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

“WIND n the wind”

There are many usages of wind which are peculiarly Scots. If you are ‘atween the win and the wa’ (between wind and wave), you are in a dilemma. ‘Fairies ween’ is … read more »

Scots Poetry

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flytin firedairts

she’s a haurd mither, sair scartit wi braes an glens oot-stravaigin ony craw’s feet. hur face glowers wi heuchs hur vyce teems a burn in spate ower broon-teeth … read more »

Scots Proverbs

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“We can shape oor bairns' claes but no thair weird ”

We can choose or shape our children's clothes, but not their fate

more proverbs »

Makar ben the hoose

Early Lesson

By Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston reads her poem Early Lesson. read more »

Scots New Testament

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“ 17 August 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 8

An wiv geen intae Richie’s studio again to pit the gither anither programme that celebrates athin tae dee wi the Scots Language. Episode 8 let’s ye hear fit’s … read more »

Latest News

Scots Language DVD Project

Tin Heid and the Twang Machine

Halo Digital Arts have just finished a 5 month project creating an animated DVD called ‘Tin … read more »

Room on the Broom in Scots

Room on the Broom

Children – and parents too – will be eager to read the newly published ‘Room on the … read more »

Some votes more equal than others

Batters Vote

In the past week or so people living in Scotland have begun to receive a booklet … 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»