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Our commitment to Gaelic

Our Gaelic Plan 2016-21 sets out our aims and ambitions for Gaelic over the next five years and how we intend to achieve them. 

The economic and social value of Gaelic as an asset

Gaelic was historically spoken as the primary language across all of HIE's area, with the exception of Orkney and Shetland, and Gaelic culture continues to be central to the identity of the region today. The HIE area contains a higher percentage of Gaelic speakers than either the rest of Scotland or Scotland as a whole.

Supporting Gaelic is at the heart of our remit for economic and social development in the Highlands and Islands. An important element of our Gaelic Plan is to build on how the language is being used to add economic and social value in a wide variety of circumstances as demonstrated in the HIE-led research report, Ar Stòras Gàidhlig. The resulting report quantified that the combined impact on turnover which was currently attributable to the use of Gaelic totalled £5.6m.

Our plan focuses on a commitment to capitalise on the significant opportunities arising from the language's potential contribution in helping to drive economic growth in the HIE area.

We have a significant legacy of support that has helped create and sustain the impact of numerous organisations which enable Gaelic to flourish - from partner agencies such as Comunn na Gàidhlig and An Comunn Gàidhealach, to the University of the Highlands and Islands, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Fèisean nan Gàidheal and others.

Our focus is now firmly on working with businesses, social enterprises and community organisations that can demonstrate adding economic and social value through using Gaelic as an asset. The renewed Gaelic Plan aims to further develop and enhance the role that Gaelic identity and culture plays in creating vibrant, resilient communities and sustainable economic growth.

Corporately, we value Gaelic and promotes its use within the organisation. By providing its services, information, resources and opportunities in the medium of Gaelic, we intend to serve Gaelic-speaking customers in their own language, if that's the individuals preference. 

HIE's Gaelic Plan 2017-2022

Find out more about our commitments to Gaelic development in our latest plan.

Download a copy of our Gaelic plan 2017-22 (in English)

Ar Stòras Gàidhlig - researching Gaelic as an economic asset

Read more about the findings of our Gaelic research and opportunities presented within the full report below.

Download the full Ar Stòras Gàidhlig report
Gaelic Happy

PLANA GÀIDHLIG HIE 2017-22

Faigh a-mach barrachd mu ar dleastanasan a thaobh na Gàidhlig anns a’ phlana againn.

HIE Plana Gàidhlig 2017-22

AR STÒRAS GÀIDHLIG – A’ RANNSACHADH GAIDHLIG MAR SO-MHAOIN EACONOMACH

Leugh barrachd mu fiosrachadh san rannsachadh Gàidhlig agus na cothroman san aithisg uile gu h-ìosal.

Luchdaich a-nuas an aithisg uile
Gaelic Sign