What is Gaelic and its origins?
Dating back centuries, Gaelic is the founding language of Scotland that is thought to originate from Ireland. It spread its way across the country's western areas and became recognised as the main language of Scotland, particularly by the Highland clans.
In the late 18th century, the language was heavily suppressed during the infamous Highland Clearances which followed the turbulent Jacobite uprisings, but this melodic and exotic-sounding tongue, packed with throaty consonants, has survived to the 21st century.
Thanks to generations of storytelling, passionate Gaelic speakers and the burgeoning interest around it, including the notable poems of Sorely MacLean and the recent and phenomenally successful TV series Outlander, it's still spoken in parts of Scotland by some 60,000 people.