Want to use and grow your Gaelic language skills within a community setting? Our Gaelic enrichment courses include active learning, workshops and fieldtrips, to get you out and about around Uist, speaking Gaelic. Courses cater for beginner to fluent levels, and include classes in grammar, conversational skills and review & consolidation. Students acquire contemporary Gaelic, as used within the modern-day community.
Accommodation on-site in Boisdale House is available, and the course is fully catered with food.
£600 – full accommodation, food & tuition
£400 – food & tuition, no accommodation
£350 – food & tuition, no accommodation, for residents in the Western IslesSelect options
The summer school fee covers tuition through the week of the summer school (concerts and dances not included), including first choice, second choice, third choice and Gaelic for All classes.
|£180||Western Isles fee|
|£75||Youth fee (14-17)|
|Paid||Highland Music Trust (16-25)|
For further information see here.Select options
Gaelic t-shirts with excerpts from Campbell poetry on them, ‘leis a’ bhriogais uallaich’, ‘a h-uile tè dhem stocainnean a-nochd am feum an càradh’, and the well-known adage, ‘thig crìoch air an t-saoghal ach mairidh gaol is ceòl’. Sizes vary.Add to basket
The Campbells of Taobh a Deas Loch Baghasdail (South Lochboisdale) composed some of the most recognisable songs known in the Gaelic world: ‘A Pheigi a GhrÀidh’, ‘A’ Bhriogais Uallach’, ‘òran na h-Airship’. This is acollection of Gaelic poems and songs composed by the family over three generations, by seven poets and one poetess. Featuring many previously unpublished songs, the collection reads as a first-hand social history of a period which saw great change in the Gaelic communities of the islands. It also acts as a house-cèilidh aide-memoire, sitting comfortably in your lap or on the coffee table. Meticulously edited by Jo NicDhòmhnaill and MÀiri Anna Chaimbeul, of the Campbell family, the book was researched during the Ceòlas European Oral Song Tradition (EOST) project.Add to basket
Andrew Laing (1900-1969), or Anndra mac Alasdair ’ic Anndra ’ic Raghnaill ’ic Iain ’ic Anndra ’ic Mgr Seon, was born in Baile Mòr, Paibil, North Uist. Known as Bàrd Hòrasairigh, the songs he composed, such as ‘An t-Eilean Beag Lurach mu Thuath’, are still sung in the communities of North Uist. Naomi Harvey, Ceòlas researcher during the European Oral Song Tradition (EOST) project in 2013-14, has adeptly collected Andrew’s songs and set them within their community context. The book is in English and Scottish Gaelic.Add to basket
In 2015, Ceòlas brought a star line-up of Uibhistich to Celtic Connections, including Gillebrìde MacMillan, Seonaidh MacIntyre, Kathleen MacInnes, Cathy Ann MacPhee, Ingrid Henderson, Allan Henderson, Howie MacDonald and many more. This DVD offers you the chance to recount that unbeatable performance.Add to basket
The European Oral Song Tradition (EOST) brought together pan-European research on the singing traditions of minority language areas. In ‘Gaoth an Iar’, the song tradition is contemporary, just as you’d hear it at a St Peter’s cèilidh in Dalabrog, South Uist. Tracks are all-encompassing, including noted tradition bearers such as Paul McCalum, Peigi Lexy Chaimbeul, MÀiri Flòraidh Hollister, Seumas Caimbeul, Penny Burgess, Dòmhnall Ruairidh Caimbeul, and more, as well as the newly formed ‘Guthan an Iar’ Gaelic singing group and children from Sgoil Dhalabroig. Some songs recorded on this album were previously unknown to the wider public.Add to basket
Donald Joseph MacKinnon (1907-1962), or Dòmhnall Iòsaph mac Ruairidh Iain Bhàin, and commonly known as An Eòsag, was from Bruarnais, Barra. Possessing of the most recognisable Gaelic singing voices of the 20th century, An Eòsag was recorded by the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He was also renowned for being the skipper of the MV Lochmore, which serviced the Outer Hebrides, singing to himself on the bridge as he sailed her across the Minch. This CD comprises of 16 tracks of archival song recording by An Eòsag, and includes tracks such as ‘A’ Bhìrlinn Bharrach’, ‘Òran na Cloiche’, ‘Òran eile air Latha Chùil Lodair’, and ‘Fear a’ Chota Ruaidh’.Add to basket
Tunes and songs from Uist, this is the second CD in the successful series ‘Ceòl Uibhist’. The CD includes singers, musicians and tradition bearers from Beàrnaraigh na Hearadh to South Uist, showcasing the Gaelic traditional music scene in the islands as it is today. Catrìona Garbutt, Dunnchadh MacFhionghain, Calum Iain MacCorcadail, Màiri Mairead NicIlleathain, Pòl MacCaluim, Ruairidh MacAoidh, Na Deasaich, Dòmhnall Ruairidh Caimbeul, Janice Simpson, Seonaidh Ailig MacAoidh, Coinneach Mhanson, Peigi Lexy Chaimbeil, Aonghas Ailig MacDhòmhnaill, Mòrag NicNeacail, Sounds of Kilphedar.Add to basket