Every July, droves of eager students descend on Ceòlas Uibhist in Dalabrog in South Uist to experience life in the strongest Gaelic-speaking community in Scotland.

The journey has become an annual pilgrimage for many, taking classes in song, piping, dance and enjoying an evening programme of cèilidhs, concerts and walks.

On average, about 20% of Ceòlas summer school participants come from without the UK.

It is no surprise then that Ceòlas Uibhist has been named a finalist in the International Category for ‘Duaisean Gàidhlig na h-Alba’, the Scottish Gaelic Awards. The Awards Ceremony will take place in St Andrew’s in the Square in Glasgow on the 18th of November.  Amongst those also nominated for that category is Àdhamh Ó Broin of Outlander renown.

Mary Schmöller, Development and Office Manager of Ceòlas Uibhist, commented that: "It is a privilege to be nominated for a second time in this category, especially as we are in the process of negotiating to extend the work carried out under EOST two years ago."

Ceòlas was a finalist in the International Category in 2013, and took the Economic Asset Award in 2014.