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Learning through Living Culture in Flodigarry

START: 20 July 2020
END: 24 July 2020
COST: £280




In partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Flodigarry Township Trust are running two of their distinctive community-based courses in 2020. The 5-day residential course is designed for Fluent speakers and advanced learners of Gaelic who wish to improve their oral and literary skills, as well as deepen their knowledge of Gaelic literature, history, culture and music in the heart of a thriving Gaelic community in North Skye, with over 100 people taking part and enjoying them so far.

The week includes a mixture of tutors and contributors, and includes outdoor learning, music tutorials and class-based workshops. This course is a unique immersion experience for learners who seek to reach fluency in their studies or profession, as well as for those who wish to reach fluency for personal development.

The courses are intended for fluent speakers who wish to develop their language skills and also for upper intermediate or advanced learners of Gaelic (for example, SMO level 6 or higher). The week will include visits to sites of special historical and cultural interest in the Trotternish peninsula where the students will have the opportunity to learn from local people who are specialists in subjects such as palaeontology, poetry and place names of North Skye, to give just a few examples.  The course will also look at the local Gaelic-speaking crofting community, its traditions and current practices, as well as some of the issues the people here face as a community.  The course will be conducted in Gaelic and gives the special chance to meet local people who are happy to share a deep knowledge of their area, spoken in the Gaelic of their community.

The course will be based in the Quiraing Lodge or Columba 1400, both in Staffin, where workshops will be held. The evenings will offer the opportunity to socialise with other learners in local homes, with great music and friendly craic.

As usual, the price of the course includes dinner Monday to Thursday, prepared by the generous Flodigarry ladies.

Timetable & attendance details:

The course will officially start with registration on Monday morning at 10.00. Course attendees are encouraged to arrive for 7.30pm on the Sunday evening before the course starts where there will be an informal welcome session at the Hostel with tea, coffee and information from the Flodigarry Community Volunteers.

The formal course is due to finish around 13.00 on Friday.  There are limited places available on the course and as such it is recommended that you book your place now!


There is accommodation available in the Dun Flodigarry Hostel, which is very comfortable and immaculately kept.  In order to book your accommodation, you should contact Dun Flodigarry Hostel directly on 01470 552 212. Their website is:   

The following places offer Bed & Breakfast locally and all are Gaelic speaking households:


  • Margo MacPherson, 10 Flodigarry
01470 552225
  • Donna MacDonald, Quiraing View, 5 Digg
01470 562388
  • Anne MacLeod, New House, Clachan
01470 562328
  • Marion Macleod, 8 Clachan  
01470 562306
  • Joanna MacLeod, 10 Clachan 
01470 562434
  • Donald & Morag Matheson, 11 Stenscholl   
01470 562242

Here is a list of Self-catering properties in the local area:


  • Donna MacDonald, Quiraing View, 5 Digg
01470 562388 (s/c flat)
  • Peggy Scott-Moncrieff, Seascape, Flodigarry
01470 552233 (s/c chalet) (Book through
  • Joanna MacLeod, 10 Clachan 
01470 562434 (s/c chalet)
  • Shulista Croft Wigwams, 3 North Duntulm  
01470 552314 (
  • The Old Crofthouse, 22 Garafad IV51 9JX
(Book through Sykes Holiday Cottages)
  • Staffin Campsite, Grenicle, Staffin
01470 562213
  • Mr & Mrs Munro, 8 Hungladder, Kilmuir 

  01470 552331



Although Mon-Thurs evening meals will be prepared and provided by the people of Flodigarry as part of the hospitality, it is worth thinking about bringing food with you to the hostel, especially for breakfast and lunch.  There is however a kitchen at the hostel which you can use and you can also buy some food such as for breakfast.  You can also find meals at a number of local establishments, such as the Flodigarry Hotel next door to the hostel or the Kilmartin River café, Columba 1400 Centre or Telford café (daytime only) in Staffin.   Exact details of catering and other information will be provided once a place is booked on the course.



Attendees are strongly advised to bring warm/waterproof clothing, and good robust walking boots for the walks and outdoor talks in the local area.


Entry requirements:

No previous knowledge or experience of community involvement is required but a reasonable level of fluency in Gaelic is essential in order to follow the course content.  For further Information, please contact The Short Courses’ Team on 01471 888 246 or e-mail







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