Gaelic in the Landscape

Did you know ‘Contin’ meant ‘the confluence of the waters’ in Gaelic? And ‘Strathpeffer’ is ‘the wide and shallow valley of the bright and shining river’? What of ‘Ben Wyvis’ (which is ‘mount terrifying’)? How about Tor Achilty? Knockfarrel? Achterneed? Praes Mairi? Loch Ussie?

Have you ever looked at a map and wondered what the names of our local landmarks mean?

Come along and find out on SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER where there’s a FREE ‘Gaelic in the Landscape’ workshop – led by renowned writer and broadcaster Roddy Maclean – where we’ll be looking at maps, finding out the meaning of the names of what’s around us, and hearing about some the folklore and stories of our local landscape.

There are two sessions:

  • 10:00 – 12:30
    • An indoor morning map-based workshop – in Strathpeffer Community centre (refreshments will be provided)
  • 13:30 – 15:30
    • An afternoon outdoor walk learning about landscape, folklore, history and wildlife – an easy walk around the island in Contin (meet in the church car park)

Come along to either the morning or the afternoon sessions, or both. Please bring some lunch and suitable clothing and footwear for the afternoon.

Everyone will also receive a series of ‘Gaelic in the Landscape’ publications!

This is the booking for the indoor morning session.

Please go to to also book onto the outdoor afternoon session.

Please contact if you have any queries or require further details

Thanks are due to Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Contin Community Council, and Strathpeffer Community Council for making both these events happen.


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