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It is a big success story and what enthrals me most is not so much the astonishing musical performances, the instances of individual excellence, or even the sight of so many children happy to take a couple of tunes out of an instrument with no other agenda than the fun of it all. What really gets me is the irrepressible light that is so evident in the children’s eyes. They have reclaimed something that is priceless. They are Na Gàidheal Ùra, the New Highlanders; happy to wear that badge of identity, confident to carry their fiddles to a Red Hot Chilli Pipers gig. They have no cultural schizophrenia; they are eager to belong, eager to share. That cultural change is no mean feat, it is a huge achievement.
Calum MacDonald, Runrig
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Fèis Rois nan Deugairean

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Tòrr fhìdhleanBeginners are very welcome at all of our events, and those who already play an instrument or sing will also find the experience very rewarding. We aim to cater for all abilities, right up to accomplished musicians and singers. You don’t need to be able to read music and you don’t need to have any previous knowledge of traditional music to enjoy a Fèis. Workshops are taught by ear with participants learning tunes and songs a phrase at a time. Tutors will give you the sheet music to take home. There is an emphasis on groupwork at the Senior Fèis and all participants have the opportunity to play as part of an ensemble.

Fèis Rois events are fun and friendly. We want to help you improve your playing, grow in confidence and learn more about the Gaelic language and culture.

All of our tutors are experienced, professional musicians, skilled in working with young people. We also have a pool of supervisors and volunteers who help our events run smoothly. Children are supervised at all times and we work in accordance with Child Protection and Health & Safety Guidelines. Our contracted staff and volunteers have all completed Disclosure Scotland applications. If you would like to see copies of our policies or know more about volunteering please contact us.

Ball-coise aig an FhèisThe Fèis Rois Autumn Residential is one of the major highlights of the S1-S6 calendar.  Participants from all over Ross and Cromarty and beyond sign up to this week long opportunity to learn, play and have fun with Scottish traditional music.


The music tuition is based in Ullapool High school and the residential accommodation is based at various hotels and B+B’s in Ullapool.

Our experienced tutors and supervisors work closely together to ensure the young people have a valuable learning and sociable experience.


9.30am – 10.00amWarm up
10.00am – 11.00amMorning workshop
11.00am – 11.30amBreak
11.30am – 12.30pmMorning workshop continues
12.30pm – 1.30pmLunch
1.30pm – 2.30pmAfternoon workshop
2.30pm – 2.45pmBreak
2.45pm – 3.45pmAfternoon workshop continues.

Participants choose two workshops – one for the mornings and another for the afternoons.

Morning Workshops

We focus on individual instrument workshops in the mornings, and offer classes in accordion, fiddle, Gaelic song, guitar, harp, piano, pipes and tin whistle. There is also the opportunity to choose sound engineering where you have the chance to learn about studio and live sound. Although many of the classes are aimed at those who have been playing for a while, beginners are welcome to join in with the song and sound engineering classes

Afternoon Workshops

The afternoon focuses on ensemble playing and the classes on offer include:

  • two group work / ensemble classes for advanced musicians;
  • a group work / ensemble class for improvers and intermediate players;
  • song writing (in Scots, Gaelic or English). This is open to anyone who would like to give it a go!
  • sound engineering. Open to anyone from beginners through to those with some experience of sound engineering.

We also provide lots of different lunch time activities!


Fèis Rois nan Deugairean Includes

  • 5 days of professional music tuition
  • An opportunity to perform
  • Lunch for all participants (residential and non-residential)
  • A packed programme of lunchtime and evening activities
  • All other meals and four nights accommodation for those opting to take up a residential place
  • 24-hour supervision and care from our experienced team of staff


Fèis Rois is fortunate to secure public funding to support our events. (Real Costs are shown below in italics).

  • £325.00 (£466) - Residential

  • £275.00 (£466) - Second and subsequent siblings

  • £185 (£292) - Non-Residential

    Residential bookings are now closed. If you wish to make a non-residential booking please contact the office on 01349 862600 before Thursday 5 October.

    Financial assistance may be available to families on low incomes and in exceptional circumstances payment in instalments may be considered. Please contact Alison at the Fèis to discuss in confidence how we could assist you.

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    'S e companaidh earranta a tha ann am Fèis Rois, clàraichte ann an Alba SC123137,. Tha e aithnichte le Oifis nan Cìsean mar Bhuidhinn Charthannais Albannaich, àireamh SC017647. Leasachadh eadar-lìn - Paul Murray | Dealbhachadh - Lucy Kendra | Photographs - Derek Prescott | Fiolmaichean – Chris Smith
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