Braw bairns blether – what’s your favourite #Scotword?


Edinburgh's Hogmanay is teaming up with the Year of Young People 2018 to uncover the one word that makes young Scots most proud

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12th October 2017 by Susan Smith 0 Comments

Bairns of eight to youngers of 26 will be blethering about what's big about biding in Scotland for the next few months.

Whether is because bonnie Scotland’s stoatin, its people are crafty, or simply because it’s the best wee country in the world, the #Scotword campaign aims to capture young pride in our nation.

The campaign will run until December when the winning #Scotword will be announced to launch the Year of Young Person 2018 during Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt is the face of #Scotword and is leading the call to Scotland’s young people to get involved.

She said “I'm proud to be part of the #ScotWord project as I'm passionate about helping the younger generation of Scotland have access to great opportunities and build a better future together.”

Around Scotland, young #ScotWord Champions, many of whom are Year of Young People 2018 Ambassadors, have volunteered to deliver workshops with young people in their area.

Workshops have been co-designed by young people, and will encourage participants in three age groups; 8-11, 12-15 and 16-26, to reflect on what Scotland means to them, to share their hopes and aspirations for their own and Scotland’s future, and to choose and share their own #ScotWord, submitting suggestions to

The first phase of the campaign will end on St Andrew’s Day, after which the ScotWord champions will draw up a shortlist of potential #ScotWords, which will be put to a public vote in December.

The #ScotWord which wins the public vote will feature at the culmination of the iconic torchlight procession that launches Edinburgh’s three-day Hogmanay on 30 December.

Year of Young People 2018 is a Scottish Government backed campaign to inspire Scotland through its young people. It aims to celebrate their achievements and contributions to their communities and create opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.