Speaking Scots

Culture June 20, 2017

Speaking Scots | A Blate Cat…

  Not late, or belated, but blate, another guid Scots word – and a useful one at that!   It means shy, bashful, timid or unpromising and, when applied to crops, backward. […]

Culture June 5, 2017

Speaking Scots | Sneck The Door

SOME Scots words can have more than one meaning or may be applied to different things…   One such word is a ‘sneck’ usually given to a door-latch or small […]

Culture May 15, 2017

Speaking Scots | Sonsie

Lucky to some…   HOPE your first-fits at Hogmanay are all sonsie this year, that’s to say bring you good luck—nae reid heids or flat-fitters among them, which would be […]

Culture December 15, 2016

Speaking Scots | Fair Forfochan

Discover some of the more… descriptive Scots words for being completely exhausted!   It is possible, of course, to be tired out anywhere on this globe. All the same, one […]

Culture April 25, 2016

What’s In A Name? | Part 3

The third part in our series as we continue to explore the history and myths behind some of Scotland’s place names…   The Reach of the Campbells There are two Campbel(l)towns […]

Culture April 4, 2016

What’s In A Name? | Part 2

The second part in our series as we continue to explore the history and myths behind some of Scotland’s more unusual place names…   Viking Connections The name Dingwall comes […]

Culture March 7, 2016

What’s In A Name? | Part 1

Inspired by the Our Gaelic Landscape workshop at the Fort William Mountain Festival this year, this series explores the history behind some of Scotland’s more unusual place names The names in this […]

Community February 26, 2016

Scots Pronunciation Guide

We’ve teamed up with online reference site, Forvo, to bring you a new pronunciation guide available throughout our website Scotland is full of weird and wonderful place names that can […]

Outdoor Scotland November 17, 2015

Scottish Place Names Quiz

In Scotland the pronunciation of more than a fair few place names is not what you’d expect from the written form… Whether derived from Scots, Scandinavian, Pictish, Scottish Gaelic or Brythonic […]

Outdoor Scotland November 17, 2015

Scottish Place Names Quiz #1

Can you name a Scottish place by deciphering the pictures below? (…and can you spell it?) Give your answer in the comments! Correct answers revealed on Friday. Pic Credits: Shutterstock 汲平 […]

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