If you are looking for the best quotes about Scotland, you are in the right place. One of the most beautiful countries in Europe, Scotland is one of the enchanting destinations for many – thanks to the Highlanders, the rugged, dramatic landscapes, whiskey, hills, landmarks, road trips, and more. In this list, you will find the best Scotland quotes ever.

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Below are the best quotes about Scotland as they describe Scotland beautifully – whether it is the places, people, culture, or nostalgia. Enjoy these famous Scottish quotes.

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s soggy or it’s sunny, there are so many lovely roads and awesome rugged countryside in Scotland – that’s what makes it.’ – Edd China

‘I live out in the country in Scotland and know that if I close my eyes, I can recognize every sound.’ – Rory McCann

‘There is magic in Scotland. It’s a country with a lot of pride and bravery.’ -Gayle Rankin

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‘Wherever I wander, wherever I rove; the hills of the highland forever I love.’ – Robert Burns

‘It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whiskey is delicious. But don’t eat the macaroni pies.’ – J.K. Rowling

‘There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical – it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another.’ – Julia London

‘There is no sunlight in the poetry of exile. There is only mist, wind, rain, the cry of the curlew, and the slow clouds above damp moorland. That is the real Scotland; that is the Scotland whose memory rings the withers uncivilized from-home; and, in some way that is mysterious, that is Swieldingthat even a stranger learns to love.’ – H. V. Morton

‘Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.’ – Winston Churchill

‘The Scottish sun, shocked by having its usual cloudy underpinnings stripped away, shone feverishly, embarrassed by its nakedness.’ ― Stuart Haddon

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‘It’s still part of me, Scotland. I’m still immersed in it even though I am not there.’ – Irvine Welsh

‘Fantasy, myth, legend, truth – all are intertwined in the story that is Scotland.’ ― Laurence Overmire

‘My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in the Highlands a chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.’ ― Robert Burns


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‘There’s no place on earth with more of the old superstitions and magic mixed into its daily life than the Scottish Highlands.’ ― Diana Gabaldon

‘Scotland is the best place in the whole world.’ – Gail Porter

‘Without the shepherd’s dog, the whole of the open mountainous land in Scotland would not be worth a sixpence.’ – James Hogg

‘The place is magical – it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another.’ – Julia London

‘Put some whiskey in my coffee because it’s Scotland somewhere!’

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‘Staring into a Scottish landscape, I have often asked myself why – in spite of all appearances – bracken, rocks, man and sea are at some level one.’ – Neal Ascherson

‘I’m rediscovering Scotland; I’m falling in love with it again.’ – Sam Heughan

‘I love Scotland, mainly for its landscape. I like walking, and it’s a great place to go hiking.’ – Toby Stephens

‘Where’s the whiskey?!’

‘The mud is cold when you’re in the north of Scotland!’ – Tahar Rahim

‘I have taken the high road. I have taken the low road. I have been to Scotland by morning.’

‘Autumn in the Highlands would be brief—a glorious riot of color blazing red across the moors and gleaming every shade of gold in the forests of sheltered glens. Those achingly beautiful images would be painted again and again across the hills and in the shivering waters of the mountain tarns until the harsh winds of winter sent the last quaking leaf to its death on the frozen ground.’ ― Elizabeth Stuart


Scottish are fun-loving people, and they wouldn’t mind a good laugh, even if it is about themselves, which is what makes them more special!

This list here is a good collection of funny quotes about Scotland, including hilarious funny Scottish sayings and quotes, funny Glasgow quotes, and captions.

‘I am attached to the west coast of Scotland – it’s gorgeous to look at and challenging. You have to contend with the possibility of being blown away or rained on. And in the summer months, you can be eaten alive by midges.’ – Clive Anderson

‘Looking forward to Scottish summers, the rain gets warmer.’

