Scots-Gaelic, the language of the Scots also referred to as Gaidhlig or Gaelic, is a Celtic language. It has a common root with Irish Gaelic. In 2001, the UK census found 58,652 speakers of Gaelic in Scotland. In the past, there were other dialects of Gaelic, with one major split between Highland Gaelic and Lowland Gaelic. Today’s Scots-Gaelic grew out of the Highland-Gaelic dialect. Gaelic replaced Combric, Pictish and Old English after being introduced in Scotland around the 4th century, eventually evolving into the modern Scots-Gaelic language spoken today.
Internet Resources for Learning Scots-Gaelic
- Beag air Bheag: BBC’s Beginner’s Scots Gaelic
- Scottish Gaelic Learners’ Materials
- Gaelic-English Dictionary Online
- The Gaelic Society of America
Tapes and Software to Learn Scots-Gaelic
Books for Learning Scots-Gaelic