Land's End to John O'Groats Cycletouring Trip Part 2

Day 13 to 23 - The Skye Festival

The Skye Festival is held at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Sleit on the Isle of Skye. This is the only Gaelic college in Scotland. The original buildings were a steading almost 200 years ago, but in 1973 the college was first opened and from 1997 to 1999 the newer extension, Arainn Chaluim Chille (the Saint Columba Campus) was opened on a headland next to the original site.

The programme for this years festival was as follows:


Tuesday 9th
'Daimh' and Fred Morisson in concert

Wednesday 10th
Fiddle and step dance 'ceilidh': Buddy McMaster and friends

Thursday 11th
Family Ceilidh Dance
'Kesha' World Jazz

Friday 12th
'Pipedown' in concert
The Fire Ball with Croft No.5 and Tepooka fireshow

Saturday 13th
'Beolach' Cape Breton concert
Dance: 'The Peatbog Fairies'

Sunday 14th
'Cala' chamber concert
Film: 'The Shipping News'


Monday 15th
Stories and songs of the sea 'Ceol na mara'

Tuesday 16th
'Lunasa' in Concert

Wednesday 17th
'Translations' Irish Theatre
'Four Scots and an Irishman' concert

Thursday 18th
'Across the water' performance, stories and songs

Friday 19th
Children's theatre
'North Cregg' Irish band in concert
Ceilidh dance with Sandy Brechin


Tuesday 23rd
Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe

Photograph of 'Sabhal Mor Ostaig', the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye
Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleit, Isle of Skye

Photograph of Buddy McMaster, a Cape Breton fiddle player, and his fiddle
Buddy McMaster from Cape Breton

Photograph of 'Croft No. 5', a local band from the Isle of Skye
Croft No. 5, Isle of Skye

Photograph of Nico Major, a local breakdancer
Nico Major, Isle of Skye

Photograph of 'Te Pooka', a guest fire breathing group, during one of their acts
Te Pooka

Photograph of a large carriage being drawn by two shire horses
Horses and carriage

Photograph of some children ready to throw their paper planes from a balcony
Ready to fly paper planes

Photograph of Duncan preparing a film projector for use

Photograph of the 'Peatbog Fairies', a well known local group
The Peatbog Fairies

Photograph of Ian McDonald and Cathal McConnel, both playing flutes
Ian McDonald and Cathal McConnel

Photograph of Duncan operating the lighting controls during a performance at the festival

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