Scottish Symbols - A Fascinating World

Scottish symbols... kilts and bagpipes, right?

Well, yes of course, but there are so many more!

For a little country, Scotland has packed a LOT of color, tradition, superstition and magic into it's history.

Many of the most well-known symbols of Scotland date back centuries, and are surrounded by legends, superstitions, folklore and pageantry.

They've often been immortalized in poetry, songs and music, and are tightly woven into the colorful history of this fascinating country.

They include music, plants, historical buildings, ancient Celtic designs, mythical creatures, famous Scots and many more.

Traditional Scottish bagpipe musicians

Popular Scottish Symbols.....

Scottish Thistle

The Thistle is one of Scotland's most well-known symbols.

It grows wild and free in the Scottish highlands, and is both a beautiful and dangerous plant.

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Scottish bagpipe player

'Scotland The Brave' is Scotland's 'unofficial' National Anthem. The traditional Scottish music and soul-stirring lyrics gets the Scottish blood pumping!

It's one of Scotland's most modern symbols as it was written just over 60 years ago, but that doesn't mean it's loved any less!  

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Scottish Flag - the Saltire

The Saltire is the official Scottish flag and has been in use for over 500 years.

But the symbolism of it's design is much older, dating back to the 9th Century AD and the visions of clan warriors.

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Eilean Donan Castle - Scotland

There are over 3000 Scottish castles, including some of the oldest and most famous castles in the world.

They stand as silent reminders of Scotlands' ancient, violent and colorful history. Each one a unique, magnificent and 'touchable' piece of history

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Scottish Heather growing wile on the shore of a loch

Scottish heather is another beautiful, and natural, Scottish symbol which is famous around the world.

With lots of practical uses, plus a whole host of legends and myths surrounding it, this humble plant may well be one of Scotlands' most intriguing emblems!

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The Unicorn - fascinating Scottish symbol

The fascinating and mythical Unicorn has been associated with Scotland and Scottish heraldry for hundreds of years.

He is wild, fierce, bold and resilient - so the perfect choice for a national Scottish symbol!

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Scottish tartan kilt worn with sporran and thistle belt-buckle

Traditional Scottish Kilts are our national costume and a Scotsman wears his tartan outfit with pride.

The simple practical garment first worn by Highlanders, has become not just a striking piece of clothing, but a world-famous symbol of our country.

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The Golden Eagle is a magnificent bird who deserves the title of National Bird of Scotland... and efforts are underway to get it for him.

This iconic bird is as wild, courageous and beautiful as the Highlands it calls home.

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A country as old and history-packed as Scotland is overflowing with symbolism, the emblems featured above are just the tip of the iceberg!

We will be adding more emblems as the site grows, so keep an eye on this page :)