Viewers can now immerse themselves in a virtual Ulster-Scots world with a newly launched digital project, Ulster-Scots in VR.
The Woven Word
The Woven Word is a 360° video series exploring the Ulster-Scots rhyming weaver poets. The series features 10 short episodes, providing an interactive virtual reality experience for viewers into the world of Ulster’s Rhyming Weavers
Granda's Fir Aff
Granda’s Fir Aff features 10 short, animated films following the adventures of a grandad and his dog as they visit some of Northern Ireland’s best-known locations and landmarks.
Stories Frae the Loanen
Stories Frae the Loanen is a new online series of 6 x 10-minute films intended to be an Ulster-Scots language learning resource for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.
Ulster-Scots Poetry & Literature Archive
The Ulster-Scots language has a rich heritage in the poetry world, from Rabbie Burns to W. F. Marshall, and it has proved to be a valuable resource to academics and linguists alike.
Discover Ulster-Scots Places Northern Ireland
Discover Ulster-Scots Places Northern Ireland – a unique, series of online films exploring the Ulster-Scots links of Ulster’s extraordinary tourist attractions.
A Wheen o Wurds
This resource intends to help people understand that no matter where we come from or what community we belong to, everyone in Ulster has a wee bit of Ulster-Scots and that is something that we should all be proud of.
Ulster-Scots language is widely spoken in parts of Ulster. This series of exciting new language games for children will help reinforce learning about the language and develop new vocabulary.
Ulster-Scots Virtual Visits
The Ulster-Scots Virtual Reality Field Trip - A 360 degree virtual tour experience, immersing you in the heritage, culture and history of places in Ulster with an Ulster-Scots connection.
Danders Aroon – Walk with the Ulster-Scots
Tired of walking the same trails? Join Graham Little as he explores five short trails along the coast of Northern Ireland and unlocks their connection to the Ulster-Scots.
‘Dirigo’, The Maine Drum – A lambeg drum in America
The State of Maine, USA celebrated its bicentennial in 2020 and in recognition of the close partnership the Ulster-Scots Agency has with our friends in the Maine Ulster-Scots Project we commissioned an instrument unique to Ulster – a Lambeg drum.
The term Ulster-Scots refers to people from Scotland that settled in Ulster, and their descendants. It also refers to their heritage and cultural traditions. The Lowland Scots brought industry, language, music, sport, religion and a myriad of traditions to Ulster.
In different parts of the world Ulster-Scots are often referred to as Scots-Irish or Scotch-Irish – all terms for the same people and their culture and heritage.
Over centuries, Ulster-Scots people have migrated to many parts of the world, taking with them their pioneering spirit and culture. They have influenced many aspects of life in the places settled, from principles of government to music, dance, innovation and ingenuity.
This website is a hub, with a range of content and links of Ulster-Scots interest.
It also features some of the work of the Ulster-Scots Agency, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and its work in promoting and preserving Ulster-Scots language, culture and heritage.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Who are the Ulster-Scots?
The Scots came to America direct from Scotland. They differ from the others in that they did not spend any time in Ulster. They came to America from different departure points, often in different migrant waves, and settled in different areas of colonial America. For example, many Scots settled in the Chesapeake area of Virginia, whilst the Scots-Irish generally helped to open up the western frontier in places like Pennsylvania, along the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and the Carolinas.
Accredited Learning – Music & Dance
The Ulster-Scots Agency supports a range of learning programmes accredited by recognised accrediting authorities.
The Agency provides tutors or grant-aid to schools for tutors to help develop music and dance skills relating to Ulster-Scots culture and heritage.