New Gaelic consultations are launched

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Two public bodies have both launched consultations to gather views and opinions on their Gaelic language plans which cover the next five years.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) draft plan sets out its commitments and achievements to elevate the status of the language and promote its use through a range of actions and initiatives, including bilingual signage at harbours and other properties; bilingual names for all ferries; Gaelic translation of communications material, such as website and social media; and a number of employees are currently learning Gaelic.

The other has been launched by Forestry and Land Scotland.

Chief executive Simon Hodgson said: ‘Gaelic is an important part of Scotland’s heritage, national identity and cultural life.

‘It is also an intrinsic part of our landscape with many of the forests and areas of land in our care bearing Gaelic names that describe their appearance, their geography or reflect their importance in Gaelic culture.

‘Even the names of the letters in the Gaelic alphabet are based on the names of many of Scotland’s native trees.

‘I would invite anyone who has an interest in Scotland’s national forests and land and in the Gaelic language, to take part and contribute to the final version of the plan.’

The CMAL draft plan and the survey can be found at and those with an interest in promoting the language have until January 5, 2022 to respond. The FLS draft plan can be found at and participants have until January 7 to respond.