True Highlands Blog
According to George Bernard Shaw, whisky is liquid sunshine. It’s pretty difficult to argue with such an eloquent sentiment. However, the sunshine (in both meanings of the word) can be a little bothersome the next morning if you’ve indulged in a few too many glasses the evening before.
One of the things that make a place or a people distinctive is their language and it may come as a surprise to visitors to the Highlands that despite the dominance of English there is a Highland identity that has ties to a language that is much older. Gaelic has similarities with Manx and Irish and was once widespread over the Highlands and Lowlands, its influence still evident in place names and mountain ranges. Today however its use is mainly confined to the North West and the Hebrides with the last census showing nearly 60,000 speakers.