‘We Slovenians are even better misers than you Scottish. Do you know how Scotland began? One of us Slovenians was spending too much money, so we put him on a boat and he landed in Scotland.’ ― Slavoj Žižek

‘If Scotland and America go to war, I’m afraid I’ve already sworn in.’ -Craig Ferguson

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‘Scotland’s a pretty place. I mean, as long as it ain’t raining.’ – Boo Weekley

‘Location is everything, I’d rather camp in the Lake District or Scotland than sit in a five-star hotel in Frankfurt.’ – Rory Bremner

‘I just read an 800-page history of the Scottish Enlightenment and, honestly, I may as well just start it again now, because I cannot remember a single thing. I can barely remember where Scotland is.’ – Hugh Laurie

‘Two negatives make a positive but only in Scotland do two positives make a negative.’ – Frankie Boyle

‘In Scotland, as beautiful as it is, it was always raining. Even when it was caressing, it was about to rain or had just rained. It’s a very angry sky.’ – Colin Hay

‘People are pretty normal in Scotland, I’ve had a few crazy fan experiences elsewhere.’ – Nina Nesbitt

‘My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.’ – Igor Stravinsky

‘There are two seasons in Scotland: June and recognized.’ – Billy Connolly

‘The Glasgow invention of squared-toed shoes was to enable the Glasgow man to get closer to the bar.’ -Jack House

‘Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite, and furthermore always carry a small snake.’ – W. C. Fields

‘Scotland is a picturesque country where the people are friendly yet completely incomprehensible. Also, the national delicacy is a sheep’s stomach filled with its liver, lungs, and heart.’ – Adam Schlesinger

‘Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes.’ – Sam Heughan

‘I am constantly disappointing people up in Scotland by not being Scottish!’ – Jonny Lee Miller

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‘Scotch whisky is made from barley and the morning dew on angel’s nipples.’ – Warren Ellis

‘What most people don’t understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route. That’s why they’re always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there’s possibly some connection between aliens and golf.’ – Alice Cooper

‘In a lot of farther-flung places in Scotland people are guarded at first, but as soon as they get to know you they really hate you.’ – Frankie Boyle

‘I’ll be spanked by all the men of Scotland before all me mates are wiped out and no one pays for it.’ ― Kevin Hearne

‘God help England if she had no Scots to think for her.’ – George Bernard Shaw

‘Don’t mess with Scottish people. They are temperamental. Half temper, half mental.’

‘Weather hers is in this part of the world is just as moody, just as subjective and disloyal, as people.’ ― Jackie Kay

‘Carrying a shotgun makes you less amusing.’ ― Barry Graham

‘As the plane lands in Glasgow airport, passengers are reminded to set their watch back, 25 years.’ – Frankie Boyle

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‘Scottish people drink spasmodically and intensely, for the sake of a momentary but complete release, whereas the English like to bathe and paddle about bucolically in a mild puddle of beer.’ – Edwin Muir 

‘Another lesson to file away about Scotland: insulting other people in a childish manner was the national pastime.’ ― Molly Ringle

‘Hey, single malt Scotch, you’re thirty years old. When are you going to settle down and get married to my stomach?’ – Stephen Colbert

‘Scotland is the Canada of England!’ ― Rainn Wilson

‘Any self-respecting Scot knows that a good tartan is a solution to everything: it tells you where you are, where you belong, who your friends and family are. Forget the Vikings: those guys just can”t hold a candle to a delicious battle-weary warrior whose fighting skills and wicked sex appeal have spawned a thousand Scottish heartthrobs.’ ― Trisha Telep

‘Kilt, n. – a costume was sometimes worn by Scotsmen in America and Americans in Scotland.’ – Ambrose Bierce

‘Welcome to Glasgow – the city where we punch people who are on fire.’ – Frankie Boyle

‘I attempted to fish in Scotland and I managed to hook a dog. It was a horrible moment but the dog turned out to be fine.’ – Emily Blunt


Scotland is one of the dream travel destinations for many of us, which is no surprise – giving all the splendid things the country offers for its visitors. How about virtually traveling there through some beautiful quotes about Scotland travel?

Below Scotland quotations also include Edinburgh quotes and Glasgow quotes, two most-visited destinations in the country. Find the love for the music of the Scots through some Scottish music quotes too.

