Gaelic on the Great Glen Way
Gàidhlig air an t-Slighe
The Gaelic language plays a very distinct part in the everyday lives of the people of the Highlands and Islands. This is illustrated in place names, hills, mountains, lochs, dams, shops and businesses. There are even Gaelic schools in Drumnadrochit, Fort William and Inverness, making these towns the hotspots in the Glen for the language. For every £1 of public money spent on Gaelic, it brings £3 back into the Scottish economy in diverse economic benefit.
The educational, artistic, cultural, social and economic influence of Gaelic helps make our route special and unique. It transforms our Glen into a living and vibrant experience, rich in history, authenticity and legend.
"A country without its language is a land without its soul"
Translation of Gaelic proverb
Where can I find out more?
There are many different websites where you can find out about Gaelic in the Highlands - whether you want to learn about history and culture or about the language itself. Please find a brief selection below.
|Bòrd na Gàidhlig||Central agency for Gaelic in Scotland|
|Am Baile||Information and resource site|
|BBC Alba||BBC bilingual news and features|
|Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba||Gaelic placenames of Scotland|
Fun and functional phrases
Below are some useful and fun Gaelic phrases you might want to try out while walking along the Great Glen Way. In order to help you pronounce the words correctly we have added the phonetics for each phrase. Have a go and see how you get on!
|Are we there yet?||
A bheil sinn gu bhith ann?
Tha mi gus leigeil roimhe
|That walk was fantastic!||
Bha a’ chuairt sgoinneil!
|How far is it to the top of this hill?||
Dè cho fada ’s a tha e gu mullach na beinne?
|How long will the rain last?||
Cuin a nì i turadh?
|Is there a pub in the next village?||
A bheil pub san ath bhaile?
|When does Nessie get fed?||
Cuin a bhios Nessie a' gabhail grèim?
|The scones are gorgeous||
Tha na sgonaichean math fhèin
|Where's the nearest cludgie?||
Càite bheil an taigh-beag as fhaisge?
|My blisters hurt||
Tha builgein orm is tha iad goirt