Chance to get Gaelic talking in island community

Co-Chomunn na Pairc – the Park Community Co-operative – in South Lochs, Lewis, are offering the chance for people to improve their conversational skills by entering into a Gaelic community.

The week long experience, running from Saturday March 5 to Saturday March 12 and based at the Ravenspoint Centre in Kershader, is open to Gaelic learners of all levels and includes 15 hours of tuition using the exciting new ULPAN method of learning with an emphasis on improving fluency.

The course also offers local visits to experience life in a Gaelic speaking community and learning about the area’s remarkable history and culture.

South Lochs is a very rural and beautiful part of Lewis with a population of around 400 of whom 61 per cent spoke Gaelic at the time of the last Census.

While subject to change like all areas, it is still a place where Gaelic is spoken on a daily basis, and the courses offer a rare opportunity to experience living in the heart of a Gaelic community with visits to local Gaelic speakers in their homes, helping in a Gaelic speaking shop, attending a Gaelic church service, visiting the local school’s Gaelic Medium Unit and enjoying a community ceilidh.

Co-Chomunn na Pairc have been assisted in running the course by Lews Castle College and Comunn na Gaidhlig. Cost of the week long course is £150 to non-residential students and £200 to residential students – covering good basic hostel bed and breakfast accommodation at Ravenspoint for seven nights, lunches, all tuition and visits.

Support may be available for travel costs from the mainland, up to £50.

For further details and application form, please contact Margaret MacLennan on 01851 880236 or