List of Scottish council areas by number of Scottish Gaelic speakers

This is a list of council areas of Scotland ordered by the number of Scottish Gaelic speakers.

Rank Council area Speakers Population Percentage(%)
1 Na h-Eileanan Siar 15,811 26,502 59.7
2 Highland 12,673 208,914 6.1
3 City of Glasgow 5,739 577,869 1.0
4 Argyll and Bute 4,145 91,306 4.5
5 City of Edinburgh 3,120 448,624 0.7
6 Perth and Kinross 1,434 134,949 1.1
7 City of Aberdeen 1,412 212,125 0.7
8 Fife 1,106 349,429 0.3
9 South Lanarkshire 1,079 302,216 0.4
10 North Lanarkshire 1,021 321,067 0.3
11 Renfrewshire 988 172,867 0.6
12 Stirling 939 86,212 1.1
13 East Dunbartonshire 895 108,243 0.8
14 Aberdeenshire 871 226,871 0.4
15 City of Dundee 645 145,663 0.4
16 East Renfrewshire 590 89,311 0.7
17 West Lothian 571 158,714 0.4
18 North Ayrshire 557 135,817 0.4
19 Falkirk 529 145,191 0.4
20 Angus 485 108,400 0.4
21 Moray 459 86,940 0.5
22 Dumfries and Galloway 448 147,765 0.3
23 West Dunbartonshire 437 93,378 0.5
24 South Ayrshire 417 112,097 0.4
25 Inverclyde 409 84,203 0.5
26 Scottish Borders 376 106,764 0.4
27 East Ayrshire 368 120,235 0.3
28 East Lothian 341 90,088 0.4
29 Clackmannanshire 301 48,077 0.6
30 Midlothian 244 80,941 0.3
31 Shetland 97 21,988 0.4
32 Orkney 92 19,245 0.5

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