‘”It feels like Scotland.” “Have you ever been?” “Mmmm. Twice. Have you?” “No.” “You should. It’s your roots. You’ll be surprised how much they tug at you when you breathe the air in the Highlands or look out at a lowland loch.’ ― Nora Roberts

‘I’ve always loved Scotland, and I’m not a huge fan of big cities, to be honest. I like them to dip into for a bit, but I’m not sure I would want to live in one again.’ – Iain Banks

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‘There’s a real emphasis on being witty in Scotland, even in crime novels.’ – Denise Mina

‘I was only in Scotland for four months or something, but I look back at that, and it was a big learning curve for me in that short spell. I went there with an open mind to show everyone in Scotland what I was about. Looking back, I am very glad about the decision I made.’ – James Maddison

‘Glasgow is maybe the most bullshit-free place on earth. I think I call it “the antidote to the rest of the world. It’s so unapologetically working-class and attitude-free. Everyone’s looking “to take the piss out of you,” as they put it. They’re all comedians, and tough. They don’t put on airs.’ ― Anthony Bourdain

‘I remember every stone, every tree, the scent of heather. Even when the thunder growled in the distance, and the windswept up the valley in fitful gusts, oh, it was beautiful home sweet home.’ ― Beatrix Potter

‘The writing talent of Edinburgh is textured – we have poets, novelists, non-fiction writers, dramatists and more.’ ― Sara Sheridan

‘There’s just no place like Scotland when the sun is out. I just love coming home.’ – Ashley Jensen

‘Even in rugged Scotland, nature is scarcely wilder than a mountain sheep, certainly a good way short of the ferity of the moose and caribou.’ – John Burroughs

‘I discovered myself by traveling. Azerbaijan taught me how to love humanity. Scotland taught me how to fight for humanity.’ ― Fuad Alakbarov

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‘Scotland is so gorgeous that every time I’m there, I start to dream of living there. I want to buy one of those whitewashed cottages with thatch roofs and gaze out at the sea and read my books. I want to be away from the Internet and the news and lawnmowers at 7 A.M. on Sunday mornings.’ – Julia London

‘I look upon Switzerland as an inferior sort of Scotland.’ – Sydney Smith

‘I went to this beautiful place where the ground moved underneath me and the air was a part of me, and where time stopped. It was amazing and wonderful. But God sent me back, back to my body, back to you. – Lindsey Water.’ ― Cyndi Tefft

‘I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts.’ – Peter Hambleton

‘Imaginatively Glasgow exists as a music hall song and a few bad novels.’ – Alasdair Gray

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

‘I do miss Glasgow but Malibu is home now. I love it here and when I do go back to Scotland it takes me a bit of time to acclimatize. I am a spoilt so-and-so. I live in the mountains of Malibu in the most gorgeous house and I phone my mum every day and tell her that I have got bad news – that it is only 70 degrees here.’ – Tommy Flanagan

‘They say Scotland is the home of golf. I’m inclined to agree. It’s been nothing but on-par for me!’

‘There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.’ – James M. Barrie

‘Scotland is one of my favorite places to perform: it’s really something special. Scottish audiences are just so enthusiastic; their approach to dance music just feels similar to my own somehow.’ – Moby

‘Here, if nowhere else in the land, the sense of satiety is unknown; and it is to this mental tonic, even more than to the bracing air of the heights, that we owe the unwearied spirit which nerves us to walk more leagues upon the mountains than we could walk miles upon the plain. For in the lowlands we walk with the body only; in the highlands we walk with the mind.’ ― Henry Stephens Salt


‘There’s a lot of fantasy about what Scotland is, and the shortbread tins and that sort of thing.’ – Sean Connery

‘The great thing about Glasgow is that if there’s a nuclear attack it’ll look exactly the same afterwards.’ – Billy Connolly

‘I come more to Scotland than I ever used to, so I feel more connected to it, more part of the zeitgeist. You know when you realize you have a choice and I’m choosing my homeland. It’s funny: when you get older these things to creep up to you.’ – Alan Cumming

‘There are three reasons why I live in Scotland. First, I like silence, and you have to be a millionaire to buy silence in Italy. Second, I like cold weather. Third, in Italy, I have too many relatives and know too many people, so I never get quiet time.’ – Gian Carlo Menotti

‘Wait, Scotland Yard isn’t in Scotland? Next, you’ll tell me the Loch Ness Monster isn’t real!’

