Apart from Gaelic which is spoken by around 70,000 people (mainly in the Western Isles and Skye) who all speak a lovely lilting English as well, Scotland is an English-speaking country. Some, in fact, most dialects may pose a problem for visitors but again, locals will switch to a softer, more easily discerned version of their regional vernacular when speaking to a visitor.
Road signs in the Western Isles are displayed in Gaelic but most good maps or instructions from the Tourist Information Office will avoid any problems. Buy a copy of the bilingual Western Isles Leisure Map from any of the outlets on the islands.
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