Gaelic Groups in Edinburgh N-Z
Information and contact details for Gaelic groups in and around Edinburgh N-Z.
The information below has been provided by the individual groups themselves. Our thanks to all who have contributed, without whom this project would not have been possible.
The National Library of Scotland aims to collect and keep a copy of everything that has ever been published in Gaelic or about Gaelic culture, whether in print or in digital format. It also holds the world’s largest collection of Scottish Gaelic manuscripts. Items can be consulted in the Library’s George IV Bridge reading rooms with a Library card. Information about the Library collections, services, exhibitions and events is available online. A Gaelic language information leaflet is also available.
The National Museum of Scotland offers a Gaelic map, and ‘plan your visit’ information is available in Gaelic online. Trails for families and schools are available on line in Gaelic, and Lewis chess pieces resources are available in Gaelic for schools on Twinkl. There is a Gaelic–speaking Visitor Experience Assistant, and all new Visitor Experience team members are trained in Gaelic awareness. The organisation responds in Gaelic to all comments, complaints, and compliments submitted in Gaelic. National Museums Scotland provide Gaelic translations of their key strategic organisational documents online, including the five-year Gaelic Language Plan.
Newbattle Abbey College provides:
- Free online Gaelic courses for beginner and intermediate learners at various times throughout the college year.
- Full-time course (one year) – Access to Higher Education (SWAP): Celtic Studies
- Early Years Practitioners Gaelic Language Project – aimed at people who already have Gaelic language, whether they are learners or fluent speakers
Òganan Dhùn Èideann provides Gaelicmedium Early Years and Out of School Care for 3-12 year olds. Òganan’s staff are committed to providing an excellent quality of service for every child, young person and parent in an environment that is safe and stimulating. They offer:
- Fully funded Early Years sessions as well as wraparound childcare for all pre-school children;
- Breakfast Club and After-school Club;
- Fun, age-appropriate activities;
- First-class facilities and equipment;
- A wide range of healthy snacks;
- Holiday Clubs and In-Service Day childcare.
The Scottish Parliament makes laws, debates issues that are important to Scotland, and holds the Scottish Government to account. The Scottish Parliament offers Gaelic tours and education sessions, provides Gaelic publications, and welcomes contact in Gaelic. You can follow the Scottish Parliament in Gaelic on social media or follow the parliament blog.
The Scottish Poetry Library has on its shelves to borrow and in stock in its shop to buy many books featuring work by Gaelic-language poets past and present. The website of the Scottish Poetry Library contains Gaelic resources, podcast interviews with Gaelic poets and, of course, poems written by Gaelic poets. Many pages on the website have been translated into Gaelic. The SPL recently commissioned a Gaelic-language film that can be watched on the SPL website that highlights the Library’s Gaelic resources. Further information is available online.
From September to June, St Columba’s holds a monthly Gaelic service in the church hall in the Lawnmarket. Services commence at 3pm, with tea and coffee available afterwards. St Columba’s maintains an email distribution list of service attenders which you can join if you are interested in keeping up to date with forthcoming services.
The University of Edinburgh established the first Chair of Celtic in Scotland in 1882. In Celtic & Scottish Studies, the University teaches programmes at all levels and is active in Gaelic research. The Centre for Open Learning offers Gaelic classes to the community, and the Gaelic Officer organises a Gaelic events programme. The University holds important Gaelic collections, including the School of Scottish Studies Archives. The University established the first Gaelic Writer in Residence in 2022. The University’s Gaelic Language Plan 2019-2024 is available on the website.