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About: IÙL Tours
IÙL is the first guide service to reflect Scotland through a Gaelic perspective. It offers a unique insight into the rich history and culture of Gaelic Scotland from the dawn of history to the present day.
This exciting new range of visitor tours is provided by Dr. Coinneach Maclean, a Gaelic-speaking native of the Hebridean island of South Uist and former deputy chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).
Few are better qualified to be your guide to Gaeldom. From an early age Coinneach – the nephew of Scotland’s finest 20th century Gaelic Bard, the late Sorley MacLean – was immersed in the songs and stories of Gaelic’s extraordinary oral tradition, the love of which he retains to this day.
His training as an archaeologist and subsequent career in deer farming, community business development and housing investment, has given him a deep understanding of the landscape, history and culture of Scotland particularly north of the Highland Line. His executive role with the NTS – the largest heritage and nature conservation charity in Scotland – allowed him to develop and expand his love of the nation’s wider culture.
Following a two-year programme of training to become a tourist guide specialising in Gaelic and Highland Scotland, Coinneach is able to provide visitors with a fresh, highly entertaining and brightly illuminating perspective of a country that was once Celtic and Gaelic.
Coinneach Maclean - Image copyright © 2010 Ilya Kusnetsov