Gaelic language day at Holyrood


Friday is Gaelic Language Day at Holyrood. Events include Gaelic singing workshops, free guided tours of the Parliament building in Gaelic and an art installation which explores the story of Gaelic communities in Glasgow.

Gaelic Language Day is supported by Bòrd na Gaidhlig.

All events are open to the public on Friday 26 November, with some activities extending into the weekend to coincide with the Parliament’s Jacobite-themed ‘Rebels with a Cause’ exhibition and family weekend.

Activities and events include:

Free Gaelic Singing Workshops (1-1.5 hours)
Friday 26 November

As part of Gaelic Language Day and following the Jacobite theme of the 'Rebels with a Cause' exhibition and the St. Andrew's Day family weekend, we are offering you the chance to come along and learn some Gaelic songs from the 18th Century.

These free workshops, held by Fiona MacKenzie and Deirdre McMahon, will focus on music from the Jacobite period and are open to all those with an interest in Gaelic singing whatever your age or competence. Why not come along and join in?

Three free workshops will be held throughout the day at the following times:

10.00, 12.00 and 14.00. All three sessions are heavily booked, but late availability is still possible.

To book a place please contact Visitors Services at 0131 348 5200,

Free Gaelic Guided Tours (30 mins)
Friday 26 November 2010

Why not try a guided tour around Holyrood in Gaelic? 

Four special public tours will run at: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 and 13.15

Your guide will take you on a Gaelic tour of the Parliament and even if you are not fluent in the language why not sign up, come along and get a flavour of the language.

All four tours are heavily booked, but late availability is still possible.

To book a place please contact us at: Visitors Services at 0131 348 5200,

Gaelic Information Stall & Gaelic Taster Sessions
Friday 26 November 2008

Throughout the day the Parliament's Gaelic Officer will run a stall in the Public hall, why not pop in, visit us, learn a bit of Gaelic and about Gaelic at the Scottish Parliament?

Free Gaelic information leaflets for fluent speakers and learners will be available throughout the weekend, as well as our “taster” leaflet to help you learn some Gaelic.

Jacobite Storytelling sessions in Committee Room 1 (in association with the Storytelling Centre)

Join us for exciting stories of heroes and spies, soldiers and kings as our storytellers act out the adventures of the Jacobites.

Friday 26 November

12.00-13.00 (English)

14.00-15.00 (Gaelic) with James MacDonald-Reid

Sunday 28 November

15.00-16.00 (Gaelic) with Pàdhraig MacNèill

Spaces are still available for the storytelling sessions.

To book a place, please contact us at: Visitors Services at 0131 348 5200, .

You can now get in touch with the Parliament by text message. Our interactive service enables you to get the name of your MSP by sending your postcode, lets you ask questions about the Parliament and its work, and enables you to request a selection of free leaflets. The number to take advantage of is 07786 209888. Texts are charged at standard network rates. More details can be found on our Text Service page.

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