SNP to explore creation of recognised Gaelic-speaking area, 'Gaidhealtachd'


SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. ScottishPolitico (CC BY-SA 4.0).

The Scottish National Party has said that it will explore the creation of a recognised Gaelic-speaking territory in Scotland and will invest in Gaelic education to secure the future of the language.


The Gaidhealtachd is the area of Scotland where people speak Gaelic and usually denotes the Highlands and Islands.


An equivalent concept in Ireland exists in the form of Gaeltacht— an area where Irish is spoken as a community language by the local population.


The SNP says it wants to raise levels of language competence and to provide more services through the medium of Gaelic.


It is also looking to create new stand-alone Gaelic-medium primary and secondary schools across the country.


The 2011 census showed that 57,375 people in Scotland spoke Gaelic, with 87,000 people reporting some language ability.


Gaelic is recognised as an official minority language in the country.


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