Gaelic Language Plan

Closed 9 Sep 2021

Opened 15 Jul 2021

Feedback updated 7 Nov 2022

We asked

The Scottish Government asked for your views on the draft third edition of our Gaelic Language Plan.

You said

While the overall aims of the Plan were welcomed, there was a desire for some aims to be clarified and have better defined deadlines. 

We did

The plan was amended in several places with our commitments towards Gaelic refined where needed and all aims tied to specific deadlines. 

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Scottish Government recognises that Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity and current cultural life.

The Scottish Government has taken action and has put in place the necessary structures and initiatives to ensure that Gaelic has a sustainable future in a modern, growing and progressive Scotland. However, we are aware the position of Gaelic remains fragile.

For Gaelic to have a sustainable future, there needs to be a concerted effort on the part of Government, the public sector, the private sector, community bodies and individual speakers to:

  • promote the acquisition of speaking, reading and writing skills in Gaelic
  • enable the use of Gaelic in a range of social, formal and work settings
  • expand the respect for, and visibility, audibility and recognition of Gaelic
  • develop the quality, consistency and richness of Gaelic

The development of Gaelic Language Plans by public bodies is a key component of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. Gaelic Language Plans help to formalise and communicate to an organisation’s staff what its policy is in relation to Gaelic matters, and makes clear to users and learners of Gaelic what services they can expect to access through the Gaelic language.

This is the Scottish Government’s third iteration of its Gaelic Language Plan, prepared within the framework of the 2005 Act. It sets out how we will use Gaelic in carrying out our business, how we will enable the use of Gaelic when people interact with the government, and how we will promote the development of Gaelic. The Scottish Government’s role is an important one in supporting Bòrd na Gàidhlig and other organisations in achieving the aims of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23.

Like Bòrd na Gàidhlig, working with other organisations is key to our delivery of support for the Gaelic language and we wish to encourage all organisations to do what they can in this area. Small changes to how we all work can make a difference.

Why your views matter

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the Gaelic language and we want to ensure that our commitments will help meet the needs of Gaelic speakers who may wish to contact us.

Read the consultation paper. 

Read the consultation paper in Gaelic

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.


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