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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

“FOU adj full”

This comes from Old English ‘full’ and some people still spell the Scots word as fu’, with an apologetic apostrophe representing the lost sound. The Dictionary of the … read more »

Scots Poetry


The Braithe O A Deer by Des Dillon

Fankled shankies in the vanashin rid licht o a Range Rover. I dusht the brakes an hazards greetin Whit’ll we dae? as I jamp oot scooping her aff the road, that … read more »

Scots Proverbs

Play blate
“A blate cat maks a gallus moose”

People always take advantage of lax standards

more proverbs »

Makar ben the hoose

Turkey Red

By Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston reads her poem for September, Turkey Red. read more »

Scots New Testament

Play 28September2014Lorimer
“ 28 September 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 9

Episode 9 is ready. We hiv news o the new Scots Language co-ordinators in schools and oor special guest, internationally renowned piper, teacher and writer, Dr Gary … read more »

Latest News

The Vote and the Scots Language


As the campaigners in the Scottish Referendum rise to a final frenzied crescendo this … read more »

New version of SLD goes online

Scots byleids

Scottish Language Dictionaries (SLD) have just launched a new version of the Dictionary of… read more »

Electoral Commission Update

Batters Vote

The Scots Language Centre would like to thank the Electoral Commission for responding to our … 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»