93 Very Best Scotland Travel Quotes, Captions and Sayings for a Spectacular Journey
Updated: May 21, 2022
In this post, you shall find carefully selected best Scotland quotes on travel, on the awe-inspiring Highlands, and best quotes on Scotland’s cities. We take a look at history with some great quotes along with some great inspiring quotes on people and culture of Scotland. As well, there are some beautiful quotes on Scottish food and drinks. Finally, some Scottish wisdom.
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93 Best Scotland Travel Quotes, Captions and Sayings to Inspire Your Journey
Very Best Scotland Travel Quotes
1 | “I absolutely love Scotland. I’m always happy there.” — Jennifer Saunders, English Actress
2 | “Scotland is the best place in the whole world” — Gail Porter, Television Personality
3 | “There is magic in Scotland. It’s a country with a lot of pride and bravery,” – Gayle Rankin, A Scottish Actress
4 | “It doesn’t matter if it’s soggy, or it’s sunny, there are so many lovely roads and awesome rugged countryside in Scotland — that’s what makes it” — Edd China, English Television Presenter
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6 | “This is my country, the land that begat me, these windy spaces are surely my own” — Sir Alexander Gray, Scottish Economist/Poet
7 | “I’m rediscovering Scotland; I’m falling in love with it again” — Sam Heughan, Actor
8 | “Location is everything, I’d rather camp in the Lake District or Scotland than sit in a five-star hotel in Frankfurt” — Rory Bremner, Comedian
9 | “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, Scottish Novelist
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10 | “I remember every stone, every tree, the scent of heather. Even when the thunder growled in the distance, and the windswept up the valley in fitful gusts, oh, it was beautiful home sweet home” — Beatrix Potter, Writer
11 | “Scotland is so gorgeous that every time I’m there, I start to dream of living there. I want to buy one of those whitewashed cottages with thatch roofs and gaze out at the sea and read my books. I want to be away from the internet and the news and lawnmowers at 7 A.M. on Sunday mornings” — Julia London, American Writer
12 | “There are three reasons why I live in Scotland. First, I like silence, and you have to be a millionaire to buy silence in Italy. Second, I like cold weather. Third, in Italy, I have too many relatives and know too many people, so I never get quiet time” — Gian Carlo Menotti
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Very Best Scotland Travel Quotes on The Highlands
13 | “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, American Writer
14 | “Wherever I wander, wherever I rove; the hills of the highland forever I love,” — Robert Burns, Poet
15 | “Even in rugged Scotland, nature is scarcely wilder than a mountain sheep, certainly a good way short of the ferity of the moose and caribou” — John Burroughs
16 | “The infinitesimal seedlings became a forest of trees that grew courteously, correcting the distances between themselves as they shaped themselves to the promptings of available light and moisture, tempering the climate and the temperaments of the Scots, as the driest land became moist and the wettest land became dry, seedlings finding a mean between extremes, and the trees constructing a moderate zone for themselves even into what I would have called tundra until I understood the fact that Aristotle taught the hile walking in a botanic garden, that the middle is fittest to discern the extremes” — William S. Wilson, Author
17 | “It feels like Scotland.” “Have you ever been?” “Mmmm. Twice. Have you?” “No.” “You should. It’s your roots. You’ll be surprised how much they tug at you when you breathe the air in the Highlands or look out at a lowland loch.” — Nora Roberts, American Author
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18 | “When I was a child in Scotland, I was fond of everything that was wild, and all my life I’ve been growing fonder and fonder of wild places and wild creatures. Fortunately, around my native town of Dunbar, by the stormy North Sea, there was no lack of wildness” — John Muir, Scottish-American Mountaineer and Author
19 | “I come more to Scotland than I ever used to, so I feel more connected to it, more part of the zeitgeist. You know when you realize you have a choice, and I’m choosing my homeland. It’s funny: when you get older these things to creep up to you” — Alan Cumming.
