Welcome to the Scottish Women’s Institutes. Scotland’s leading member based organisation created by women in 1917, designed to bring women together, with a vision to welcome every woman in Scotland to join us.

We are here to educate, to share, to campaign, to learn, to socialise, to build a community and of course, to have fun.

From life skills and arts and crafts to raising awareness of current affairs affecting women and helping inform government issues, the SWI is proud of its heritage and our future vision.

Be part of the SWI. Join us to learn how to make that perfect scone… and a bit more too!


Why Join? Well, why not?

  • Be part of a nationwide group of women all with the same vision and passion for sharing and learning skills
  • Learn a new craft or skill in a sociable and welcoming environment local to you
  • Meet women with similar interests on a regular basis
  • Take part in social events and arts and craft competitions
  • Campaign on issues that matter to you and your community 



Only £30 one off initial fee for all new members who join online. And you will receive a free copy of our magazine each month*

A time of change

Welcome to the Scottish Women's Institute; an organisation dedicated to friendship, learning, skill-sharing and, of course, having fun.


28th National Conference

A conference with a difference.

We invite you read our Conference Report to get a flavour of the one day event which proved to be an exciting mix of inspirational speakers, motions to help us progress as an organisation and beautiful singing to delight our ears - all centred around the theme of change.

You can read and download our Conference Report here >


Guest Speaker, Stuart Earley, SPPCA    Guest Speaker, Kirsty Mac - Leadership Styled  

SWI Chairman, Christine Hutton    Office Bearers, SWI  

Choir at SWI Conference    Members and Visitors at the SWI Conference

Find Your Local Institute

We would love to welcome new members to any of our institutes so you can come along, enjoy the atmosphere, discover more about what we do, then select the institute that suits you best. You can join an institute for a small fee (approx £20-£35) per year and enjoy all the benefits of being a member.



Every week, every month and every year, we have a wide range of exciting events and activites that take place throughout Scotland.

These can be arranged at National level, Federation level or locally at Institute level.

Our extensive list of events and 'what's on guide' will be coming soon.

Please bear with us whilst we collate all our latest events. In the meantime, you can keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter.


Women Together is your monthly magazine, full of exciting news from around the country.

Learn about events, competitions, interesting features, Federation and Institute updates, Headquarter news plus browse our images showcasing monthly activities.

We welcome all members to contribute with their own images, articles and news. Simply email Liz our editor at magazine@theswi.org.uk.

As part of our inspiring changes, we are evolving the magazine into a new modern format. Take a look at our changes >

Like to receive a copy? Simply email us to find out more and to be added to our mailing list. Click here to subscribe >


Women Together Wants Your Features!

SWI is launching an exciting new look A4 magazine, Women Together, and we welcome contributions from external writers.

We’re looking for features on a wide range of subjects including crafts, food and drink, women’s issues, travel, health, lifestyle and general interest. If you can supply high resolution, good quality photographs as well that would be a bonus! Length should be between 500 and 1000 words – and currently we’re particularly looking for longer articles. Fee negotiable.

Please send all copy to The Editor, magazine@theswi.org.uk, or SWI, 42 Heriot Row, Edinburgh EH3 6ES. Copy deadlines are the 26th of each month, eg 26 January for the March issue (out end of February).


Material submitted should be original. Although great care is taken with everything submitted, Women Together is not responsible for any loss or damage which may occur.



Scottish Natural Heritage Would Like Your Help...

We have attracted the attention of Scottish Natural Heritage, to help them with some research!

Elli Carlisle, Local Landscapes Officer for Scottish Natural Heritage, is collating a record of projects which have been undertaken (no matter how large or small) relating to the landscape of Scotland. Specifically, relating to how nature, history and culture have shaped it and how we continue to shape it and use it. The projects could be research based or more practical in nature and very localised, even down to a single park, or relevant to a much larger area.

Elli welcomes any information from institutes and members who have been involved in any previous projects, as the aim is to gather information about any past, current or future projects so the Scottish Natural Heritage and our partners in this work can  enable more to happen.

Please send your infomation to Ellie Carlisle, Local Landscapes Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage by email.