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The Scottish Gaelic Awards reward all aspects of the Gaelic language and culture across the length and breadth of the country.

The Daily Record, alongside headline sponsor Bòrd na Gàidhlig are proud to host the most prestigious night of the year within the Gaelic community calendar. Celebrating Gaelic culture, education and language highlighting the excellent work undertaken to maintain growth and heritage.

The awards are now in their seventh year and attended by over 200 guests including finalists, event sponsors and members of the Gaelic community. The event itself will be a celebration embracing traditional and modern entertainment.

The Scottish Gaelic Awards will take place on Tuesday 19th November at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel and returning to host the event will be Scottish Broadcaster and Producer, Cathy MacDonald.

Tuesday 19th November, 2019
6.15pm - 10.30pm
Glasgow Marriott Hotel


2019 Finalists

  • Learner Award

    To celebrate an outstanding contribution towards the learning of the Gaelic language. This award is open to individuals, groups and organisations who inspire the learning of Gaelic by devising new methods of teaching/learning or who create innovative learning resources for any age.


    Croileagan Grianach & Parant is Paiste
    An t-Oll. Stiùbhart MacLeòid agus Marcas Mac an Tuairneir
    Alison Richardson agus Claire MacDonald

    Best Contribution Award

    Sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig

    For the individual, group or organisation that has contributed significantly towards the growth or development of the Gaelic language in 2018/19 either locally, nationally or internationally. As well as recognising those who have been promoting Gaelic for years, this award is also open to those who may have broken new ground.


    Winner will be announced on the night

    Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award

    Sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland

    For the outstanding young Gael (Under 25) who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the Gaelic language in 2018/19.


    Winner will be announced on the night

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

    Sponsored by Highlands & Islands Enterprise

    For the group, organisation, community or school that has done most to utilise Gaelic within its community, in highlighting its heritage, or by promoting tourism in 2018/19.


    Druim nan Linntean
    Marisa Macdonald & Sgoil an Rubha
    Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath

    Arts & Culture Award

    Sponsored by Creative Scotland

    For the most outstanding contribution to Gaelic culture in 2018/19. The award can cover, literature, poetry, music, visual art, drama, film or television.


    Whyte (Alasdair Whyte and Ross Whyte)
    Proiseact Dileab
    Scots Opera Project

    International Award

    Sponsored by MG Alba

    For the individual, event, group or organisation that best promotes Gaelic outside Scotland.


    Alba Choir at Eurovision
    Catrìona Black
    Canna Folklore Archives

    Sport Award

    For the practitioners, organisers or commentators for the best use of Gaelic in a sporting event or activity in 2018/19.


    Winner will be announced on the night

    Event Award

    For a one-off or regular event, large or small, which best promotes and or supports the Gaelic language within Scotland in 2018/19.


    The Gathering Festival
    Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn

    Innovation in Education Award

    For teachers, support staff, pupils/students, Local Authority or education group which creates innovative ideas to support the strong delivery of Gaelic education (both for GME and GLE). This award looks for nominations at any level from pre-school to further and higher education.


    Alison Gael NicRath
    Dawn MacPhie
    East Ayrshire Leisure

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award

    Sponsored by Thorntons Investments

    To recognise success made by a business, social enterprise or community group in realising the proven economic value of Gaelic towards Scotland's economy. This can be marked through turnover, attributable and measurable, associated with using of Gaelic as an asset to add economic value.

    The award recognises a wide range of initiatives from the creative industries, food and drink, tourism and commercial provision.


    Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath

2018 Winners

  • Learner Award - Ceitidh Campbell

    Learner Award

    Ceitidh Campbell

    Arts & Culture Award - Ceòl 's Craic

    Arts & Culture Award

    Ceòl 's Craic

  • Event Award - Ceangal Choluim Chille - St Columba Symposium

    Event Award

    Ceangal Choluim Chille - St Columba Symposium

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award - Comann Eachdraidh na h-Oige Uibhist

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

    Comann Eachdraidh na h-Oige Uibhist

  • Best Contribution Award - Boyd Robertson & John Norman MacLeod

    Best Contribution Award

    Boyd Robertson & John Norman MacLeod

    International Award - Micheal Newton

    International Award

    Micheal Newton

  • Sport Award - Iomain Cholmcille

    Sport Award

    Iomain Cholmcille

    Innovation in Education Award - Eòghan Stiùbhart

    Innovation in Education Award

    Eòghan Stiùbhart

  • Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award - Ava MacKinnon

    Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award

    Ava MacKinnon

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award - Angus Campbell

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award

    Angus Campbell

  • Lifetime Achievement - Runrig

    Lifetime Achievement



Cathy Macdonald

Cathy Macdonald is a freelance bilingual broadcaster and producer from the Isle of Lewis.

She currently presents a live daily features lunchtime programme, for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, in her native Gaelic language, and is one of the regular presenters on the Religion and Ethics programme, Sunday Morning With, on BBC Radio Scotland. Her most recent television credits include live programmes for The Royal National Mod, to be held this year in Glasgow, as well as BBC Alba’s hugely popular live New Year show, Ceilidh na Bliadhn’ Ùire.

She fronts documentary and features programmes for the Gaelic Channel BBC Alba, through a number of independent programme makers, as well as regular contributions to BBC Radio Scotland features programmes.

"I am delighted to be part of an event that celebrates cultural and linguistic pride, both at home and abroad, and that covers such a diverse demographic. The awards are a public acknowledgment of those who so often work under the radar, to ensure the viability of the language, by encouraging and promoting it’s use, both socially and professionally. We salute them all and look forward to sharing the evening with them in November."

Cathy Macdonald

On The Night

  • Dress Code / Lounge Suit
  • 6.15pm / Champagne reception
  • 6.50pm / Guests seated
  • 7.05pm / Introductions
  • 7.15pm / Dinner is served
  • 9.00pm / Awards ceremony – part 1
  • 9.35pm / Entertainment
  • 9.50pm / Awards ceremony – part 2
  • 10.30pm / Event concludes


Can I nominate someone for more than one award category?

A person can be nominated for in as many category awards as they feel appropriate as long as each entry satisfies the specific award criteria in that category. The event organisers reserve the right to reassign nominations to a category they believe is most suited to the nomination.

What happens if a person receives multiple nominations?

The judges’ decision will be based on the content of the nomination and what the person or team has done. Multiple nominations do not carry any more weight and will not contribute to the judging outcome.

Will I be contacted for more information?

We may need to contact you and the person you are nominating to seek further information in order to progress your entry. Please provide accurate email addresses and mobile telephone numbers for this purpose and respond as quickly as you can if contacted.

When will I hear if my nomination has been successful?

Nominations close on Wednesday 25th September. We will make contact with all of the people nominated who have been successful in making it through the judging process. At that point, we will be seeking their agreement that, should they be successful in getting through to the finalist stage, they give their permission for their name to be published in the newspaper.


Booking Tickets

You can purchase individual tickets or tables of 10 for this event. Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and as demand is continually increasing each year, it is advisable to return your booking form as soon as possible.

Included in the ticket price:
• Pre-dinner drinks reception
• Official dinner programme
• 3 course meal
• Allocation of half bottle of wine per person
• Entertainment

Table of 10: £700.00 plus VAT
Single tickets: £75.00 plus VAT


Single tickets will be seated at the discretion of Reach Scotland Events (single ticket holders from the same organisation will be seated at the same table). For those organisations that book more than one table, Reach Scotland Events will try to ensure that their tables will be situated together.

Payment Options

Credit & debit cards/Invoicing
We accept all major credit and debit cards and if you are a registered company we can invoice you directly for all payments over £400.
Please contact Aileen Turnbull, on 07825 899 187 or email

NB - Tickets will not be dispatched until full payment for an invoice has been received.

Please make cheques payable to Reach Scotland and send to:
Aileen Turnbull
Scottish Gaelic Award
Reach Scotland Events
1 Central Quay
G3 8DA