Lusan na Gàidhealtachd ~ Highland Plants
August 17-20th 2018 Cromarty
A residential weekend of Gaelic and herbs
with Outlander Herbalist Claire MacKay and Outlander Gaelic Consultant Àdhamh Ó Broin
£325 (includes accommodation, meals, workshops, materials and evening entertainment)
Claire MacKay is a medical herbalist and writer with a passion for ethnobotany of the Highlands. After working as herbal consultant on the Outlander TV Series, she went on to contribute to Diana Gabaldon's Outlandish Companion (vol.2) and is now writing The Outlander Herbal.
During this 3 day residential weekend, Claire will take you back in time to recreate herbal remedies that have been used in the Highlands through the centuries. You'll also learn to identify native Scottish herbs in the wild and will create your own herbarium pages and book of herbs.
With the help of Àdhamh, you'll learn the importance of Gàilidh in the Highland tradition of herb use and an introduction to the native language of the Highlands and Outlander's own Jamie Fraser!
Àdhamh Ó Broin has been award-winning Gaelic consultant to the Outlander TV Series since 2013 and is founder of Droitseach, a project which seeks to revitalise interest in Scotland’s dialects. His unrelenting passion for preserving the native language of Scotland has won him international acclaim. In addition to his consultancy work, he is also a songwriter and musician, and enjoys to host traditional ceilidh gatherings in Gaelic and encourages all to participate.
Claire & Àdhamh first met while working on Outlander in 2014 and share a passion for preserving the roots of our Scottish Heritage. Herbal Heritage Scotland is thrilled to have Àdhamh join us for this weekend of Gaelic & herbs, and participants can look forward to an unforgettable evening of entertainment with him on the Saturday evening.
Cromarty is a thriving little coastal town on the Black Isle, only a stones throw north of Inverness. It is a picturesque old fishing town, home to a community with creativity at its heart.
We have chosen the beautiful Old Brewery as a venue, and you can expect to have your camera at the ready to snap some beautiful scenery, and perhaps even the famed bottlenose dolphins of the Cromarty firth.
Given the proximity to Inverness, you might wish to plan a trip to Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre around your trip, or even visit Castle Leod at Strathpeffer, or take a local Outlander tour and visit sites mentioned in the series.