Ensuring Gaelic language and culture are central to the work of national parks

Understanding the Gaelic landscape and increasing awareness of one of Scotland's indigenous languages can strengthen attraction to and sense of uniqueness of the Scottish landscape and its linguistic and cultural heritage. The two existing national parks. Lomond and the Trossachs and Cairngorm, were both created before the Gaelic Language Act (Scotland) 2005. Since, then both Parks have in place their own Gaelic language plans which set out how each organisation will strengthen the use, learning and promotion of Gaelic in the parks. By ensuring that any new national park places importance on Gaelic language and culture at the outset, the Park, its residents and visitors will benefit from a sense of place, an opportunity to use and learn Gaelic and to increase wellbeing through linking nature and language.

Why the contribution is important

All landscapes in Scotland have been shaped by people, and many of those people were Gaelic speakers who gave names to places and topographic features. This historical connection, and the living tradition, are an equally important part of understanding and protecting the environment and contributing to people's sense of wellbeing and enjoyment of the natural environment. The incorporation of indigenous language and culture in the framework for a new national park also contributes to Scottish Government's aims to increase the numbers of people speaking and learning Gaelic.

by ShonaBnG on June 04, 2022 at 06:14PM

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  • Posted by ganp1 June 05, 2022 at 19:45

    Glen Affric is an area with an active Gaelic tradition which is reflected in the culture and place names. Encouraging the development of the language strengthens an area's identity and sense of place.
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