‘I’m very fond of Glasgow, particularly the West End. The whole stretch of the west coast of Scotland from Loch Lomond up through Mallaig to the Kyle of Lochalsh is so beautiful.’ – John Niven

‘And though I would rather die elsewhere, yet in my heart of hearts, I long to be buried among good Scots clods. I will say it fairly, it grows on me with every year.’ – Robert Louis Stevenson

‘Some people, when they have a holiday, just want to go to salt coats, twenty-five miles along the coast from Glasgow. Some people don’t even want that. They are happy to stay at home or watch the birds and the ducks float by in the park. And some want to go to the moon. It’s all about people’s ambitions.’ ― Sir Alex Ferguson

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‘This is my country, the land that begat me, These windy spaces are surely my own.’ – Sir Alexander Gray

‘There were lovely things in the world, lovely that didn’t endure, and the lovelier for that Nothing endures.’ ― Lewis Grassic Gibbo

‘Think Indonesia and tourism, and the first thing that comes to mind is probably Bali. Think golf holiday, and most people would dream of Scotland or Ireland. But Indonesia harbors one of the best-kept secrets in the world of travel: it is a golfer’s paradise.’ – Raymond Bonner

Some of the below quotes about Scotland travel will make you fall in love with the country just through these words of magic.

‘The infinitesimal seedlings became a forest of trees that grew courteously, correcting the distances between themselves as they shaped themselves to the promptings of available light and moisture, tempering the climate and the temperaments of the Scots, as the driest land became moist and the wettest land became dry, seedlings finding a mean between extremes, and the trees constructing a moderate zone for themselves even into what I would have called tundra until I understood the fact that Aristotle taught the hile walking in a botanic garden, that the middle is fittest to discern the extremes.’ ― William S. Wilson

‘I have embraced Robert Burns and his beloved Scotland. I have heard the music of the authentic mother tongue. I have walked where he walked, lived where he lived, if only for a brief time, and seen where he died and where he was finally laid to rest. The ghost of Rabbie Burns will continue to walk beside me. And when I am gone, I will walk beside others who fight for the cause of truth.’ ― Laurence Overmire

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‘He suddenly thought of the stretching vastness of the green moors he loved, of the rooty smells after the rains, the butting and frisking of new lambs, the faraway glimmer of the first star when evening fell, the song of the lark at the break of day, his mother’s broth and oatcakes, the cozy of a peat fire while outside rain pummeled the thatch. Then he thought of his father’s voice filling the family croft with love and warmth, and with a joy that he had often thought must be something very much like heaven.’ ― Douglas Bond

‘Amelia envisaged that between York and the royal-infested Scottish Highlands there was a grimy wasteland of derelict cranes and abandoned mills and betrayed, yet staunch, people. Oh and moorland, of course, vast tracts of brooding landscape under lowering skies, and across this heath strode brooding, lowering men intent on reaching their ancestral houses, where they were going to fling open doors and castigate orphaned yet resolute governesses. Or — preferably — the brooding, lowering men were on horseback, black horses with huge muscled haunches, glistening with sweat.’ ― Kate Atkinson

‘From its destitution of trees, Scotland was once a by-word; now it is a garden of beauty.’ – Frederick Douglass

‘I’d live in Glasgow if I could. I can’t praise it enough; it’s the nicest place I have ever worked and I’ve worked in a lot of nice places.’ – Roxanne McKee


Scotland is known for its rich culture, including the enriching history of the Highlanders. Scottish are distinct in the language, ways of life, and outlook too, which sets them apart. Fiercely proud of their roots, these quotes about Scotland will showcase their love for the country and everything that comes with it.

