speak the language at home.  You have the opportunity to speak Gaelic everywhere here, and I found that especially useful for picking it up.


What is it like to be living on the Isle of Skye?
We enjoy being here.  The island itself is so beautiful, and it is a great place for bringing up children.  There is always a lot happening at the college which keeps us busy, and when we want to go to the city at the weekend, it doesn’t take long to cross the bridge and travel to Inverness.

What course are you on?
I am now finishing my honours degree in Gaelic Language and Culture.


Why did you choose this course?
Well, in the beginning I had only intended to study the one year course, An Cùrsa Comais, as I wanted to be able to speak and communicate in Gaelic.  But the course was so interesting that I continued on and did a second year, then a third, and well, I just kept going until the end.  I learnt a lot of valuable things about our own culture and I did what I had aimed to do in the beginning- I am now more than confident in speaking two languages :D

What was the best thing about your course or about Sabhal Mòr?
I would say that one of the best things was the opportunity I had to learn the language, speaking it every day, but I also learnt a lot about Scotland’s history, culture and music on my course.  It would be hard to choose only one thing!


What were your hobbies while you were at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig?
I spent a lot of time travelling about the island- it's big and there are many great things to discover.  There are lots of concerts concerts at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, with different types of music and performances, and we also went to the swimming pool in Kyle of Lochalsh every week.


What are you up to now?
I am doing some research on an old poetry book from my own area just now.  This is my final piece of work before completing my degree and I'm really enjoying it.