Welcome to Carmina Gadelica

Carmina Gadelica is an independent bookshop and member of the Booksellers Association. Established in 1993. It is located within the picturesque village of Portree on the Isle of Skye. The shop, Carmina Gadelica, has an extensive range of contemporary books for adults and children including new releases in paperback and hardback, children’s picture books, young adult fiction, bargain books, non-fiction and Gaelic titles.

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To compliment the range of books, a selection of gifts are also available and we are a stockist of Colart, and Winsor & Newton art supplies. We also offer ranges of lower priced art materials.

Carmina Gadelica is a member of Bookshop.org and any orders placed through their website will generate a valuable commission to our shop, as long as Carmina Gadelica is selected under ‘choose a bookshop’ on their website.

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About our name

Alexander Carmichael
by William Skeoch Cumming

The name Carmina Gadelica comes from a book written by Alexander Carmichael which was published in six volumes: Alexander himself was responsible for the first two volumes, published in 1900 and re-edited by his daughter Ella in 1928. Further selections from Carmichael’s manuscripts were edited by his grandson James Carmichael Watson (1910–1942) and published as volumes III (1940) and IV (1941).

A fifth volume, mostly taken up with song texts, was edited by Professor Angus Matheson (1912–1962) in 1954. The series was rounded off in 1971 with a sixth volume containing a lengthy glossary and indices, edited by Angus Matheson with the assistance of his brother William (1910–1995). [1]  In 1992 Floris Press published a one-volume English-language edition with a valuable introduction by Dr John MacInnes.