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‘When you hear someone from the very north of Scotland speaking, I think it’s nice, very musical and harmonious.’ – Sean Connery

‘Scotland should be nothing less than equal with all the other nations of the world.’ – Sean Connery

‘Everyone knows how creative the Scots are. They’re always sculpting, painting, singing songs, & writing plays. They invented television, the telephone, & deep-fried Mars bars.’ ― David Baillie

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‘Scotland almost invented the modern world. I mean, all of these televisions, telephones, penicillin, we all – all of these things were invented in Scotland.’ – Nicola Sturgeon

‘I feel a sort of reverence in going over these scenes in this most beautiful country, which I am proud to call my own, where I was such devoted loyalty to the family of my ancestors – for Stuart blood is in my veins.’ – Queen Victoria

‘This Henry lived in Edinburgh, making him inaccessible and giving her something to do on the weekends — ‘Oh, just flying up to Scotland, Henry’s taking me fishing,’ which is the kind of thing she imagined people doing in Scotland — she always thought of the Queen Mother, incongruous in mackintosh and waders, standing in the middle of a shallow brown river and casting a line for trout.’ ― Kate Atkinson

‘One of Scotland’s most important cultural exports – stories.’ ― Sara Sheridan

‘Scotland consistently produces world-class writers.’ ― Sara Sheridan

‘For me, writing stories set, well, wherever they’re the best set, is a form of cultural curiosity that is uniquely Scottish – we’re famous for traveling in search of adventure.’ ― Sara Sheridan

‘I’m proud of the culture I come from – we’re a small country and a close-knit community.’ ― Sara Sheridan

‘Macbeth is historically set in a place depicted by Shakespeare as brutal and violent, incredibly superstitious, and that’s something that I do believe is Scottish.’ – James McAvoy

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‘When he awoke it was dawn. Or something like the dawn. The light was watery, dim, and incomparably sad. Vast, grey, gloomy hills rose up all around them and in between the hills, there was a wide expanse of the black bog. Stephen had never seen a landscape so calculated to reduce the onlooker to utter despair in an instant. “This is one of your kingdoms, I suppose, sir?” he said. “My kingdoms?” exclaimed the gentleman in surprise. “Oh, no! This is Scotland!'”‘― Susanna Clarke

‘I should like to put here my main impression, and it is that Scotland is gradually being emptied of its population, its spirit, its wealth, industry, art, intellect, and innate character.’ – Edwin Muir 

‘He gave it the benefit of the doubt; he was Scotch.’― Algernon Blackwood

‘But he’ll never be fully recognized because Scots literature these days is all about complaining and moaning and being injured in one’s soul.’― Alexander McCall Smith

‘The attempt to separate Lowland from Highland Scotland ignores the extent to which Lowland Scots are the descendants of Highlanders, and how many Lowland Scots, like Nan Shepherd, made the country’s stains the focus of their spiritual aspirations. ‘Highlandism’ is not simply the ersatz adoption of a stereotypical version of Scottish culture which is entirely unconnected with the reality of modern Scottish life: the Highlands is both the geographical and the historical backdrop with which ‘Lowland’ Scottish culture interacts.’ ― Cairns Craig

‘Growing up in Scotland and living in Glasgow, you see the heritage that religion has had and how something that, in theory, is about kindness and community and caring for each other is used to persecute people.’ – Lauren Mayberry

‘Today finds Scotland in an extraordinary muddle. First, she was free in body, romantic, cultured, and uncivilized, till her government was taken over by a usurious Kirk, wielding power through superstition. The boor for a century, she was repopularised by Scott, adopted as a plaything by a foreign queen, suffered worse than any nation in the industrial upheaval, and finally left an abortive carcass rotting somewhere to the North of England.’ ― George Scott-Moncrieff

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‘Poetry, the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart, matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere.’ – Liz Lochland

‘I grew up in Scotland, and everyone wore Barbour. It’s very practical; it’s very outdoorsy. It’s what the gamekeepers and the fishermen and the farmers would wear.’ – Sam Heughan

