“Gaelic in the Landscape”
Janni Williams will be presenting to us on “Gaelic in the Landscape”
Janni, who will be familiar to some members, is a Gaelic tutor at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the National Centre for Gaelic Language and Culture. She is also keen hill walker, climber and sea kayaker and has a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s Gaelic history, place names and outdoor pursuits. Gaelic place names are all around us in Scotland, especially when you’re out in the hills. Have you ever wondered how to pronounce the mountains Liathach or Spìdean a’ Choire Sheasgaich correctly? Are you intrigued about the difference between a sgùrr, a cnoc and a meall? Would you like to understand the meanings of the names of mountains, passes, rivers and skerries to give you an insight into their characteristics or history?
The evening, in the form of a workshop, is aimed at anyone interested in the Gaelic names found in our landscape, covering the basics of Gaelic pronunciation and the meanings of the most common land features, as well as a few describing words, plants and animals commonly found in hill names. Please bring a couple of OS maps of mountainous areas in Scotland.