How close is Irish Gaelic to Scottish Gaelic?

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Both Scottish Gaelic and Manx Gaelic had their origins in Irish Gaelic.
Irish Gaelic speakers settled in what is now Argyll at some point in the period 300-600 AD. As a Scottish Gaelic learner, I can read Irish quite easily but I believe the pronunciation is further removed from the Irish. I do not know about Manx. So in summary, the written language is really quite similar but I believe the spoken language is less mutually intelligible among speakers.
They are classed as separarate languages but some Ulster Irish dialects have some features resembling Scots Gaelic. Chan fhuil instead of the standard Irish Níl for example.
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