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Urras an Eilein | Skye Gaelic Trust

Trust History

Urras an Eilein was established in 1973 by the late Sir Iain Noble,  the late Donald MacMillan of Portree and Donald John MacLennan of Broadford, with the aim of promoting Gaelic language activities and projects on Skye focusing on Skye’s education, heritage, history and culture.

Although originally just £1000, over the years, the Trust’s value has increased to over £ 250,000 giving us an income of around £8000 a year.

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The Trustees are extremely grateful for all their support and assistance, and aim to strengthen the Trust to a level where they can clearly and meaningfully develop issues relating to education, culture and education. on Skye.


Projects to Date

In recent years the Trust has supported a number of projects and events such as ceilidhs, drama, a film about Sorley MacLean, the Skye Provincial Mod, Glasgow Skye Association, a large ceilidh in Dunvegan to honour Kenna Campbell and so on.

In the field of education, Gaelic playgroups, Gaelic medium primary schools, Portree High School and the Glasgow Gaelic school have all received a number of grants for innovative projects, prizes, libraries and other Gaelic education issues.

In memory of the heroes of the First World War the Trust has organized a series of visits to France and Belgium, with Gaelic services held in the cemeteries where many Highland soldiers are stationed.

The Urras, in conjunction with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, sponsor the annual Sir Iain Noble Memorial Lecture.