‘If you put a frog in boiling water, it’ll jump straight out. If you put it in cold water and gradually bring it to a boil, it’ll sit right there until it dies. Scotland has been sitting in England’s gradually boiling water for so long that many people are used to it.’ -John Niven

‘Remember, the Arctic didn’t have any ice. And the Northwest Passage was wide open. They were raising grapes in Scotland for God’s sake, had a huge winery. Iceland was a farming community. As some of the glaciers retreated they found villages that were covered with ice.’ – Don Young

‘Give me but one our of Scotland, let me see it ere I die.’ – William Edmondstoune Aytoun

‘Poetry, the reading of it, the writing of it, the saying it out loud, the learning of it off by heart, matters deeply to ordinary Scottish people everywhere.’ – Liz Lochead

‘I’m William Wallace, and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them – Scotland is free.’ – William Wallace

‘The Scots language is a mark of the distinctive identity of the Scottish people; and as such we should be concerned to preserve it, even if there were no other reason because it is ours. This statement requires neither explanation nor apology.’ ― J.Derrick McClure

‘It’s different in Scotland. People who come to readings are more interested in literature as such, but the readership, in general, is really quite diverse. It’s a cliche, but it’s said that people who read my books don’t read any other books, and you do get that element.’ – Irvine Welsh

‘We look to Scotland for all of our ideas of civilization.’ – Voltaire

‘Wherever a Scotsman goes, here goes Burns. His grand whole, catholic soul squares with the good of all; therefore we find him in everything, everywhere.’ – John Muir

‘Here musculus mounted a little Highland steed; and if there had been many spectators, should have been somewhat ashamed of my figure in the march. The horses of the Islands, as of other barren countries, are very low: they are indeed musculus and strong, beyond what their size gives reason for expecting; but a bulky man upon one of their backs makes a very disproportionate appearance.’ ― Samuel Johnson

‘O! Desolated Scotland, too credulous of fair speeches, and not aware of the calamities which are coming upon you! If you were to judge as I do, you would not easily put your neck under a foreign yoke.’ – William Wallace

‘The side of my family that comes from Scotland, hell, they didn’t even worry about fighting people outside of Scotland. Highlanders and lowlanders just fought the hell out of each other.’ – Tim Wise

‘I’ve always been an outsider. Even in London. If I returned to Scotland, I’d feel a complete foreigner.’ – Peter Doig

‘Being on tour so often, in fact, enhances my appreciation and pride in being from Scotland. In such a competitive world, I believe it is my Scottish roots that have enabled me to keep a sincere and realistic approach to everything I do.’ – Nicola Benedetti

‘Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me – drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality.’ – Johann Lamont

‘You come of a race of men the very wind of whose name has swept to the ultimate seas.’ -J. M. Barrie

‘Scotland has an in-built sound system that never stops thumping. Music runs deep and I like to think of all the great songs and voices that have come out of the country, and all the music that is yet to come.’ – KT Tunstall

‘When I was a child in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures. Fortunately, around my native town of Dunbar, by the stormy North Sea, there was no lack of wildness.’ ― John Muir

‘In prehistoric times, early man was bowled over by natural events: rain, thunder, lightning, the violent shaking and moving of the ground, mountains spewing deathly hot lava, the glow of the moon, the burning heat of the sun, the twinkling of the stars. Our human brain searched for an answer, and the conclusion was that it all must be caused by something greater than ourselves – this, of course, sprouted the earliest seeds of religion. This theory is certainly reflected in faery lore. In the beautiful sloping hills of Connemara in Ireland, for example, faeries were believed to have been just as beautiful, peaceful, and pleasant as the world around them. But in the Scottish Highlands, with their dark, brooding mountains and eerie highland lakes, villagers warned of deadly water-kelpies and spirit characters that packed a bit more punch.’ ― Signe Pike

