The Scots language is a mark of the identity of the Scottish people. As such we should preserve it, even if there were no other reason, because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology
— J. Derrick McClure

Scottish Sayings


There are two seasons in Scotland: Winter and July.


Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in.


Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland?

— walter scott

They speak of my drinking, but they never think of my thirst.

— old scots proverb

Don’t marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper.

— old scots proverb

There are very few sights in the world so impressive as a Scotsman on the make.

— j m barrie

We look to Scotland for all of our ideas on civilisation

— voltaire

Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time deid.

— scottish saying

This (Edinburgh) is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.


Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.

- Ian Rankin

Whit’s fur yi will no go by yi

(What will be will be)

- Scottish Saying

Haud yer wheesht

(Be quiet)

- Scottish Saying

Lang may yer lum reek

(Prosper - may your chimney blow smoke)

-Scottish Saying

Pure dead brilliant

(Very good; fantastic)

-Scottish Saying

That wid gie yi the boke

(That would make you sick)

-Scottish Saying

Yer a chancer!

(You are pushing your luck)

-Scottish Saying

Yer lookin a bit peely wally

(You look pale or ill)

-Scottish Saying

That’s gee-in me the boak

(That makes me feel sick)

-Scottish Saying

We’re all Jock Tamson’s bairns

(We’re all the same really)

-Scottish Saying

Gonny no dae that

(Please don’t do that)

-Scottish Saying

Scottish Words & Definitions

Lassie: girl

Braw: Good, good-looking, handsome

Scunnered: to be irritated and/or bored with something. “I’m scunnered wae that!”

Och aye the noo: oh yes, just now. (This phrase is never really used by Scottish people, but it is often used by non-Scottish people attempting to recreate a Scottish accent for reasons best known to themselves)

Dreich: dull and depressing weather; usually grey and overcast

Ken: know. “Do you ken what I mean?”

Reekin: Either smelly or drunk.

Drookit: wet

Glaikit: Stupid or gullable

Swally: Swallow; to have a drink of an alcoholic beverage. “Come in and have a swally!”

Sleekit: Sly

Slàinte mhath: Cheers - here’s to your health. This is a traditional Gaelic toast and is pronounced slan-ge-var.