Get ready for Grandfather Mountain Gaelic Song and Language Week 2016!


When? July 3rd through July 8th, 2016

Where? Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC.

What? From Sunday to Friday the sounds of Gaelic, the first language of the Scots, will resound in the mountains of North Carolina. Songs, stories, jokes, and fun galore!

Who? You! Absolute beginners to fluent speakers are welcome. Our experienced teachers come from Scotland and from New Scotland (Alba Nuadh, also known as Nova Scotia, Canada).

Why? Sing with us and learn some of the most beautiful songs in the world. Learn Gaelic with us, improve your language skills, or have conversations with other fluent speakers. We offer a great learning experience for all language levels. Enjoy the company of fellow Gaels and join our cèilidhs. Share a song, a poem, a joke, a story – or just listen and enjoy! Someone will help you if you don’t understand something. Come and join our very welcoming community!

Our 2016 teachers will be announced very soon!

Registration for this amazing week will open this Winter.

“Ar Guthan” broadcast on Cuillin FM.

Beginning Saturday January 9, 2016, Cuillin FM on Skye began broadcasting the Guth nan Gàidheal program, “Ar Guthan le Cam NicRath”, our “gateway” Gaelic music show (presented by Cam in English).

The show will run for 12 weeks and will include programs from Series 1 and the new Series 2.

The show runs on Saturdays at 8pm GMT (3PM EST, 12pm PST) and there’s a streaming feed from their website homepage.

The editor is Michael Mackay and the program is engineered and produced by Steaphanaidh Carlyle.

An Naidheachd Againne, Winter 2015 Issue Is Available

The Winter 2015 issue of our newsletter, An Naidheachd Againne has been released.

An Naidheachd Againne, Winter 2015
An Naidheachd Againne, Winter 2015

Members should have received it, but they can also obtain it online, by logging in to the ACGA Forum (, and checking the Members Room.

Non-members can obtain issues through Winter 2014 in the Public Room of the forum, which requires no login, though you’re welcome to create an account and join our discussions whether you’re a member or not.

Information about joining ACGA can be found at

Mòd 2015 – Mòr, math, misneachail!


Our 2015 Mòd is now over, and, as our title says, it was big, good, and encouraging!  We had as many competitors over the course of two days as we’ve ever had (Mòr),  the competitions were at an excellent level of skill (Math), and our adjudicator, Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, left all of us with advice, encouragement, and a renewed dedication to the language and song of Scottish Gaelic (Misneachail)!

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The Mòd is coming!

Mòd 2015 Logo
The 28th annual Mòd is just around the corner – September 26, at the Ligonier Highland Games, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A great time to listen to native Gaelic speakers, fluent learners, and adventurous newcomers tackling Gaelic songs, stories and poems in competition and at cèilidhs. A great time to soak up as much Gaelic as you can in a friendly, relaxed environment. A great time to be part of a Gaelic community – without the cost of a roundtrip airfare to Scotland!

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