Gaelic has experienced a resurgence in the last decade and is once more becoming celebrated in the arts, music, media and education.
Gaelic songs have long been sung in the islands both as part of ceilidhs and were traditionally sung to help with everyday tasks such as setting the rhythm for “waulking” or shrinking the Harris tweed fabric before it could be sent to the mill for finishing. Music is such an important part of island life that many of the islands host annual music festivals which feature Scottish bands and artists many of whom celebrate the tradition of Gaelic in music.
Gaelic lessons are offered in many Scottish schools which is introducing the language to a new generation and is ensuring that the language will continue to be spoken in years to come. There are also Gaelic language courses available online from companies such as Duolingo.