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Best Scotland Travel Quotes on Scotland’s Cities
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Edinburgh City Quotes
20 | “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
21 | “I love Scotland. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and has a wonderful tradition of supporting the arts” — Peter Hambleton
22 | “There are no stars as lovely as Edinburgh street-lamps” — Robert Louis Stevenson
23 | “The Scots think of it as their capital; they’re too possessive, Edinburgh belongs to the world” — Richard Demarco, Edinburgh-born Artist
24 | “Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life… I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.” — Ian Rankin, Author
Glasgow City Quotes
25 | “The Glasgow invention of squared-toed shoes was to enable the Glasgow man to get closer to the bar” — Jack House
26 | “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
27 | “Glasgow is certainly a place where they will tell you if they don’t think you are anything special” — Sam Heughan
28 | “Glasgow’s really friendly, with this impressive mix of real solidarity and identity that’s very personal” — George MacKay, British Actor
Stirling City Quotes
29 | “Stirling, like a huge brooch, clasps Highlands and Lowlands together” — Alexander McCall Smith
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Best Scotland Travel Quotes, Captions and Sayings on Scotland’s Weather
30 | “There’s just no place like Scotland when the sun is out” — Ashley Jensen, Actress
31 | “Scotland is about layering. The weather changes every 10 minutes” — Sam Heughan, Actor
32 | “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, Musician
33 | “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, Journalist
34 | “There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter” — Billy Connolly, Actor
35 | “Scotland’s a pretty place, I mean, as long as it ain’t raining.” — Boo Weekley, American Golfer
36 | “The mud is cold when you’re in the north of Scotland!” — Tahar Rahim, French Actor
37 | “When he awoke it was dawn. Or something like the dawn. The light was watery, dim, and incomparably sad. Vast, grey, gloomy hills rose up all around them and in between the hills, there was a wide expanse of the black bog. Stephen had never seen a landscape so calculated to reduce the onlooker to utter despair in an instant. “This is one of your kingdoms, I suppose, sir?” he said. “My kingdoms?” exclaimed the gentleman in surprise. “Oh, no! This is Scotland”— Susanna Clarke.
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Best Scotland Travel Quotes, Captions and Sayings on Scotland’s History, People and Culture
The Scottish are fiercely proud of their roots and their rich culture, including the unique history of the Highlanders. They are set apart by their distinct language, ways of life, and how they embrace the simplistic yet rich daily lives. You cannot but fall in love with Scotland and everything that comes with her.
Here are some of the very best Scotland quotes, captions and sayings on the country’s history and of the Scottish people and culture.
Very Best Scotland Travel Quotes and Captions on Scotland’s History
38 | “Give me Scotland or I die” — John Knox, Scottish Theologian
39 | “I’m William Wallace, and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them… Scotland is free!” — William Wallace, Scottish Knight
40 | “Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for a land such as Scotland?” — Sir Walter Scott, Scottish Novelist
41 | “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
42 | “You come of a race of men the very wind of whose name has swept to the ultimate seas” — J.M. Barrie
43 | “We look to Scotland for all of our ideas of civilization” — Voltaire
44 | “Scotland should be nothing less than equal with all the other nations of the world” — Sean Connery, Actor
45 | “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, Politician
46 | “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
Best Scotland Travel Quotes on People and Culture
Travel Quotes about Scotland
47 | “There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make” — James M Barrie
48 | “When you hear someone from the north of Scotland speaking, I think it’s nice, very musical and harmonious” — Sean Connery
49 | “The village lay in the hollow, and climbed, with very prosaic houses, the other side. Village architecture does not flourish in Scotland. The blue slates and the grey stone are sworn foes to the picturesque; and though I do not, for my own part, dislike the interior of an old-fashioned pewed and galleried church, with its little family settlements on all sides, the square box outside, with its bit of a spire-like a handle to lift it by, is not an improvement to the landscape.
Still, a cluster of houses on differing elevations — with scraps of garden coming in between, a hedgerow with clothes laid out to dry, the opening of a street with its rural sociability, the women at their doors, the slow wagon lumbering along — gives a center to the landscape. It was cheerful to look at, and convenient in a hundred ways” — Margaret Oliphant, Scottish Novelist
50 | “I am constantly disappointing people up in Scotland by not being Scottish” — Jonny Lee Miller, British Actor
51 | “I’ve always been an outsider. Even in London. If I returned to Scotland, I’d feel a complete foreigner” — Peter Doig.
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52 | “There’s a lot of fantasy about what Scotland is, and the shortbread tins and that sort of thing” — Sean Connery
53 | “Macbeth is historically set in a place depicted by Shakespeare as brutal and violent, incredibly superstitious, and that’s something that I do believe is Scottish” — James McAvoy
54 | “I grew up in Scotland, and everyone wore Barbour. It’s very practical; very outdoorsy. It’s what the gamekeepers and the fishermen and the farmers would wear” — Sam Heughan.
