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Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle is the first Scottish Gaelic feature film. It is a film from the Scottish Gaelic community starring local Gaelic-speaking actors from the Highlands and Isles and was filmed entirely on the Isle of Skye.

Seachd is not a Hollywood film. The film was shot across just 25 days on a tiny budget, but it is a film with a big heart and represented the lives of people living in a part of the world that had yet to be shown on the big screen. The soundtrack to Seachd features some of Gaeldom’s greatest living vocalists and musicians – and ancient Gaelic instruments such as the Carnyx (Celtic battle horn), the metal strung Clàrsach (Gaelic harp) and the triplepipes (the predecessor of the bagpipes). 

In the autumn of 2007 as the film prepared for its UK Premiere in the Highlands, controversy arose as BAFTA refused to put forward the film as a candidate for Best Foreign Language Film Category at the 2008 Academy Awards. The ensuing controversy led to widespread coverage in the international press, criticism of BAFTA by the American Academy and producer Christopher Young resigning his membership of BAFTA.

The story? When a young man, Angus, visits his dying Grandfather in hospital he cannot hold back his boyhood quest for the truth – the truth behind the death of his parents and the truth behind his Grandfather’s ancient, incredible, fearful stories. Stories from the whole swathe of Gaelic history of poisoned lovers, bloody revenge, water-horses and Spanish gold. His Grandfather hijacks Angus’ life for one last time leading him to one of Scotland’s most treacherous mountains, The Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye, and an ancient truth he never expected to find.

If you haven’t seen it, the DVD was just released a few months ago and can be purchased from Amazon, Play and HMV.


“Gorgeously-realised blend of magic realism and family drama” THE HERALD
“Dramatic, funny, spectacular and steeped in Gaelic mythology” THE LIST 
“Glows with warmth and humanity” THE OBSERVER    
“Visually breathtaking” BBC