Transceltic's Emmett McIntyre contacted Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College, to find out more about their work. Mick MacNèill from the college kindly provided us with this fascinating introduction to their unique educational institution, which is dedicated to promoting and preserving Scotland's ancient Celtic tongue, Scottish Gaelic, as a modern, living language.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Gaelic College, is located on the Isle of Skye off Scotland’s west coast. Founded in 1973, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has become internationally recognised as a National Centre for the Gaelic language and culture. The College is an academic partner within the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), and provides high quality education and research opportunities through the medium of Scottish Gaelic.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (SMO), which translates to “The Big Barn of Ostaig”, is a modern, innovative college and has excellent learning resources on-campus including an exceptional library collection, broadcast and recording facilities, residential student accommodation and a Gaelic-medium childcare facility. SMO is committed to being a centre of excellence for the development and enhancement of the Gaelic language, culture and heritage, by providing quality educational, training and research opportunities through the medium of Scottish Gaelic; and by interacting innovatively with individuals, communities and businesses, to contribute to social, cultural and economic development. The College also plays a leading role in the promotion of the Gaelic arts and culture and hosts a programme of residencies for artists in music, literature and the visual arts.