Scotland's Languages Today
- Scottish English: the language of formal communication and administration
- Scots: a closely related language used or understood by the majority of the population
- Gaelic: the Celtic language traditionally associated with the Highlands and Islands. Gaelic is closely related to Irish. Over the centuries it has been pushed further and further to the north-west and the Western Isles, but is now enjoying a revival with more support from the public and from government, especially in education.
- Other languages: languages brought to Scotland more recently, such as Italian, Urdu, Cantonese and Polish. These have further increased Scotland's rich linguistic diversity.