Goraidh - A Gaelic Language Tutor

Gaelic is not the enemy, impatience is.

About Goraidh


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.

If you want to see what I've been doing with Gaelic for the last 25+ years, click HERE.

Geoff bundled up to march in Seattle's St. Patrick's Day ParadeGeoffrey at the marker of the Scottish and English border.Geoffrey receiving the Alexander MacRae award for contribution to GaelicMarsco, one of the Cullin mountains on the Isle of Skye, and Geoffrey's favorite
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.