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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

“BEN adv. prep. adj. towards the inner part or end (of a building) ”

You always know you are a welcome visitor when you are told to ‘come awa ben’. The interior was the favoured part of … read more »

Scots Poetry


Tellin the Beads o Mornin, Balquhidder, by Sheena Blackhall

Here’s a seasonal new poem from Sheena Blackhall’s handsome new volume The Space Between: New and Selected Poems, published this year by Aberdeen University … read more »

Scots Proverbs

Play rive kirk
“Daena rive the kirk tae theek the quier”

Don't rob Peter to pay Paul

more proverbs »

Makar ben the hoose

Blue Booties

By Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston reads her poem for November Blue Booties. read more »

Scots New Testament

Play 21Dec2014Advent4lorimer
“ Fourth Sunday of Advent”

The Scots Language Centre is marking the Advent season with a series of specially selected readings from the Scots translation of the New Testament. Beginning on 30 … 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 12

This time last year we wir jist startin to pit oot oor first iver Episode o Scots Language Radio. It’s hard tae believe that a hail year his geen past -and fit a year … read more »

Latest News

Alison's Jants in Ferlieland

Alison's Jants in Ferlieland

During the past couple of years the Scots Language Centre has followed, and assisted … read more »

Scots Language Ambassadors

Scots words

At a launch held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in late November this year, the … read more »

A Farsi and Scots Marvel

Rubáiyát o Omar Khayyám

February 2015 will see the return of the Edinburgh Iranian Festival which is staged every… 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»