The Bergen Scottish Society aims to promote and celebrate Scottish culture in Norway.
It is open to all those who would like to take part in song, dance, ceilidhs and other festivities and activities which we can say are long standing traditions ‘back home’.
The society appeals to expats from Scotland, other folk who love Scottish traditions and of course many Norwegians who have travelled or lived in Scotland and to whom it still has a special place in their hearts.
So whether you are from Motherwell or Morvik, Falkirk or Fana, Skansen or Stornoway we hope you come and join us in celebration of Scottish traditions!
The Bergen Scottish Society was established in April 2005 following a highly successful, but Haggisless, Burn’s Night Supper in January of that year.
A Burns Night Supper is the traditional dinner held to celebrate the birth of our national poet, Robert Burns, who was born 25th January 1759. This evening of feasting, speeches, recitals of poetry and country dancing will be an annual anchor point for members and guests. Other events include celebration of our patron saint with a ‘Ceilidh ‘ – Gaelic word for a party night including many dances – which are easy to learn and we will help those new to them!
West Norway and Scotland enjoy many cultural links which reach back at least to the Viking times of the 9th century, through traders of the middle – ages, storm driven wayward fishing boats, to the ‘Shetland Bus’ and commando raids of WWII, university study and tourism up to now and of course the economic cooperation in the oil industry and fish farming industries.