The National Gaelic Language Plan

The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (the Act), passed by the Scottish Parliament, seeks to secure the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language.


National Gaelic Language Plan 2023-2028

The National Gaelic Language Plan 2023-28 (“the Plan”) sets out where action is needed to strengthen the Gaelic language in Scotland. It underpins the Scottish Government ambition to see an increase in the number of people speaking learning, using and supporting Gaelic in Scotland.

The Act requires Bòrd na Gàidhlig to prepare and submit a National Gaelic Language Plan with proposals relating to the use and promotion of Gaelic, with a focus on the needs and priorities of the Gaelic language for its speakers, learners, and supporters. The Act requires Bòrd na Gàidhlig to prepare a National Gaelic Language Plan, however the responsibility for making progress with the aims and targets in this Plan sits with a number of authorities, organisations, and communities.

Many commitments will be implemented by public authorities by means of their own Gaelic Language Plans, while some will be taken forward by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and others by families, communities, and by the private sector. The Plan will only be as successful as the commitment, collaboration, investment, and action achieved by them all.

This is the fourth National Gaelic Language Plan since the Act was passed. Each consecutive Plan builds on previous progress and is tailored to the current circumstances. In preparing this Plan, a wide range of conversations and consultations have already taken place and a formal public consultation process has been followed in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

The main aim of the Plan is to see an increase in the use and learning of Gaelic.


National Gaelic Language Plan 2023-2028

National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023


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