Scottish identity: who decides who we are? 

This resource provides a range of activities, questions and images to help groups of all ages explore Scottish identity

About this resource

This resource (Gaelic version here) invites teachers to use images from the National Galleries of Scotland collection, such as Monarch of the Glen, as tools to encourage Creativity Skills and interdisciplinary learning. It is designed to meet the needs of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

Age range

We have purposely created exercises that are not aimed at a particular level as we believe in teachers’ professional judgement; you can adapt activities to suit any group, through all stages of primary, secondary and adult learning.


This resource includes 5 themes: Our environment; Health & wellbeing; Constructed reality; Making an icon; Social studies. We hope that one or more theme will be of interest to your learners.

Funder: Heritage Lottery Fund

Image credit:

Sir Edwin Landseer, The Monarch of the Glen, 1851. Purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland Ltd, with contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dunard Fund, the Art Fund, the William Jacob Bequest, the Tam O’ Shanter Trust, the Turtleton Trust, and the K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. and through public appeal 2017.

Posted by: National Galleries Scotland in collaboration with Hidden Giants

(c) National Galleries Scotland

Post Author: r.boyde