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2001 Census

2001 Census

Gaelic Report

In the 2001 Census, people were asked four questions about the Gaelic language - whether they could:

  • understand spoken Gaelic;
  • speak Gaelic;
  • read Gaelic; and
  • write Gaelic.

This report contains a full analysis of the answers to the questions about Gaelic in the 2001 Census.  Comparisons are also made with results from the 1991 Census.  In many of the tables and charts for this report, Scotland has been divided into six 'Gaelic areas':

  • Eilean Siar (the Western Isles);
  • Skye & Lochalsh;
  • the Rest of Highland (excluding Skye and Lochalsh);
  • Argyll & Bute;
  • the Other Main Gaelic Areas (the islands of North Ayrshire, the north of Perth & Kinross and the north of Stirling council areas); and 
  • rest of Scotland.
Release Date           
10 October 2005



Primary Media
Printed Publication available from Customer Services - Statistics using our Contact us page
A downloadable version of the report is available in the sections below
PDF (1.3 Mb)
Tables 1 to 32
Excel (2.0 Mb)   PDF (215 Kb)
Charts 1 to 5
PDF (61 Kb)
Maps 2 & 3 and Appendix
PDF (1.7 Mb)
This page is also available in Gaelic.

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