Gaelic & Gaidhlig

Why Gaelic is important and worth studying …

1) ’S e cànan brèagha a th’ ann / It is a beautiful language.

When you hear a fluent speaker, his or her words roll just like the rolling landscape around us.

2) Tha Gàidhlig a’ dèanamh ceangal ri dualchas agus cultar na h-Alba / Gaelic connects with Scottish heritage and culture.

By expressing yourself in Gaelic, you’re expressing Scotland’s culture and history. You’re using the oldest national language of Scotland. Speaking it gives you a connection with what has gone before. Gaelic is still spoken by a significant minority of our local communities – a little less than 20%. Just look at a map of the local area to see an example of our Gaelic heritage.

3) Tha cultar Gàidhlig an latha an-diugh beothail / Modern Gaelic culture is vibrant.

Gaelic is far more valuable now in terms of employment than ever before. The language is bustling with activity, including a dedicated television station,BBC Alba. Gaelic’s musical culture is rich and very much alive. Many jobs (especially in the Highlands) are either advertised as Gaelic-essential or Gaelic preferred.

4) Tha thu a’ toirt taic do chànan a tha, gu ìre, ann an cunnart / You’re doing your part to help a language that is, to an extent, endangered

Gaelic is actually in a far healthier situation than the vast majority of the world’s languages. Despite this, the population of Gaelic speakers is relatively small. You’re certainly part of a select group of speakers and learners.

Our former Gaelic pupils have gone on to use their Gaelic in many enriching ways. You can read more about their stories here.


Learn more about…

Gàidhlig: Fileantaich / Fluent Speakers

Gaelic / Learners