Scotland’s Gaelic College

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is the only college in the world which not only teaches the Gaelic language, but is also administered using Scottish Gaelic as the primary language.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI is spread over two campuses, Arainn Ostaig and Arainn Chaluim Chille.  The two are interlinked by a well-lit pathway and are only a short walk apart.  The Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries, Fàs, is located next to Àrainn Chaluim Chille.

Of particular interest to Gaelic language learners in Scotland and around the world are the Gaelic courses provided by the college. While the population of Scotland is just under 5.3 million people, as many as 5 times that number of Scots live abroad.

College Mission:
“Sabhal Mor Ostaig 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.

Current student numbers stand at approximately 100 on full-time courses, about 160 on distance learning courses, and up to 900 enrol on short courses each year. The College has a diverse student population, with a cross-section of ages and different nationalities. Though most of our students come from within Scotland and the UK, Sabhal Mor Ostaig has welcomed students from as far afield as North America, mainland Europe and Asia. Graduates of the College have gone on to Gaelic-related employment in many industries, adding their skills to the maintenance and development of the language.”

Courses in Gaelic

Since many people interested in both learning and reviving Scottish Gaelic live outside of Scotland the distance learning courses are of particular interest. They provide a way to learn Scottish Gaelic from the most reputable Gaelic teaching organisation in the world.

Courses include:

If a distance learning course for beginners in Scottish Gaelic interests you then take a look at the college’s An Cùrsa Inntrigidh as a starting point.

Contact information:

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Sleat, Isle of Skye
Scotland, IV44 8RQ
+44 (0) 1471 888000