58,700 in United Kingdom (2003 census). Population total all countries: 63,130.
Northern Scotland, north and central Ross and Cromarty County; islands of Hebrides and Skye; Glasgow. Also in Australia, Canada, United States.
The Gaelic of the Bible is based on Perthshire dialect of 1801, somewhat distant from today’s spoken dialects.
Resurgence of interest in Scottish Gaelic in 1990s. A number of children learn the language but there are serious problems in language maintenance even in the core areas (2007). Home, church, community.
Status rising since the establishment of Scots Parliament in 1990s.