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Exploring Skye with Gaelic hosted by Muriel Fisher

START: 24 July 2017
END: 28 July 2017
COST: £300

This unique course offers informal language learning whilst discovering the ‘real’ Isle of Skye and is ideal for participants who have little or no Gaelic.  The course will be partly College-based, and the rest of the time will be spent exploring Skye. In the tutorials, participants will receive a pronunciation workshop, learn basic and useful social phrases, and will cover some simple grammar and language skills.  Outwith the classroom, the students will put into practice what they have learnt and build on their knowledge of the Gaelic language each day.  As the participants discover Skye’s natural beauty, they will learn the Gaelic and Norse meanings of the Island’s place-names, as well as any stories which might be connected to that area.

 Muriel Fisher was brought up in Skye with Gaelic as her first language.  Whilst teaching at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig she also teaches Gaelic in the University of Arizona and around the world.  In recognition of her lifetime commitment to Gaelic, Muriel was named the 2015 recipient of the “Excellence in Community Linguistics” award from the Linguistic Society of America, for her “outstanding work with the teaching, promotion and documentation of Scottish Gaelic.”

Course participants are expected to be comfortable walking about 2 miles with ease as the excursions are a key aspect of the course.  Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments are not included in the price of the course, although breakfast is included if you are staying in our college accommodation. For more about our accommodation rates please click here.

This course is aimed at complete beginners of Gaelic and will run alongside Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle and Natalie Haas’ Cello courses, which means there will be plenty of traditional music and craic to be had in the evenings at the College.

Here are some comments from a last year’s course:

  • “Muriel is a great teacher with a great sense of humour.”
  • “Great fun and welcoming atmosphere. Good to have a first insight in the language combined with a relaxed pace.”
  • “A great week which has left me inspired to continue my Gaelic journey”


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