Gaelic lan­guage plan launched for Loch Lomond

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

VIEWS are be­ing sought on a plan set­ting out how the Gaelic lan­guage will be pro­moted and de­vel­oped within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park over the next five years.

This will be the na­tional park’s sec­ond five-year Gaelic Lan­guage Plan and it out­lines how the na­tional park au­thor­ity will use Gaelic in its op­er­a­tions and pro­mote the use of Gaelic to vis­i­tors and ed­u­ca­tion groups.

Gor­don Wat­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park, said: 'For hun­dreds of years, up un­til the 19th cen­tury, Gaelic was the dom­i­nant lan­guage within the na­tional park area. Most place names in the park are in Gaelic, mak­ing the lan­guage in­te­gral to un­der­stand­ing and in­ter­pret­ing our unique land­scape.

'The plan aims to keep that im­por­tant Gaelic his­tory and cul­ture alive through de­vel­op­ing en­gage­ment and ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as con­tin­u­ing to grow the range of Gaelic re­sources we have.’

Peo­ple or or­gan­i­sa­tions with an in­ter­est are in­vited to give their feed­back on the draft plan dur­ing the 12-week con­sul­ta­tion which runs un­til April 5, 2017.

You can read and give feed­back on the draft plan on­line through the na­tional park’s web­site: www.lochlomond- trossachs.org/GaelicCon­sul­ta­tion or by writ­ing to: Gaelic Lan­guage Plan, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Team, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity, Car­rochan, Car­rochan Road, Bal­loch, G83 8EG. Hard copies of the plan are also avail­able to read in the na­tional park head­quar­ters in Bal­loch and vis­i­tor cen­tres, as well as pub­lic li­braries through­out the na­tional park.

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