Whether you are a Scot living abroad, have developed a relationship through working, visiting or studying here, or have an affinity with Scotland’s heritage and culture, we hope this page will help you stay connected to Scotland and its diaspora.
Scotland has a fascinating heritage. For centuries, Scots emigrated abroad, some through force and others in a search of a better life. These Scottish emigrants adapted to their new homes and local populations remarkably well, but at the same time maintained a strong sense of home.
Many of these Scots went on to become established figures in their new homelands while many more left their legacy through sharing Scotland’s rich history, culture, and traditions. It is estimated that over 50 million people around the world claim Scottish ancestry today.
Scotland’s diaspora has always wanted to stay connected to Scotland and each other. Across the globe, we see Scottish heritage being celebrated through St Andrew’s Societies, Burns Suppers, Highland Games and Clan Gatherings and many other activities and events. Our diaspora continue to do so much to promote Scotland and what it means to be Scottish.
Scotland is a dynamic nation full of opportunity and the 21st century presents new ways to stay connected to our diaspora communities. Whether you are a Scot who has moved abroad; have studied, lived or worked in Scotland for a time; have settled here permanently from another country; have ancestral ties to Scotland or just have an affinity for all things Scottish, we want to support you to stay connected to Scotland and to each other. You have done so much to build Scotland’s international reputation.
More information will appear on this site as we develop initiatives to better connect and engage with the Scottish diaspora across the globe. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the Scottish diaspora or being part of the Scottish diaspora, please use the web links on this page.