In 1994 a group of Liosachs (natives of the Island of Lismore) formed Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr specifically to preserve the language and culture of Lismore. They gathered together documents and artefacts and set about sourcing funding for to build the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre as it stands today.
The centre includes an exhibition area, a library, an archive room, gift shop and a café. It also provides a genealogical service with world wide access.
After years of hard work, the museum and its collections achieved national accreditation in 2013.
An Iodhlann is Tiree's historical centre. It offers an overview of Tiree’s long history, presented as a lively display. It also acts as a local archive, with a collection of books, maps, letters, emigrant lists, newspaper cuttings, Gaelic stories and songs and more. An Iodhlann is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored.
The Islay Gaelic Centre | Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle
Islay's Gaelic and Heritage Centre in Bowmore opens its door for you to engage with Gaelic language and culture through a progressive year-round range of classes, courses and activities. Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle has much to offer with its heritage room and exhibition space for the benefit and enjoyment of all.
Cafaidh Blasta is based in the Centre, offering hot drinks, home-baking and a lunch menu concentrating on simple, fresh food.
The Royal National Mod
Organised by An Comunn Gàidhealach (The Highland Association) the Mod was founded in Oban in 1891 and is famous for celebrating Scotland's Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage.
Scotland’s premier Gaelic festival provides opportunities for people of all ages to perform across a range of competitive disciplines including Gaelic music and song, highland dancing, instrumental, drama, sport and literature.
The Royal National Mod returns to Oban in 2024 but there are smaller Provincial Mods held in Oban, Mull and Islay every year to provide many opportunities to take part in Gaelic language, music and cultural events.