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Lang may yer lum reek: Best ever Scottish phrases

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Ye just cannae beat the Scottish dialect.

We’re proud of our Scottish sayings, so we decided to put together a list of some of the best ones.

Dialects in Scotland can vary massively, from Dundee to Glasgow, Aberdeen to Edinburgh, but there are some phrases we ALL instantly recognise.

While some of them may be slightly outdated now, we still love them!

Lang may yer lum reek

Literally meaning ‘long may your chimney smoke’, this is the best way to wish someone a long and healthy life.

Haud yer wheesht

In simple terms, shut up!

Whits fur ye’ll no go by ye

Our own special way of saying que sera sera, whatever will be will be.

Keep the heid

Stay calm, don’t get worked up.


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Gie it laldy!

A term of encouragement meaning give it all you’ve got!

Gies peace

Something many parents say to their kids – stop annoying me and give me some peace and quiet!

Awa an bile yer heid

Literally meaning ‘away and boil your head’.

In other words, get lost!

Yer bums oot the windae

You are talking absolute nonsense.

Up to high doh

If you’re up to high doh, you are worked up or stressed ,and you should probably keep the heid.

Haste ye back

Goodbye, come back soon.