With support from the Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund (GLAIF), Newbattle has been celebrating and promoting Gaelic language and culture for several years.

See below for more details about what we have been doing:

Rona Lawson is the Gaelic Co-ordinator at Newbattle Abbey College. Her role is to develop the College’s Gaelic language and cultural programmes. Rona has taught a lunchtime Gaelic class for staff and students for the past 2 years. She is working on setting up Gaelic classes at Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pairce and Tollcross Community Centre.
Newbattle Abbey College runs Gaelic classes for staff and students at the College and for adult learners in Edinburgh. These include beginners and post-beginners classes. Please get in touch if you would like to find out when the next set of classes is due to begin. Contact us by telephone- Rona Lawson on 0131 663 1921 (Wednesdays) or by email to register your interest. Read more information about our Gaelic courses:


The college has developed a National Certificate (NC) in Celtic Studies (SCQF Level 6) and SWAP – Access to HE in Celtic Studies in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Gaelic language and culture feature prominently in this course. It commenced in September 2014.
For the past few years, the college has run an annual Christmas at Newbattle event, and each year features Gaelic performers. This year, we were delighted to welcome children from James Gillespie’s High school who sang Gaelic solos and duets and played the clarsach.

The college is an active member of the following Gaelic networks:

– City of Edinburgh Council Gaelic Language Implementation Group
– National Gaelic Language Strategy Group


Newbattle took part in a Residential Gaelic Weekend in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal in March 2012 and May 2014. The programme helped to develop skills in Scottish and Irish Gaelic, traditional music and song, literature, storytelling, genealogy and history. This exchange established valuable partnerships with Comharchumann Forbatha and Gaoth Dobhair. This programme was funded by the Columcille Project.