Explore Scots Language

What is Scots?

Scots is spoken in the Northern Isles and lowland Scotland.

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  • Valerie

    writing for children

  • Sheila

    working in the bank

  • Nancy

    how Caithness people speak

  • Colin

    talks about what Doric means

  • Gavin

    the story of a farmer

  • Richard

    his father's job

  • Yvonne

    waiting for a delivery

  • Chris

    talks about the Yellowhammer

  • Alasdair

    the word 'souter'

  • Wullie

    the word 'jink'

Welcome to the Scots Language Centre

Scots is spoken throughout Scotland from Shetland to Galloway and Aberdeen to Glasgow.

Use this site to find out more about the history of Scots and to meet the people that speak it today. 

Explore, Scots song, poetry, read our blogs and find out more about the origins of Scots.

Recently on the SLC

Scots word of the week

“FIR n a coniferous tree”

As the nights closed in, in former days, fir wood from stumps dug out of peat-mosses had a particular value for lighting, so much so that it was sometimes referred … read more »

Scots Poetry


An Auld Mans Fantice by Sam Gilliland

Nice to hear from Sam Gilliland who lives partly in Dunragit near Stranraer, and partly in Portugal. Sam has long been an active enthusiast in Scots language poetry.… read more »

Scots Proverbs

Play brunt
“Brunt bairns dreids the fire ”

Experience is a great teacher.

more proverbs »

Makar ben the hoose

Far Babies Come Frae

By Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston reads her poem Far Babies Come Frae. read more »

Scots New Testament

Play 26October2014Lorimer
“ 26 October 2014”

In the recordings of the Scots New Testament, Tom Fleming brings the well known stories of the gospels to life in a distinct Scots voice. Throughout the year the … read more »

Scots Blogs

Annual column for Shetland Life

By Michael Hance

It's January - that means it's time for my annual column in Shetland Life. It was great to be ‘hame’ in Shetland in May. … read more »

Scots Online


Shetland ForWirds

A website promoting and celebrating Shetland dialect as a valued and essential element of Shetland's heritage and culture. Visit site »

Scots Blogs

Cleanin Wifies

By Margaret Tong

Margaret's glesses is chipped an her flairs are nae deen but at least her lavvy rolls haes been folded in tae pynts. Margaret talks aboot cleaning wifies. read more »

Watch & Listen

Scots on Youtube

Scots on Flickr

Scots Language Radio


Episode 11

Wi’ve been gaan oor dinger - an prood tae bring ye anither packed programme oot noo in Episode 11 - wi a sorts an soons o the Scots language. We hear hoo bairns … read more »

Latest News

Violet Jacob Course Places

Violet Jacob (Angus Cooncil Museums)

Fans of the work of Violet Jacob will be interested to know that a few last places are … read more »

Favourite Scots Words

Favourite Scots Words

If you are new to the Scots language and would like to learn more about it, but are not … read more »

Liet Song Competition

Liet kenmark

Liet International Song Competition is inviting Scottish-born or based singers and bands … read more »

Crack Aboot Politics


Crackin aboot Politics

Ever since John Barbour put quill to parchment in … read more»

Pairlament Chaumer

Political Crack in Scots

It is self evident that from the Middle Ages until… read more»


James Leatham`s Politics

Aberdeen-born James Leatham was a journalist and … read more»