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Beagan Gaidhlig (clip 1)

Gaelic lessons on the Isle of Lewis

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This film which means 'Beginning Gaelic' provides Gaelic lessons from the Isle of Lewis. In this clip we see Dolina McLennan walking past houses in the village of Callanish, she stops and gives a short Gaelic lesson then investigates the stone circle of Callanish.

Questions & Activities


  • Where is Callanish?
  • What language is being spoken and what is Dolina saying?
  • Would you like to live in this part of the world? Why or why not?
  • Who put the standing stones there and how did they do it?
  • What do YOU think was the purpose of the standing stones?


RME / History: The standing stones at Callanish are in the shape of both a circle and a cross. The cross only became a symbol of Christianity during the Dark Ages and some people suggest it may have been borrowed from Celtic sources. Research the symbolism of the Celtic Cross and investigate why the stones may have been arranged in this way.

Music: Learn waulking songs that highlander and islanders sang as they worked and went about their daily business. Create your own waulking songs to suit different school tasks.

History: There are many standing stones in Scotland, research other examples and other theories of why they were created, and by who.

Art and Design / Enterprise: There are many beautiful Celtic motifs. Research the different patterns used and create your own modern Celtic design to be used on T-shirts. Sell these T-shirts as part of an Enterprise project.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-399-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of MG Alba
Project Ref T1573
Date 1971
Genre Documentary, Educational
School Subject Religious and Moral Education, History, Music, Art and Design, Gaelic
Subject Matter Enterprise, Language
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Callanish, Lewis
Event Home life
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 3:28
Film Length 19:50