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 a burgeoning interest around the language, it is still spoken in parts of Scotland by some 60,000 people. From the notable poems of Sorely MacLean in the 20th century, to the phenomenally successful TV series Outlander, Gaelic has certainly enjoyed the limelight in recent years.