Classes and Distance Learning


How to Use This Information

There are many paths to proficiency in Scottish Gaelic. The path that works best for you may be entirely different from what works for others. Most Gaelic learners in North America started by buying a book (or better, a book with tapes; see our Learning Materials page) and trying to figure things out on their own. A few rare souls have even achieved a fair degree of proficiency this way, but most of us eventually conclude that we need help in the form of classes, courses, or private lessons. This page provides you with information about a variety of such resources that you might consider.

Most learners would be well advised to exhaust their local resources first. There’s nothing quite as good as face-to-face instruction and practice, and if you’re lucky enough to live where such opportunities exist, you should consider them. See our local listings for the United States and for Canada.

If you don’t find local classes, or you’re ready to venture beyond them, there are several additional sorts of educational opportunities available to you. These include private long-distance instruction, long-distance courses (on-line or correspondence), on-line study groups, and short and summer courses. Depending on your learning style, geographic location, budget, and interests, one or more of these might be a good choice for you. And, of course, if you become really serious, you might consider a full-time college program in Gaelic or in Celtic Studies.

[Please email any updates, corrections or additions to Janice Chan.]

 Local Classes, Study Groups, etc. (United States)

State Class or Event
Arizona Flagstaff: Study Group. Richard Ferguson  leads a study group that meets Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00PM, at the Thorpe Park Community and Senior center on Thorpe Park Road.  They use the “Teach Yourself Gaelic” book and CDs. Except for purchasing these, the study group is free, thanks to sponsorship by the Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society.
Phoenix: Classes. Richard Smith has taught classes from time to time for about five years, usually in his home. He uses Teach Yourself Gaelic (book & CD). As of this writing (3/08), he is forming a new class.

Tucson: Classes. Muriel Fisher, a native speaker from Skye, teaches Gaelic classes at her own Tucson Gaelic Institute, the University of Arizona, and Pima Community College, all in Tucson. She also gives classes on Skype and on the telephone. Muriel’s webpage at has more details.
California Sacramento area: Classes. Donnie Macdonald of Men of Worth, a native speaker from Lewis, conducts a class once each month in Citrus Heights from his home (8034 Avalos Way, Citrus Heights, CA 95610). Contact him by email for details, or phone him at 916-723-6320 (home) or 916-214-4776 (mobile).
Colorado Boulder: Study Group. Sue Hendrix conducts the Boulder Study Group in her home every Monday evening at 7:00PM. This group is very beginner-friendly, and usually alternates between beginner material and material for more advanced students, though all are welcome at all sessions.
Denver: Study Group. Advanced learners meet once a month at Stella’s Coffeehouse in South Denver to practice their Gaelic conversation skills and read Gaelic literature. Dates and times vary, though the most common time is 9:30-11:30 AM on the third Saturday of each month. Contact Reese McKay for more information.
San Luis Valley: Lessons. Caroline Root is not currently teaching in person, however she is available to teach lessons in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, and workshops more widely in southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. She also teaches lessons on the phone and on line. These lessons can be either with the student’s choice of learning material or with lessons developed by Caroline. She is also happy to support study groups through phone or on line. Web site:
Connecticut Hartford area: Lessons. Thomas Leigh is currently teaching private and semi-private lessons for beginners at his home in South Windsor as well as over Skype for distance learners, under the auspices of the Callanish School of Celtic Arts Maggie Carchrie,the director of the Callanish School, offers lessons in Gaelic song. For further information contact Maggie at 860-748-7549.
Florida Treasure Coast Scots-Gaelic Study Group Held 1st and 3rd Saturday @ 6:00 pm.
R.S.V.P. Dawn Coker, 561-502-4980.
Contact S. Ryan
Illinois Springfield: Study Group Bill McClain conducts a study group which meets the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 1–4PM in  the Bicentennial Room (3rd floor) of the Lincoln Library in Springfield.Contact Bill by email or at 217-854-7918. See also their Facebook group at:
Maryland The Baltimore Gaelic Study Group
Rick Gwynallen
See The Baltimore Study Group
for details, or call 301-928-9026
The Song Group: MacTalla. For time and place please call:
Joan McWilliams Weiss,
4710 Essex Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301–656–3454, e-mail
Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Scottish Gaelic Learning Group – This is an online group of those in the Bi-State area who would like to learn more about Scottish Gaelic and have to opportunity to interact with other speakers. Currently a virtual meet-up group, as membership grows we’d like to expand the group’s opportunities to meet to include video chat meetings and in person get togethers/study opportunities.
New York The New York Caledonian Club holds semester-driven Gaelic classes. Follow this link for more information.
North Carolina Guilford Gaelic Learners
The Guilford Gaelic Learners is an advanced beginner group which meets quarterly at various venue. For further information contact An Phillips, Class CoordinatorIn the Triangle / Raleigh area, the Scottish Gaelic Beginners Group meets monthly. This is a true beginners group, founded by Timothy Rogers. For further information contact An Phillips.
Chapel Hill
Classes led by Michael Newton will be on the first three Saturday mornings 10 am – 12:30 pm from 9 January to 16 April, 2016. Gaelic songs with Stephanie Johnston for about 30 minutes of every class. Classes are $5/session; payment in cash in advance, a month at a time (pay $15 at the first meeting of every month). Classes are held at Chapel of the Cross, next to the UNC Morehead Planetarium, at 304 E Franklin St.
Oklahoma This Study Group Meets every Monday from 7:00 pm – 8:55 pm in Midwest City (a suburb of Oklahoma City) at the Midwest City Public Library, 8143 East Reno Avenue, Midwest City, OK. The first 30 – 40 minutes are devoted to beginners with the advanced students meeting from that time until 8:55. Additional study time on Saturdays from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm happens at the instructor’s house. Materials used include Hugo, Scottish Gaelic in Three Months and the Speaking Our Language audio and video tapes. There is no charge for the sessions, but students are expected to furnish supplies.Contact:
Barry Acker
828 SE 38th Street
Moore, OK 73160-7716
Pennsylvania About This Study Group: We meet Tuesday mornings in Cranberry Township (suburb of Pittsburg) at 10 am until noon.
We continue to use ‘Speaking Our Language’ and ‘Can Seo’ with extras supplied by MacKinnon, MacLaren and Hugo’s texts.Contact Harry Webb for more information by e-mail, or call 724–776–4382.
Texas Classes Taught via Skype by: David Gressett. Two study groups, one at 10: 00 am Central time, Saturday mornings and another at 6:30 pm Central on Wednesday nights. These are free for ACGA members. Contact David at for more information.
In This Study Group, we use material drawn from Speaking Our Language, Bun Chursa Gaidhlig, Everyday Gaelic and Teach Yourself Gaelic as well as lots of children’s books. We play games, role play, sing songs and take side trips down whatever interesting paths beckon of an evening.Location:
7117 Misty Meadow Dr. S,
Fort Worth, TX 76133Contact:
Jonquele Jones
817–294–5901 (H)
817–935–4972 (W)
Virginia Classes Taught By: Michael Mackay
Local in-person and via Skype. Location:
3860 Dumfries Road, Catlett, VA 20119. Contact: Michael Mackay
The Scottish Society of Tidewater teaches weekly Gaelic lessons, first, second, and third year, every Thursday night. First and second year meet at 7:00pm and third year at 8:00pm. Classes are held at Haygood Methodist Church in Virginia Beach, VA and are free with the exception of $30 in materials. Interested learners can find more at
Northern Virginia-Washington,DC-Maryland Gàidhlig Photomac
A regional Scottish-Gaelic learning community that holds regular workshops and social events that encourage the use and growth of Gaelic language skills. Events are listed on and our Facebook page.
Community organizers: Liam Ó Caiside (Bill Cassidy) and Cathleen Ransom MacKay.
Contact: Gàidhlig Photomac on; or Liam
Washington Seattle: Classes and Other Events: Join us for Scottish Gaelic in N. Seattle. Monthly classes: Gaelic Intensive Days (GID) beginning Oct. 5 offered one Saturday a month, Oct. thru May, at 4 levels. Two sessions (January & May) are offered to anyone with a bit of Gaelic & are mixed-level, activities-based Language Enrichment Days (LED). GIDs are sequenced language module, and attendance at whole season is recommended (6-8 days total). Classes are on-site in Lake City neighborhood. Online classes not offered at this time.