55 | “I’m proud of the culture I come from — we’re a small country and a close-knit community” — Sara Sheridan
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Best Scotland Travel Quotes and Captions on How Creative the Scots are
56 | “One of Scotland’s most important cultural exports — stories” — Sara Sheridan
57 | “Everyone knows how creative the Scots are. They’re always sculpting, painting, singing songs, & writing plays. They invented television, the telephone, & deep-fried Mars bars.” — David Baillie
58 | “The writing talent of Edinburgh is textured — we have poets, novelists, non-fiction writers, dramatists and more” — Sara Sheridan, Writer
59 | “Scotland consistently produces world-class writers” — Sara Sheridan
60 | “There is a real emphasis on being witty in Scotland, even in crime novels” — Denise Mina
61 | “For me, writing stories set, well, wherever they’re the best set, is a form of cultural curiosity that is uniquely Scottish — we’re famous for travelling in search of adventure” — Sara Sheridan
62 | “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
63 | “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.
64 | “Scotland is one of my favourite places to perform: it’s really something special. Scottish audiences are just so enthusiastic; their approach to dance music just feels similar to my own somehow” — Moby.
65 | “Scotland has an in-built sound system that never stops thumping. Music runs deep, and I like to think of all the great songs and voices that have come out of the country, and all the music that is yet to come” — KT Tunstall.
66 | “Nothing gets me out of bed in the morning like the sound of bagpipes” — Ian Wilson
Best Scotland Travel Quotes, Captions and Sayings on Scottish Food
67 | “My theory is that all Scottish food is based on a dare” — Anon
68 | “The best food in the world comes from Scotland, in part at least, because Scotland is the last wilderness area in Europe; therefore the land, freshwater rivers, and lochs and sea waters around the country are clean and pure” — Lady Claire MacDonald
69 | “It is true that I once refused to eat haggis in Scotland and this did not sit well with the local population” — Rick Riordan
70 | “Oats. A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people” — Samuel Johnson.
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Travel Quotes about Scotland
71 | “I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis” — Humphrey Bogart
72 | “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough” — Mark Twain, American Writer
73 | “A glass of whiskey in Scotland in the thirties cost less than a cup of tea” — Catherine Helen Spence, Australian Author
74 | “We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whisky. Not because it is Scottish, but because it is good” — Horace Hutchinson, English Golfer
75 | “The proper drinking of Scotch whiskey is more than indulgence, it is a toast to 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
76 | “Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to good moonshine I can find” — William Faulkner.
Scottish Proverb and Sayings
77 | ‘Don’t marry for money, you can borrow it cheaper’
78 | ‘Fools look to tomorrow; Wise men use tonight’
79 | ‘Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one’
80 | ‘Twelve highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion’
81 | ‘From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!’
’82 | A tale never loses in the telling’
83 | ‘Confessed faults are half mended’
84 | ‘Get what you can and keep what you have; that’s the way to get rich’
85 | ‘Learn young, learn fair; learn old, learn more’
86 | ‘Never let your feet run faster than your shoes’
87 | ‘Take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves’
88 | ‘The day has eyes, the night has ears’
89 | The devil’s boots don’t creak’
90 | ‘They that dance must pay the fiddler’
91 | ‘Today’s rain is tomorrow’s whisky’
92 | ‘A cold needs the cook as much as the doctor’
Finally…on best Scotland travel quotes
Just take a moment and imagine…
93 | “He suddenly thought of the stretching vastness of the green moors he loved, of the rooty smells after the rains, the butting and frisking of new lambs, the faraway glimmer of the first star when evening fell, the song of the lark at the break of day, his mother’s broth and oatcakes, the cozy of a peat fire while outside rain pummelled the thatch. Then he thought of his father’s voice filling the family croft with love and warmth, and with a joy that he had often thought must be something very much like heaven,” — Douglas Bond.
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Facts about Scotland
Population: Over 5.4 million (2020)
Common Language: English. Gaelic is spoken by 1.3% of the population mostly in the west and in the Highlands.
Currency: £ – Pound (GBP)
Capital City: Edinburgh. Home to the first fire brigade in the world, and is the second largest city in Scotland. The largest metropolis in Scotland is Glasgow.
High season: Summer (July – August)
Religion: Christianity – 40% Church of Scotland. 15% Roman Catholic and 6% other Christian denominations. Minorities include Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh with a quarter of the population has been recorded as having no religion.
Social courtesies: Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. When visiting someone’s home, a small gift such as flowers or a box of chocolates is appreciated.
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