Goraidh - A Gaelic Language Tutor

Learn the language of the Garden of Eden

Begin your Scottish Gaelic journey!

Fàilte! Welcome!

Is mise Goraidh Mac’IlleDhuinn, agus ’s e tìdsear Gàidhlig a th’ annam. My name is Geoffrey Sammons and I am a Gaelic tutor. If you are interested in the Gaelic language, you’ve come to the right place!

I live in the Seattle, WA, USA, area and teach Gaelic for the local Gaelic Society Slighe nan Gaidheal, as well as at Bellevue College Continuing Education and as private lessons at my home or online via Skype.

So if you are interested in starting your Gaelic journey, please click the ‘contact me’ link below.


I was raised in Bellingham, WA, and after completing a B.A. in Geography from Western Washington University, I spent 14 years in Tucson, Arizona. I began studying Gaelic in 1993 when I took Muriel Fisher's Gaelic class at Pima Community College. Muriel is a native speaker from the Isle of Skye. I saw the listing for her Continuing Education class in the local community college bulletin, and as I have much Scottish and Irish ancestry, I thought it would be an interesting and fun class to take.

Following the Pima class, I took private lessons with Muriel, and eventually seven semesters of Gaelic at the University of Arizona's, Critical Languages Program. In addition, I took seven weeks of short courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic medium college on the Isle of Skye. I completed An Cùrsa Inntrigidh, and An Cùrsa Adhartais, also from Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. I have been to Scotland many times – sometimes for the language and others for tours.

Geoff in the Seattle St. Patrick's Day Parade163 Returning to ScotlandGeoff receives the MacRae Award in 2013199 Cullins, Isle of Skye
From upper left to lower right: Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Driving into Scotland; Receiving the Alexander MacRae Memorial Award for contribution to Gaelic Culture from Slighe nan Gaidheal; My favorite Cullin - Marsco, Isle of Skye, Scotland.