Registration: Gaelic Days Registration or via our website

Location: 3841 NE 123rd St., Seattle, WA

Classes, Study Groups (Canada)

Province Class or Event
Ontario For Information on Gaelic classes in Toronto, please visit or email
Québec Conversation class in Montreal. Contact Linda Morrison 514–279–0434 for more information.

Private Long-Distance Instruction

Seumas WatsonEmail and phone tutorials by Seumas Watson, the Gaelic editor of Am Bràighe.175 MacIntyre Road
Queensville, Nova Scotia, Canada
B9A 1S6
Phone: 902-625-0060
Email: gaeltalk@ctp.auracom.comJohn Stewart Priest

John teaches private lessons and classes in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland or online via Skype, telephone, email, text chat or voice chat.

To contact John see

Instructor Offerring
Muriel Fisher Muriel Fisher. of the Tucson Gaelic Institute teaches via the internet. She uses teaching materials that she has developed herself. Lessons are done at the student’s own pace, using email for written assignments and Skype and iChat for lessons.
Beathag Mhoireasdan

“When I think of the richness of the Gaidhlig language and its music and culture, I feel so lucky. That is why I have always endeavoured to share it with other people. I do that through various media i.e. language tuition, singing or my particular favourite – drama – which, of course, is a development of the storytelling genre of old.”
23 Thornwood Drive, Glasgow G11 7TS
tel/fax 0141 576 0456

Caroline Root

Caroline has been teaching Gaelic for 7 years. She has a B.A.(Hon.) in Celtic Studies from St. Francis Xavier University and a teaching degree in Gaelic Medium Education from the University of Strathclyde. She also completed a course in Gaelic language and traditional music on Uist.

She offers on-line classes, private lessons and e-mail courses. See her website for more info:

“My goal for students is that they enjoy learning Gaelic and develop confidence in communicating in Gaelic.”

On-Line Study Groups

Session Description

On-Line Self-Study Sites

Site Description
Beag air Bheag For Absolute Beginners check out which means ‘little by little’, and that is just how the five sections of the site aim to introduce you to the language.

Long-Distance Courses

School Courses
Atlantic Gaelic Academy Atlantic Gaelic Academy offers online group classes at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts Beul an Tobair: Two distance courses for beginners and intermediate learners.
Sabhal Mor Ostaig An Cursa Inntrigidh: Distance courses for complete beginners.

Short Courses and Summer Courses

Venue Courses
Atlantic Gaelic Academy See Atlantic Gaelic Academy
Gaelic College of Celtic Arts & Crafts See Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in Cape Breton
Sabhal Mor Ostaig See Sabhal Mór Ostaig on Skye, in Scotland
Slighe nan Gàidheal Zero To Gaelic, Seattle WA
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd Street, Seattle WA 98125
9:30 am – 4 pm PDT
Three levels of progressive instruction plus Ceum Suas for ongoing advanced learners.
$50 + $2.24 Eventbrite fee for the day / $220 + $6.49 Eventbrite fee for Slighe nan Gàidheal member-only season pass for all 6 days.
Please register at least one day before course takes place.