About Me

Geoffrey Sammons
Goraidh Mac’illeDhuinn

Learner, explorer, teacher

I have been an avid learner since childhood. My grandparents had traveled around the world several times and they always had fascinating stories to tell as well as mementos of their travels. Travel has always been of interest to me. While I haven’t actually traveled around the world like my grandparents, I have been to five continents on various trips. I majored in Geography and minored in Cartography and Geology.

In 1993 I started learning Scottish Gaelic with Muriel Fisher, a native of the Isle of Skye. Unbeknownst to us until decades later, my MacKinnon ancestors had likely come from the same part of Skye as she. Ultimately I earned a certificate at high level in Scottish Gaelic from Sabhal Mór Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. I have taught the language for almost 30 years.

I live in the Cascadia region of North America with my husband.

What I do

  • I work in an art museum
  • I teach people Scottish Gaelic language, some history about the speakers of the language, and travel to Scotland and Ireland.
  • I continue exploring and researching these topics