Stob Coire Sgreamhach: easier to climb for some than to pronounce?

Stob Coire Sgreamhach: easier to climb for some than to pronounce?

Do you know your meall from your sgurr? Can you wrap your tongue round names such as Stob Coire Sgreamhach?

Gaelic topographical terms present a challenge to English speakers, but help is at hand.

Hillwalker and native Gaelic speaker Cailean Maclean is running a two hour-long Gaelic taster session focusing on mountain, hill and geographic feature names at the upcoming Fort William Mountain Festival.

Mr Maclean was born and brought up in the Hebrides and has lived on Skye for 30 years. He is a keen hillwalker, professional photographer, author, and broadcaster and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history and place names.

So if you can’t fathom why Coire an t-Sneachda is pronounced how it is, then the session organised by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture, could be for you.

Cost of the course at West Highland College UHI in Fort William on 20 February is £15 and there are no age limits.

More information about the session can be obtained by emailing SMO or phoning them on 01471 888 240.