all that

is great within the

Gaelic language and culture



to Gaelic life



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 Scottish Gaelic Awards now in their eighth year, will take place on Tuesday 15th December.

Returning to host the event will be Scottish Broadcaster and Producer, Cathy MacDonald.

Virtual Awards Ceremony
Tuesday 15th December 2020

Nominations are closed


  • Learner Award

    Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland


    The Gaelic Duolingo Team

    Young Scot

    Cluicheamaid (Robbie MacLeòid)

    Best Contribution Award

    Sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig


    Ciaran Iòsaph MacAonghais, Duolingo

    Hands Up for Trad

    Ciorstaidh NicFhionghain

    Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award


    Sponsored by MG ALBA

    Winner will be announced on the night

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

    Sponsored by Calmac Ferries Ltd


    Bruce MacDonald, Gaelic Visitor Experience Research Intern - Cairngorms National Park Authority

    Co-Roinn Ghàidhlig Mhuile agus Idhe

    Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

    Arts & Culture Award

    Sponsored by Creative Scotland


    Beò Festival

    Covid Choral Workshops

    The Education, Skills and Children's Services Department of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

    Innovation during lockdown

    Sponsored by Highlands & Island Enterprise


    Covid Choral Workshops

    FC Sonas

    Mary Ann Kennedy & Kenna Campbell (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe)

    Innovation in Education Award


    Comunn Luchd-Teagaisg Ard Sgoiltean (CLAS)

    North Ayrshire Council

    Hana and Rachel MacNeil, Clasrum Air an Oir

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award


    Sona Design

    Galson Estate Trust

    Lauren Ferguson

2019 Winners

  • Learner Award - Alison Richardson and Claire MacDonald

    Learner Award

    Alison Richardson and Claire MacDonald

    Arts & Culture Award - WHɎTE

    Arts & Culture Award


  • Event Award - Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust)

    Event Award

    Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust)

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award - Marisa MacDonald, An Oidhche mus do Sheol i, Le Sgoil an Rubha

    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

    Marisa MacDonald, The Night Before She Sailed with Sgoil an Rubha

  • Best Contribution Award - Acair

    Best Contribution Award


    International Award - Alba Choir at Eurovision

    International Award

    Alba Choir at Eurovision

  • Sport Award - Calum MacIlleathain

    Sport Award

    Calum MacIlleathain

    Innovation in Education Award - Dawn MacPhie

    Innovation in Education Award

    Dawn MacPhie

  • Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award - Lucy Hannah

    Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award

    Lucy Hannah

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award - Graficanna

    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award


  • Lifetime Achievement - Rona Lightfoot

    Lifetime Achievement

    Rona Lightfoot


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


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 Friday 23rd October. 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.


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