Award Categories

Judging for all award categories will be carried out by an independent expert judging panel following the closing date - 27th September at midnight.

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.


Arts & Culture Award

Sponsored by Creative Scotland

For the most outstanding contribution to Gaelic culture in 2016/17. The award can cover, literature, poetry, music, visual art, theatre, best production, film or television.


Event Award

For the event which best promotes and or supports the Gaelic language within Scotland. This can be a one-off, or regular event that has taken place in 2016/17.


Community, Heritage & Tourism Award

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 2016/17.


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 2016/2017 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.


International Award

Sponsored by MG ALBA

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


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 education.


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 2016/17.


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.