‘There’s nothing small about Scotland. We’re all about the big, beautiful scenery and giant intellects that invented the likes of penicillin, the telephone, and TV. We enjoy gigantic portions of grub and throw ourselves wholeheartedly into our football and rugby clubs.’ – Lorraine Kelly

‘Golf is a working man’s sport in Scotland.’ -Brian Binnie

‘Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for land such as Scotland? -Sir Walter Scott

‘Everything I have done or attempted to do for Scotland has always been for her benefit, never my own, and I defy anyone to prove otherwise.’ -Sean Connery

‘The Scots are steadfast – not their clime.’ – Thomas Crawford

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Below are some of the quotes about Scotland that best describe the ancient country, during the medieval periods. Scotland has a long history of civil wars and political unrest, which influenced every aspect of the lives of the Scottish for many centuries.

Some of these quotes about Scotland describe the sentiments of the people that witnessed the situations or were influenced by the ongoings.

Iceland, though it lies so far to the north that it is partly within the Arctic Circle, is, like Norway, Scotland, and Ireland, affected by the Gulf Stream, so that considerable portions of it are quite habitable.’ – Harry Johnston

‘Give me Scotland or I die.’ – John Knox

‘A Scotchman must be a very sturdy moralist, who does not love Scotland better than truth.’ – Samuel Johnson

‘In the Scotland of the early seventeenth century, an old woman living alone in Kirkcudbrightshire was accused of witchcraft and on conviction was rolled downhill in a blazing tar barrel. One of the charges against her was that she walked withershins round a well near her cottage which was used by other people. The well was afterward known as the Witch’s Well. These episodes must surely serve as cautionary tales to anyone tempted to transgress the usual custom of walking deasil around a holy well.’ ― Colin Bord

‘Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together.’ -Alexander McCall Smith

‘But I do like Scotland. I like miserable weather. I like the miserable people, the fatalism, the negativity, the violence that’s always just below the surface. And I like the way you deal with religion. One century you’re up to your lugs in it, the next you’re trading the whole apparatus in for Sunday superstores. Praise the Lord and thrash the bairns. Ask and ye shall have the door shut in your face. Blessed are they that shop on the Sabbath, for they shall get the best bargains. Oh yes, this is a very fine country.’ ― James Robertson

‘Only a few industrious Scots perhaps, who indeed are dispersed over the face of the whole earth. But as for them, there are no greater friends to Englishmen and England, when they are out don’t, in the world, than they are. And for my own part, I would a hundred thousand of them were there Virginia for we are all one countrymen now, ye know, and we should find ten times more comfort of them there than we do here.’ – George Chapman

‘From the time of the North Briton of the unprincipled Wilkes, a notion has been entertained that the moral spine in Scotland is more flexible than in England. The truth however is, that an elementary difference exists in the public feelings of the two nations quite as great as in the idioms of their respective dialects. The English are a justice-loving people, according to charter and statute; the Scotch is a wrong-resenting race, according to right and feeling: and the character of liberty among them takes its aspect from that peculiarity.’ – John Galt 

‘Scotland has never ceased to amaze the world with its forward vision, bold action, and great educational institutions. Nothing makes me more proud than to promote this wonderful land with all its richness and diversity wherever I go.’ ― Dame Evelyn Glennie

‘Though the continued march of intellect and education have nearly obliterated from the mind of the Scots a belief in the marvelous, still a love of the supernatural lingers among the more mountainous districts of the northern kingdom; for ‘the Schoolmaster’ finds it no easy task, even when aided by all the light of science, to uproot the prejudices of more than two thousand years.’ ― James Grant

‘No one in Scotland can escape from the past. It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost.’ – Geddes MacGregor

quotes about Scotland

‘To a Scot, the past clings like sand to wet feet and is carried about as a burden. The many ghosts are always a part of them, inescapable.’ – Geddes MacGregor

