Looking for beautiful quotes about Scotland? There might not be a more epic landscape in all the world, and plenty of Scottish and international writers have crooned on about how lovely the place is!
From its gorgeous isles like the Isle of Skye to its historic cities like Glasgow, the country is just, in a word, gorgeous! So whether you’re looking for travel inspiration or Scotland Instagram captions, here are my favorite Scotland quotes.
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The Best Scotland Quotes & Scotland Instagram Captions
Here are my favorite quotes about Scotland, including inspiration from song lyrics, poems, literature, pop culture, and quotes by famous Scottish authors!
Scotland Travel Quotes
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
I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. -Robert Louis Stevenson
I’m rediscovering Scotland; I’m falling in love with it again. -Sam Heughan
I absolutely love Scotland. I’m always happy there. -Jennifer Saunders
There are no stars as lovely as Edinburgh street-lamps. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Did not strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the country I would choose to end my days in. -Benjamin Franklin
Scotland is the best place in the whole world. -Gail Porter
I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts. -Peter Hambleton
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
This is my country, the land that begat me, these windy spaces are surely my own… -Sir Alexander Gray
Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together. -Alexander McCall Smith
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 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
Edinburgh is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again. -Alexander McCall Smith
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
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove; the hills of the highland for ever I love. -Robert Burns
Funny Quotes about Scotland
Scotland is the Canada of England! -Rainn Wilson
If Scotland and America go to war, I’m afraid I’ve already sworn in. -Craig Ferguson
God help England if she had no Scots to think for her. -George Bernard Shaw
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
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
Scottish Food Quotes
It is true that I once refused to eat haggis in Scotland and this did not sit well with the local population. -Rick Riordan
A glass of whiskey in Scotland in the thirties cost less than a cup of tea. -Catherine Helen Spence
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’s a lot of fantasy about what Scotland is, and the shortbread tins and that sort of thing. -Sean Connery
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
The proper drinking of Scotch whiskey is more than indulgence, it is a toast to a 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
Quotes about the Scots & Scottish Culture
There’s a real emphasis on being witty in Scotland, even in crime novels. -Denise Mina
We look to Scotland for all of our ideas of civilization. -Voltaire
Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for a land such as Scotland? -Sir Walter Scott
You come of a race of men the very wind of whose name has swept to the ultimate seas. -J. M. Barrie
The Glasgow invention of squared-toed shoes was to enable the Glasgow man to get closer to the bar. -Jack House
When you hear someone from the very north of Scotland speaking, I think it’s nice, very musical and harmonious. -Sean Connery
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
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
Golf is a working man’s sport in Scotland. -Brian Binnie
Quotes about Scottish History & Politics
I’m William Wallace, and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them… Scotland is free! -William Wallace
Give me Scotland or I die. -John Knox
Scotland should be nothing less than equal with all the other nations of the world. -Sean Connery
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 there was such devoted loyalty to the family of my ancestors – for Stuart blood is in my veins. -Queen Victoria
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 the 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
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
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
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
Quotes about Scotland Weather
There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter. -Billy Connolly
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 of the far-from-home; and, in some way that is mysterious, that is the Scotland that even a stranger learns to love. -H. V. Morton
Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes. -Sam Heughan
In Scotland, as beautiful as it is, it was always raining. Even when it wasn’t raining, it was about to rain or had just rained. It’s a very angry sky. -Colin Hay
There’s just no place like Scotland when the sun is out. -Ashley Jensen
The mud is cold when you’re in the north of Scotland! -Tahar Rahim
Scotland’s a pretty place. I mean, as long as it ain’t raining. -Boo Weekley
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5 Things to Pack for Your Trip to Scotland & the UK
The Lonely Planet Scotland guidebook. It can be kind of a pain to find the major guidebooks once you land, or you’ll find them overpriced. I always like to pick mine up ahead of time.
An Unlocked Cell Phone so that you can use a UK sim card while here to help navigate public transportation and when you’re on the road.
Backup Charging Bank for your cell phone since you’ll be using it as a camera, GPS system, and general travel genie.
A Great Day Bag so you can carry what you need with you (like your camera, snacks, water, sunscreen, cash, etc). My current favorite is the Pacsafe Citysafe, which is especially great for Edinburgh because it has many anti-theft features designed to deter pickpockets. It also transitions to a night bag more easily and won’t embarrass you if you go to dinner directly after sightseeing all day.
More UK Travel Resources
If you’re interested in visiting UNESCO sites and historic places in England as well as Scotland, check out my posts on How to Visit the Tower of London, How to Visit Westminster Abbey, and How to Visit Westminster Abbey.
Love to listen while you plan your travels? I have episodes about London and Northern Ireland on both of my podcasts. You can check my podcast episode about the Roman Baths, The History of Windsor Castle, and Banqueting House. For Northern Ireland, check out Belfast and the Best of Northern Ireland and Belfast and the Troubles.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for the UK make sure you have a valid Travel Insurance Policy because accidents happen on the road. I pay for World Nomads, and I happily recommend them. It’s especially important to get travel insurance if you’ll be hanging out in cities (like Edinburgh…ahem) where tourists can be the victims of pickpockets.
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