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The University's oldest society, promoting Scottish Culture through Scottish Country Dance and Scottish Gaelic Language Classes.

The Celtic and Ceilidh Society, St Andrews' oldest and friendliest society, embraces all things Scottish! We specialise in Scottish Gaelic Language classes and most of all Ceilidh and Scottish Country Dance classes!

Our Scottish Country Dance classes cater to all levels, whether you simply want to survive a ceilidh, or show off on stage with our demonstration team. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
Our dance classes are at 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Sundays in Boys Brigade Hall. They're led by members of the society with years of dancing experience, trained by fully qualified RSCDS teachers. Even if you've got two left feet, they'll have you enjoying this brilliantly Scottish social dance form in no time at all!
Your first class is completely free with no obligation to sign up until your second. Don't worry if it's a bit into the semester, it's your first class that's free, no matter when you take it!
SAFETY NOTICE: Please wear sensible shoes. No heels!

Our Scottish Gaelic Language classes which started up again in January 2020 cater to beginners. Since then they've grown to include a more advanced class for students with a bit more Gaelic, as well as open workshops on a variety of topics related to the language and its relationship with Scotland. Our lovely teacher, Andrew, leads the class every Monday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Students Union Meeting Room. Not sure if learning Gaelic is for you? Well come along and give it a go! Your first class with us is free no matter when in the year you join us! Check out our Facebook page or email us ([email protected]) for more information!

Outside of class we hold frequent socials with Movie Nights featuring different Scottish movies - yes there is more than just Braveheart! After classes we frequently go to the pub or to Jannetta's for ice cream! Join us for a real Scottish experience which combines the traditional with kilt-fulls of fun!

Year membership (£20): access to dance and gaelic classes for the academic year
Semester membership (£12): access to dance and gaelic classes for the current semester

Membership can be purchased on the Union website, or in person at any of our classes and events.


  • Celtic - Year Membership£20.00
  • Celtic - Semester 2 Membership£12.00

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