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The Scots language has a rich tradition, and abounds with marvellous words. Each week this blog will show a different Scots or Gaelic word with its English equivalent. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do!

Linda Gilmore Sutherland

 

 

WHIN 05/09/16

by Linda - 01:01 on 05 September 2016

WHIN = GORSE OR FURZE

Whin bushes on heathlands and mountainsides give a marvellous gold colour throughout much of the year - see this site.  But beware - they are VERY thorny!  For this reason, they are sometimes used as a barrier to contain sheep and cattle, hence Whin Dyke (= gorse wall or hedge).

The long flowering season has given rise to this saying: "When gorse is out of blossom, kissing's out of fashion".

Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in its full spring glory.

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