Gaelic: A language for all the family

Cànan airson an teaghlaich air fad translates  to Gaelic – a language for all the family. Whether you are fluent, haven’t used the language since your school days or have never used it at all, there’s plenty of interactive ways to integrate Scotland’s native language and culture in to your family life and try something new.

Events and Festivals

Festivals and events such as Celtic Connections, Aye Write and the West End Festival all regularly feature Gaelic music and arts. These events provide the perfect opportunity to experience Gaelic culture at the same time as having a family day out.

The Royal National Mod, organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach, is Scotland’s biggest celebration of Gaelic culture which takes place every October. This year the Mòd will be held in Dunoon from 12-20 of October. The 2019 Mòd is already confirmed to be taking place in Glasgow.

For more learning based activities there is the Fèis movement. This includes tuition festivals throughout Scotland, Ceilidh Trails and Blas Festival, a traditional music festival held in the Highlands every year.

Drama and Broadcasting

Going to the theatre can be a great way to get the whole family together and out of the house. Gaelic theatre company, Theatre gu Leòr, brings the latest in Gaelic theatre to a wide range of audiences across Scotland.

BBC ALBA provides news, sports and music all in Gaelic and all in one place. For those who aren’t fluent in the language, many of the programmes provide English subtitles.

Education and Learning

Opportunities to learn Gaelic are abundant. Sites like Learn Gaelic provide easy to follow beginners courses online whereas Gaelic4Parents is an online resource for parents and children, regardless of age or ability, who are interested in learning Gaelic through games, stories and audio.

For a more full-time approach, the national Gaelic college, Sabhal Mòr Òstaig, is located on the Isle of Skye and offers a range of study options in a stunning location.

Radio

The BBC hosts multiple radio shows which centre around the Gaelic language and even have an exclusively Gaelic radio station, Radio nan Gàidheal. This station hosts Beag air Bheag, a learners guide through the intricacies of the language. Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh is also broadcast to help those with some knowledge of the language develop their skills.

Sport and Leisure

If you are planning family activities then VisitScotland, Caledonian MacBrayne, The Scottish Parliament and Scottish Natural Heritage all support the Gaelic language. These organisation can help enhance your experience when visiting an area rich in Gaelic culture.

Spòrs Gàidhlig is also available to book Gaelic based outdoor adventures for all of the family to enjoy.

Find out more

Edinburgh University has produced a leaflet which offers information about the history of Gaelic in the capital along with details for Gaelic groups active in the city today.

Bòrd na Ghàidhlig is the national organisation for promoting the Gaelic language. It outlines some of the areas where all the family can participate in and enjoy the Gaelic language and culture.

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