Scottish Gaelic

Scottish Gaelic is a member of the Goidelic branch of the Celtic languages. This branch also includes the Irish and Manx languages. It is different from the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages, which includes Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. Scottish Gaelic is spoken by about 60,000 people in Scotland, mainly in the Highlands and in the Western Isles, but also in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. Other speakers can be found in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Scottish Gaelic was brought to Scotland around the 4th century AD by the Scots from Ireland.

Map of Scottish Gaelic language speakers.
Map of Scottish Gaelic language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 58,500

Main Countries: Scotland, Canada, United States, Australia

Alternate names: Gàidhlig, Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, Albannach Gaidhlig, Erse

ISO 639-3 Code: gla

Language Sample

Tha gach uile dhuine air a bhreth saor agus co-ionnan ann an urram 's ann an còirichean. Tha iad air am breth le reusan is le cogais agus mar sin bu chòir dhaibh a bhith beò nam measg fhein ann an spiorad bràthaireil.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Some proverbs in Scottish Gaelic:

Is fhearr fheuchainn na bhith san duil
It's better to try than to hope

Is fhearr an t-olc a chluinntinn na fhaicinn
Better to hear the evil than see it

Is fhurasda caisteal gun seisdeadh a ghleidheach
It's easy to keep a castle that's not besieged

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Scottish Gaelic:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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