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Gaelic

Ceud mìle fàilte. The traditional Gaelic greeting extends ‘One hundred thousand welcomes’ to you as you visit one of the heartlands of the language. Clan Donald Skye keenly supports the cultural traditions of Clan Donald and the Scottish Highlands and Islands, including the revitalisation of the Gaelic language.

Once at the heart of the historic Kingdom of the Isles, Gaelic is still a vibrant living language used in the local community, and is being actively promoted – locally and globally – through new learning initiatives.

The name Clan Donald itself comes from the Gaelic ‘Clann Dòmhnaill’, meaning ‘children of Donald’, while the name MacDonald comes from the Gaelic ‘Mac Dhòmhnaill’, meaning ‘son of Donald’. This is a pattern common to many of the Highlands’ surnames, and the language has named many of the hills, lochs, land features and settlements you will see when you visit Clan Donald Skye.

Clan Donald Skye proudly supports Bun-Sgoil Shlèite (Sleat Primary School) and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic-medium college, both based just two miles from our Visitor Centre. Clan Donald Skye partners with the College to build a better profile for Sleat, its culture, its heritage and our languages. Gaelic brings very real benefits to the region with visitors coming to study the language and explore their roots. Clan Donald Skye understands the economic and emotional advantages these activities bring to individuals, to Sleat and to the new blossoming of Gaelic culture.

If you’re lucky, you might even hear the sound of Gaelic conversation during your visit to the Isle of Skye. The links on this page open resources allowing you to try out a little Gaelic for yourself.

Follow the links below to hear some spoken Gaelic.

Chan eil aoibhneas gun Chlann Dòmhnaill ( There is no joy without Clan Donald )

Ceud Mìle Fàilte ( A thousand welcomes )

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