B’ e coimhearsnachd ghasda ghrinn a bha ann aig ‘Gàidhlig san Taigh-Sholais’

On a spit of land at the narrowest part of the Chesapeake Bay in full view of the Calvert Cliffs, an intentional Gàidhlig-speaking community formed for a late spring weekend. 

Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais had three purposes: Building Gàidhlig language skills, Gàidhlig thinking, and Gàidhlig community.  Take a look at scenes from the weekend. Twenty people spent a weekend at Cove Point Lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay immersed in Gàidhlig. This was the first Gàidhlig language weekend in Southern Maryland.  It was organized by Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taighe Mhòir and Gàidhlig Photomac – two regional Gaelic Learning Communities – and sponsored in part by An Comunn Gàidhealach Ameireaganach (ACGA).

Our little ad hoc community had a wide range of experience with Gàidhlig, from beginner to fluent, and came from a wide range of places, from Virginia to Vermont.  Yet, bonds were quick to form and at the end everyone felt they had experienced a real sense of community. Continue reading


Get on the Sgoil Gàidhlig New Student List for 2019 – 2020


Have you wanted to learn Gàidhlig or build on the Gàidhlig you have?  This is a great opportunity.

The first year of Sgoil Gàidhlig Bhaile an Taigh Mhòir’s new curriculum is drawing to an end, and we are already getting inquiries for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.  The next year of classes will begin in September 2019, but we are not yet ready to release a schedule for the upcoming academic year. However, we are building a waiting list of learners who will be the first new students contacted about placement in the 2019 – 2020 classes.  

If you are interested in studying Gàidhlig with Sgoil Gàidhlig, write to us and get your name on the new student list.

We currently have four  levels of syllabi: New Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate 1, and Intermediate 2.   We have syllabi for Advanced 1 and 2, and Fluent, in production.  Each level runs one complete academic year. Continue reading

New News on the Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

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Space for overnight participants in
 san Taigh-sholais (Gaelic in the Lighthouse) is now full.

Effective 5 March 2019 we are accepting only:

  1. Registrations from those who can commute to and from the site.  The full course of study and all meals are available to commuters.  If you would like to attend and can commute, please use the normal registration form and note on it that you will commute. Click here for the registration form.
  2. Single day registrations from those wishing to attend the Saturday session only.  While we prefer to have participants take part in the entire weekend of sessions, we have made this option available because of the interest in the program. Meals on Saturday are included. Doors open on Saturday at 8:00 am.  The Saturday-only session is $60 per person. If you would like to attend Saturday only, please use the normal registration form and note on it that the registration is for Saturday only. Click here for the registration form.
  3. Names of people who wish to be put on a waiting list for any overnight space that may open should a current registrant have to drop out.  These spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis. To have your name put on the waiting list, please write to sgoilgaidhlig@gmail.com.

Click here for a full description of the immersion weekend.

Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais
(Gaelic in the Lighthouse)

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Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais: A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

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Gàidhlig san Taigh-sholais
(Gaelic in the Lighthouse)

A Scottish Gaelic Immersion Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

DihAoine, 31mh An Céitean – DiDòmhnaich, 2na An t-Òg-mhìos 2019
Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June 2019
Cove Point Lighthouse in Lusby, Maryland
Pre-registration is necessary
Click here for the registration form

Beginner and Intermediate tracks

Use and grow your Gàidhlig language skills within a community setting

On a spit of land at the narrowest part of the Chesapeake Bay in full view of the Calvert Cliffs we will form our own little temporary Gàidhlig-speaking community as we learn together in a beautiful setting. The immersion weekend is only two days, but it will be packed and we  hope you leave having had an extraordinary experience that strengthens the Gaelic you use at home. Continue reading

Winter Greetings to all

Geamhradh Brèagha agus
Bliadhna Mhath Ùr air a h-uile duine
(A Beautiful Winter and
a Happy New Year to everyone)
Guma math a dh’éireas dhuibh le Bliadhna Ùir
agus a bhith blàth fad a’ gheamhraidh.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd dhuibh.

November Céilidh! Thigibh ann cuide ruinn!

Sunday, 18 November
DiDòmhnaich, 18mh An t-Samhain
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tri uairean feasgar – Sia uairean feasgar
We will be in a private home in Towson. Directions provided upon RSVP.

Tha am foghar ann a bheireas an samhradh gu crìch agus a dh’fhosglas an geamhradh. (The autumn is here which brings the summer to an end and opens the winter.)

Thigibh ann cuide ruinn! (Join us!)

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Aig a’ chèilidh (At the céilidh)

  • Gaelic Immersion session – Build your Gaelic through conversation.
  • A History of Halloween – A presentation and discussion by Scott MacIlleMhoire (Morrison) on the lore, origins, and history of what we today call Halloween.
  • Sharing of songs, stories, music, and poetry  – Learn some songs as we sing together and bring your own tunes, poems, stories or songs to share (in Gaelic or otherwise).  Some will reflect the time of year and the Gaelic traditions of the season.

Our céilidhean are rooted in the traditional Highland céilidh as an intimate, informal gathering where stories, poems, songs, news, and more are shared; good food and drink are partaken of; and the craic is always good.

If you are interested in Gaelic culture and language, we would love for you to come.  You do not have to be a participant in any of our study groups (though you are very welcome to join).  We will be practicing our Gaelic, but everyone will feel comfortable, whether you have any Gaelic or not.

Please RSVP to richard.gwynallen@gmail.com

Chì sinn uile aig a’ chèilidh sibh! (We’ll see you all at the cèilidh)