Goraidh - A Gaelic Language Tutor

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Travel Courses

While doing research for my history courses, it dawned on me that there were historically significant sites with interesting stories that don't have multi-million dollar/pound/euro marketing budgets. We will not be talking about golf courses and distilleries. As someone from North America, teaching in North America, I thought I would focus on sites that can't be found closer to home.

These courses are generally offered at Seattle Central College's Continuing Education program, but as of 2020, we are providing instruction online via Zoom. This opens up the course to anyone. In addition, interested parties can organize a private online presentation.

The course materials are archived for my patreon subscribers.

Ireland: Beyond the Usual

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An Grianan of Aileach, Donegal, Ireland

Ireland has a long and fascinating history. Travelers to Ireland will want to explore historically significant locations and unusual sites relevant to the culture and history of the country. We’ll discuss some of these sites as well as some tips and advice for traveling throughout the country.

Knowledge areas covered
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the range of types of sites available to visit in Ireland
    • Neolithic sites (standing stones, passage tombs, rock art, etc.)
    • Bronze/Iron Age sites (crannogs, hillforts)
    • Irish Monastic era (monasteries, churches, museums, illuminated manuscripts)
  • Develop an appreciation of the history of those sites
    • A brief introduction to Irish Mythology
  • Exposure to possible difficulties while traveling in the country and how to deal with them
    • Tips & tricks for traveling to and around Ireland

Scotland: Beyond the Usual

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The Kelpies, The Helix, Falkirk, Scotland

Are you traveling to Scotland or interested in its many fascinating sites? In this class, we will explore lesser-known but historically significant locations which travelers may want to add to their travel itineraries. Also, we’ll discuss tips for traveling around the country.

Knowledge areas covered
  • Acquire a basic understanding of the range in types of sites available to visit in Scotland
    • Neolithic sites (standing stones, passage tombs, rock art, etc.)
    • Bronze/Iron age sites (brochs, crannogs)
    • Roman Scotland (Antonine Wall, forts)
    • Physical landscapes (Fairy Glen, the Quiraing)
  • Develop an appreciation of the history of those sites
    • Museums, castles, and religious sites
  • Exposure to possible difficulties while traveling in the country and how to deal with them
    • Tips & Tricks for traveling to and around Scotland
Land acknowledgement

I acknowledge that we live on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People, such as the
Duwamish, whose ancestors resided here since time immemorial and whose descendants are with us today, honoring and bringing to life their ancient heritage.