What is special about this course?

Lews Castle College in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Bòrd na Gàidhlig offers the opportunity to learn Gaelic using the ÙLPAN method of learning. This exciting development, based on the system used in Wales, offers a method of learning which is designed to bring learners to fluency. With ÙLPAN, speaking comes first with reading and writing following later. 

Dè tha sònraichte mun chùrsa seo?

Tha Colaiste a’ Chaisteil ann an com-pàirteachas le Comhairle nan Eilean Siar agus Bòrd na Gàidhlig a’ tabhann an cothrom Gàidhlig ionnsachadh a’ cleachdadh an siostam ÙLPAN.  ‘S e dòigh luath agus èifeachdach a th’ ann.  Rinneadh i freagarrach don Chuimris còrr is ceathrad bliadhna air ais agus a-nis tha na mìltean fileanta air thaobh Ùlpan.  Bidh Ùlpan a’ cuimseachadh air còmhradh gu sònraichte ach ga dhaingneachadh le sgilean lèirsinn.  Thig comas tro ath-aithris agus tro bhruidhinn ‘s thuigsinn.

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements

How will I study my course?

  • Short course

This series of classes will cover two units per week with each unit taking 1.5hrs.  All students will have the opportunity to work towards SQA accreditation.

How long will my course last?


Short course - 12 weeks, approx 3 hrs per week.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Barra Campus)
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Benbecula Campus)

Start date

Please contact Admissions at UHI Outer Hebrides for more information on start dates.


£90 (concs. £60 for GME parents)


Students are encouraged to apply for an ILA Scotland where they can get up to £200 towards learning something new.  For an application pack and to find out more call free on 0808 100 1090 or go online at  www.ilascotland.org.uk 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Gaelic Development
SQA Accreditation

Is there more information available online?

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01851 770 000

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.