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Fort William Mountain Festival 18th-22nd February 2015

Celebrating the Wild in the Outdoor Capital of the UK

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Understanding our mountains through the Gaelic language

Friday 20th February 2015


Are you a keen hill walker or mountaineer?

Do you know the difference between a beinn, sgurr, druim or aonach?

What do names like Ben Nevis, Aonach Eagach or Buachaille Etive Mòr actually mean? Do you have difficulty pronouncing Gaelic hill names? Would you like to have a better understanding of these names and the other Gaelic geographical features such as sròn and coire, both how to pronounce them and what they mean?

As part of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2015, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, will be running two hour-long Gaelic taster session focusing on mountain, hill & geographic feature names.

The tutor for these sessions is native Gaelic speaker and scholar Cailean Maclean. Cailean was born and brought up in the Hebrides and has lived in Skye for 30 years. He is a keen hill walker, professional photographer, author, and broadcaster. As such, he has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history and place names.


Friday 20th February 2015

13.00 – 15.00

Cost £15 per person

No age or experience requirements

Please phone the Short Courses Team at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on 01471 888 240 to guarantee your seat or pay on the door.

Venue: West Highland College UHI, Carmichael Way, Fort William PH33 6FF

For further information please e-mail SMO Short Courses:cg.smo@uhi.ac.uk or telephone 01471-888-240

Presenting Partner

  • Jottnar

Major Sponsors

  • Corpach Boat Building Company
  • Ellis Brigham
  • Hotscot
  • Marine Harvest
  • Nevis Landscape Partnership
  • Nevis Range
  • Rare Breeds Production
  • Rio Tinto Alcan

Supporting Sponsors

  • All Round Signs
  • Beatsuite
  •  Crannog Concept
  • National Trust Scotland

With thanks to

Abacus Mountain Guides
Bill Scott Architect
Cotswold Outdoor
John Muir Trust
Outdoor Capital of the UK
The Granite House
Three Wise Monkeys Climbing