About Discover Ulster-Scots

The term Ulster-Scots not only refers to original Scots who settled in Ulster, and their descendants, but also to their heritage and cultural traditions. The Lowland Scots brought industry, language, music, sport, religion and a myriad of traditions to Ulster. And many of these have become mainstream, not narrow cultural markers, but broad themes in our society.

None of these things were fossilised, frozen in a 1600s time warp – the traditions have developed, changed and grown over time. In Scotland, what were once only markers of regional Highland identity have over time become markers of national Scottish identity. In the same way, some aspects of Ulster-Scots identity have adopted Highland influences too.


The English historian G. M. Trevelyan (1876-1962) described the interaction between Ulster and Scotland as ‘a constant factor’ in history.

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Discover Ulster-Scots Centre


Bushmills Distillery


Carrickfergus Castle


The Ulster-Scots story

An introduction to the Ulster-Scots Language

The Scots language came to Ulster with the Scottish settlers of the Plantation in the early seventeenth century. Its presence was sustained and reinforced by later migrations and by the strong social and economic ties across the narrow North Channel.

Ulster-Scots (or ‘Ullans’ or even the ‘Braid Scotch’) is a variant of Scots, the language used by Robert Burns in many of his poems.

Scots is still spoken in the Lowlands of Scotland today and is often called Lallans, the Scots word for ‘lowlands’.


Discover Ulster-Scots in the North West

This app includes information about the Ulster-Scots stories Strabane, Omagh and Derry.

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