GREENOCK is going back to its Gaelic roots with a new film celebrating the history of the language in the town and its associated culture.

Gaelic speaker and tutor Isobel Kyle is helping to bring past connections back to life with some help from friends.

She is part of the Inverclyde Gaelic Learners Group, the driving force behind a rebirth of the language locally.

They have won a £25,000 grant which they are using to work with local schools on researching the stories of the Highlanders who arrived in Greenock in their thousands.

The material gathered will be used to make a movie chronicling the district's rich historic links with Gaelic.

It is hoped the film will coincide with the re-development of the Ocean Terminal, a key location in the influx of Highlanders who settled in Inverclyde.

Gaelic learner Isobel, who has immersed herself in the language and now tutors beginners, said: "The new Ocean Terminal will be in Princes Pier right where the Highlanders arrived by boat.

"It is a great place to start.

"When the cruise line passengers come here in the future we want to be able to show them the history and the culture.

"There are so many connections with Greenock and we have been busy researching all the stories."

Businesswoman Margaret first took up learning the language as a hobby.

She soon fell in love with it, visiting the Gaelic College in Skye and spending weeks immersed in her learning.

Margaret added: "I love the music, the songs and everything about the language and the stories they tell."

The Inverclyde Gaelic Learners Group, which offers classes for all abilities, meets in the South West Library on Friday mornings.

Hamish Macinnes, 86, and Christopher McNicol, 49, are among those learning Gaelic.

Together they all hope to share their passion with help from film-maker Niall Ptolomey of Software Training Scotland.

You can get involved with the adult learners group or share your stories by emailing