Scotch-Irish or Ulster Scots are names for the same people and are given to the people who left Scotland in the seventeenth century and settled in the north of Ireland, mainly as various waves of the Plantation of Ulster.

In many cases they stayed only one or two generations before moving on to North America. The new people brought new customs to Northern Ireland and this is evident in our culture and heritage today.


Many colonial settlers over the centuries from the 17th century to the Great Hunger or more commonly known Irish potato famine of the 19th century were from Irish decent with some identifying as "Scots-Irish" whose ancestors were Ulster Scots who emigrated from Ireland to the United States. Around the world there is a rich history of descendants searching for a new life, Discover Britain and Ireland will take you on a journey of discovery.