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

“WIN v overcome, gain”

Winning means different things to different people. The verb is found throughout the Germanic family of languages. Old English ‘gewinnan’ means to gain or conquer.… read more »

Scots Poetry

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Lichts by Maggie Rabatski

These green-gowd, rid-gowd autumn lichts cam sairsweet ower me, the years fa’ doun in tummlin leaves tae firsten times wi yi. I left ma books, ma scrievin hame, … read more »

Scots Proverbs

Play Daena threap doun ma thrapple
“Daena threap doun ma thrapple.”

Don't try and dictate to me.

more proverbs »

Makar ben the hoose

Kistit

By Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston reads her poem 'Kistit'. read more »

Scots New Testament

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“ 27 July 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

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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

HI-res-scots

Episode 7

Episode 7 is noo available for yir delight and entertainment. This edition features an exclusive interview with Morayshire actor, Kevin McKidd fa reveals the secrets of his inspiration.… read more »

Latest News

The Demon

Cutty Demon

Writer and translator Frances Robson has recently completed and published a Scots language… read more »

Actéon Meets Tam O Shanter

Acteon

A few years ago children in the North East of Scotland produced an opera in North East … read more »

Another Tintin in Scots

Tintin Pharaoh

Readers may remember that last year Susan Rennie translated the first ever Scots … read more »

Crack Aboot Politics

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Crackin aboot Politics

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

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Political Crack in Scots

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

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James Leatham`s Politics

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