‘The village lay in the hollow, and climbed, with very prosaic houses, the other side. Village architecture does not flourish in Scotland. The blue slates and the grey stone are sworn foes to the picturesque; and though I do not, for my own part, dislike the interior of an old-fashioned pewed and galleried church, with its little family settlements on all sides, the square box outside, with its bit of a spire-like a handle to lift it by, is not an improvement to the landscape. Still, a cluster of houses on differing elevations – with scraps of garden coming in between, a hedgerow with clothes laid out to dry, the opening of a street with its rural sociability, the women at their doors, the slow wagon lumbering along – gives a center to the landscape. It was cheerful to look at, and convenient in a hundred ways.’ ― Margaret Oliphant

‘Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together.’ – Alexander Smith

‘The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high road that leads him to England!’ ― Samuel Johnson

‘A peaceful refuge in which to rediscover each other, we thought, not realizing that, while golf and fishing are Scotland’s most popular outdoor sports, gossip is the most popular indoor sport.’ ― Diana Gabaldon


‘It is true that I once refused to eat haggis in Scotland and this did not sit well with the local population.’ – Rick Riordan

‘The best food in the world comes from Scotland, in part at least, because Scotland is the last wilderness area in Europe; therefore the land, freshwater rivers, and lochs and sea waters around the country are clean and pure.’ – Lady Claire MacDonald

‘A glass of whiskey in Scotland in the thirties cost less than a cup of tea.’ -Catherine Helen Spence

“I was brought up to believe that Scotch whisky would need a tax preference to survive in competition with Kentucky bourbon.” – Hugo Black

‘If you’re trout fishing in the lochs of Scotland, your catch may end up like this: batter-crusted with that ubiquitous Scottish staple, oats; and served beside a generous mound of stovies, Scottish slang for stove-roasted potatoes.’ -Jonathan Miles

‘We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whisky. Not because it is Scottish, but because it is good.’ – Horace Hutchinson

‘My theory is that all Scottish food s based on a dare.’

‘The proper drinking of Scotch whiskey is more than indulgence, it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full senses with which he has been endowed.’ -David Daiches

‘Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.’ ― Samuel Johnson

‘Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find.’ – William Faulkner


The epic list of quotes about Scotland cannot be complete without some hilarious Scottish puns. Also, the below list includes some funny Scottish proverbs, Scottish proverbs about life, Scottish proverbs about love, and Scottish proverbs about family.

‘Thistle nicely.’

I don’t want to leave, but it’s time for Glasgow.

‘Kilt: It’s what happened to the last person who called it a skirt’

Don’t think Scottish sheep are the cutest? Ewe gotta be kidding me!

Yes, I love whiskey. Who’s caskin?

‘Kiltn’ it’

I need to mull over my decision on which Scotch to pick.

Scotch is neat.

Ardbeg your pardon?

The Scottish Highlands are not to be mist!

‘Real me wear skirts.’

Highland cattle snuggle up in the rain to keep each udder dry.

Winter in Edinburgh is a snow joke!

Even the rain can’t dampen Scotland’s beauty.

‘Some like it, Scott!’

‘Don’t marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper.’ ― Scottish Proverb

‘Fools look to tomorrow; Wise men use tonight.’ ― Scottish Proverb

‘Hours are Time’s shafts, and one comes winged with death.’ ― Scottish Clock Motto

Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one. – Scottish Proverb

Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion. – Scottish Proverb

‘From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-legged beasties, And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!’ – Scottish Saying

A tale never loses in the telling. – Scottish Proverb

Confessed faults are half mended. – Scottish Proverb

Fools look to tomorrow. Wise men use tonight. – Scottish Proverb

Get what you can and keep what you have; that’s the way to get rich. –

Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more. – Scottish Proverb

Never draw your dirk when a blow will do it. – Scottish Proverb

Never let your feet run faster than your shoes. -Scottish Proverb

Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.

The day has eyes, the night has ears. – Scottish Proverb

The devil’s boots don’t creak.- Scottish Proverb

There never came ill of good advisement.- Scottish Proverb

They that dance must pay the fiddler.- Scottish Proverb

That’s it for this ultimate list of quotes about Scotland that hopefully made you curious enough to plan a trip to the country, or maybe you found your perfect quotes about Scotland for Instagram captions.

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