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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 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

Award Categories

  • Learner Award

    Sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

    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.


    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 2019/20 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.


    Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award


    For the outstanding young Gael (Under 25) who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of the Gaelic language in 2019/20.


    Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

    Sponsored by Calmac Ferries Ltd

    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 2019/20.


    Arts & Culture Award

    Sponsored by Creative Scotland

    For the most outstanding contribution to Gaelic culture in 2019/20. The award can cover, literature, poetry, music, visual art, drama, film or television in Scotland and/or abroad.


    Innovation during lockdown

    Sponsored by Highlands & Island Enterprise

    For the individual, group or organisation who showed the most innovation and creativity using the Gaelic language during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


    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.


    Gaelic as an Economic Asset Award

    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.


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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