Tag Archives: Scotland

Yellow plant of Beltane

The marsh marigold is a vivid reminder of the close links between Gaelic culture and the Scottish seasons, as Ruairidh MacIlleathain explains. Leugh ann an Gàidhlig The day that starts the summer, now the first of May, is still known … Continue reading

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Lus buidhe Bealltainn

Tha na Gàidheil fhathast a’ comharrachadh na Bealltainn, co-dhiù le bhith ag ainmeachadh a’ chiad latha dhen Chèitean mar ‘Latha Buidhe Bealltainn’. Tha ‘buidhe’ an dà chuid na chomharra de dhath agus de dheagh fhortan (canaidh sinn ‘nach buidhe dhut’ … Continue reading

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Nathraichean Nimhe is Gliocais

Tha àite mòr aig an nathair ann am beul-aithris nan Gàidheal Read in English Bha na seann Ghàidheil gu math measail air tòimhseachain, agus seo eisimpleir de a leithid, ged nach bi e furasta do dhaoine anns an latha an-diugh … Continue reading

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Adders of Poison and Wisdom

Adders have a significant place in Gaelic folklore Leugh ann an Gàidhlig The old Gaels were very fond of puzzles, and here’s an example of one whose solution might not be immediately obvious to the modern eye or ear: Tha … Continue reading

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Celebrating our Machair

It’s fitting that even English speakers use a Gaelic word for a habitat that is such an icon of the Gàidhealtachd. Leugh ann an Gàidhlig In the dark depths of winter, perhaps it’s appropriate to remind ourselves of the light … Continue reading

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Machraichean Bòidheach na h-Alba

Tha am facal ‘machair’ cho sònraichte ʼs gu bheil e air tighinn a-steach don Bheurla. Read in English Tha e math aig an àm seo dhen bhliadhna, nuair a tha na làithean dorch agus a’ ghrian ìosal, a bhith a’ … Continue reading

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Birds of Premonition

The Gaels traditionally viewed some bird behaviours as predictors of future events… Leugh ann an Gàidhlig Birds are active creatures whose lives intertwine regularly with our own. Some of our avian friends even make their homes in and around our … Continue reading

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Eòin nam Manaidhean

ʼS iomadh eun a dh’innseas dhuinn dè tha romhainn … Read in English Tha na ceanglaichean eadar eòin agus daoine gu math làidir. Nach tuirt ar sinnsearan gum b’ e Linn an Àigh nuair a bha Gàidhlig aig na h-eòin?! … Continue reading

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Land of Falling Water

‘Eas’ in the Gaelic landscape marks a named waterfall Leugh ann an Gàidhlig There must be thousands of waterfalls cascading off mountains in the Scottish Highlands, most of which are marked on our maps with the simple English label ‘waterfall’. … Continue reading

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Tìr nan Easan ʼs nan Steall

ʼS iomadh eas a chithear air a’ Ghàidhealtachd, agus tha ainmean sònraichte air feadhainn dhiubh. Read in English Feumaidh gu bheil na mìltean de dh’easan ann an Alba mhòr bheanntach an uisge ach mar as trice chan fhaicear air a’ … Continue reading

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