The voices

  • Heather (English language)audio sample of Heather
  • Stuart (English language)audio sample of Stuart
  • Ceitidh - Gaelic voice (Gaelic language)audio sample of Ceitidh

Use the voices with a text reader to:

  • Read electronic books;
  • Read PDF files (such as SQA exam papers);
  • Read documents in Microsoft Word;
  • Read web pages;
  • Create audio files using the voice;
  • Speech with an electronic communication aid.

Why do we need Scottish computer voices?

We believe there is a strong cultural and educational imperative for pupils, students and people with disabilities in Scotland to be able to:

Read and listen to Scottish educational and information resources spoken using Scottish synthetic voices.

The Scottish Government funds CALL Scotland to provide Scotland-wide schools licences for 'Heather', 'Stuart' and 'Ceitidh', the brand new Scottish Gaelic voice. All three voices were created by CereProc, a world leading speech synthesis company in Edinburgh. The voices are licenced for schools, colleges, universities and NHS patients.


What do I need to use them?

  • You need a computer, tablet or communication aid running Windows (XP to 10) or Mac OSX to use the free Scottish voices.
  • And a 'text-to-speech' program (text reader) for reading text.
  • Or Communication Software if you want to use the voices in your communication aid.

The voice will not work without software - find out where to get a text reader on the Text Reader page or on CALL Scotland 'text-to-speech' page.

If you have an Android, Chromebook or iPad device, find out about voices on the Text Reader page.


Are they free and where do I get them?

  • Do you have a valid Scottish school, public sector, College or University email address?
  • Or, do you require the voice for home use for a school pupil?

If the answer is yes or you meet the criteria in the list below then you can download the voices for free!

If you don't and still want to get the voices, you can purchase a copy from the CALL Scotland shop.

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The voices are licensed for non-commercial, non-profit personal,
educational and research purposes for

  1. State-run schools,
  2. Pupils at home,
  3. Scottish Colleges,
  4. Scottish Universities,
  5. Scottish Open University students,
  6. Scottish charities dealing with pupils and NHS patients,
  7. Scottish Local Authorities,
  8. NHS Scotland,
  9. Scottish government agencies and public sector in general.

The voices are not licensed for:

  1. Independent schools,
  2. Private companies,
  3. Scottish students studying abroad,
  4. and individuals not covered by the above.