Scottish Gaelic Immersion Breaks
Gu Saoghal Na Gàidhlig
Studying Gaelic amidst Hebridean Gaelic Communities
Our immersion breaks are the ideal opportunity for beginner to advanced learners to come together to focus on the practical conversation development of Gaelic in a relaxed, fun environment that stimulates conversation. Daily Activities will depend on the length of the break and can include island excursions, wildlife watching, crofting life, walking etc. (some activities are weather dependent) You will be encouraged to speak Gaelic as much as possible, hence we will work on vocabulary building and grammar as well. We will enable students to connect to the Gaelic language in its heartland and aim to achieve a sense of belonging to the Gaelic World and Community
We are proud to work in collaboration with www.igot2travel.com/hebridean-day-trips to arrange unforgettable experiences and as many of you can't make it to the islands, we will also re-start intensive week/weekend courses on mainland Scotland or further afield as soon as feasible.
The Uists and Harris
Few places are as evocative as the Outer Hebrides and where better to try out your new language skills than in the heartland of Gaelic in the Outer Hebrides.
The Gaelic language is still spoken on these islands on a daily basis and is classed as a working language and can be heard across all islands from Lewis to Barra. Through our short immersion breaks, you will be able to practice communicating in the language with your fellow students and while out on our fields trips converse with locals in different locations. This helps build up confidence in conversation and allows you to put to use your newly learned skills.
Only the Best
Imagine the opportunity to spend a weekend at a Hebridean retreat away from the outside world where you will immerse yourself in all that is Gaelic. Take the opportunity to meet other students, go on motorboat trips around this secluded area, explore the islands, sing some Gaelic songs, sit and relax by a warm fire and try out all you have learned. Through this relaxed and informal setting, the learning journey is fun and rewarding and we know from past experience students love it.
What is Included (example)
depending on the package, some or all meals
Benbecula Airport/Lochmaddy or Berneray Harbour
pick-up and drop off
Transport on all days for those staying in North Uist in local accommodation (Carinish / Lochmaddy / Bayhead / Locheport area)
Gaelic tuition, course folder and online resources
Excursions and language immersion (Hercules in Langass Woods, Balranald Nature Reserve, The giant's birthplace in Berneray & beach, The Woollen Mill & Boatshed, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Finn's People/Barpa/Standing Stones, Isle of Harris/Tweed weaver/Tarbert/ Luskentyre
Dialogue Development Coaching
Meet up with native speakers
Day / Half-Day Trips
Your Gateway to Learning
We are proud to work in collaboration with www.igot2travel.com/hebridean-day-trips to offer you unforgettable experiences . We believe that to enrich your conversational skills it is best to head out into the local environment and test your language skills with local interaction. The native language is connected in these islands with everyday life from crofting to fishing, shopping and pub culture. The richness of the language spoken in local dialects encourages you to listen and try and converse and learn new words and phrases along the way.
Check our North Uist On-Demand Face-to-Face Gaelic taster Lessons offered between May and August as well!
Get in touch to check our availability.
Immersion Weeks Isle of North Uist 2023
See events page for registration details
Next date 05-09 June 2023 waiting list is open. You can reserve your place on the event's page by clicking here.
Next date 24-28 April 2023 waiting list is open.You can reserve your place and book an interview here.
Includes a 1-day trip to the Isle of Harris
Hebridean Reboot 2023 - Dates TBC
Life & Transition Coaching
When you feel safe and secure, there is no room for fear. Coming to the Hebrides, we offer a safe place, away from all distractions to replenish your energy. It will help you surmount those ill feelings - whether this is through meditation, action-taking or a walk on the beach. This sense of comfort will soothe you and allow you to face your fear. Combine this with a digital detox and remove internet and phone from your life to allow your brain to reboot. From 2023 onwards, we can offer bilingual (English/Gaelic) island group retreats.
North Uist Summer School
31/07/2023 - 25/08/2023
We are pround to announce our very first 4-week Summer School which will take place in August 2023. As we are putting the final details together the coming months, you can already register your interest.
The program will cater for beginner to intermediate learners and will have a strong focus on Gaelic dialogue development (communication skills), supported by reading practice & writing skills development, vocabulary & grammar building as well as topic related activities.
On-Demand Taster Classes for Island Visitors
Check the Gaelic Lessons in North Uist page for info
Our on-demand pop-up language classes are the ideal opportunity for island visitors and locals to experience learning the native Gaelic language which is connected in these islands with everyday life from crofting to fishing, shopping and pub culture. The richness of the language spoken in local dialects encourages you to listen and try and converse and learn new words and phrases along the way. Whether you are passing through North Uist or live locally, get in touch to book your own Gaelic language learning experience.