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!


Subscribe to the SWI monthly magazine for only £1.50 per issue

Like to recieve your copy? Call us on 0131 225 1724 or email to find out more and to be added to our subscription list.
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  • Keep up to date with all latest SWI news from around the country
  • Never miss an issue!

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

In this month's magazine

> Exclusive interview with musician Fiona Kennedy
> Self tanning products tested and reviewed by members
> Delicious summer barbeque recipes
> Personal shoppers put through their paces
> Preserves maker shares tips for perfect jams and chutneys
> Competition, reader offer, book reviews, member news and more

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

Advertise in Women Together

Reach around 17,000 women throughout Scotland by advertising in  Women Together, the monthly magazine of the SWI.
Reasonable rates and special discounts.

Why Advertise?
The SWI has around 17,000 members throughout Scotland. Most are 50+, often with rural backgrounds and interests. However, an increasing number of younger, urban based women, are now joining the organisation.

To reflect the needs of a new, younger readership, the magazine has recently been relaunched in a new A4 format with features on Beauty, Fashion, Food and Drink and Women’s Issues, as well as national updates and news from groups around the country.
Our advertising rates have been frozen at A5 prices until May 2016. So, you get twice the size for the same price!

Contact magazine@theswi.org.uk for further information and a complimentary copy of the magazine.

Full page £347; half page £174; quarter page £100; eighth page £65 (not inc VAT).
If you are an SWI member or a registered charity you receive 20% discount.
Reduced rates for serial ads and a free editorial with 3 consecutive ads.

Women Together Wants Your Features!

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 600 and 1200 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.

KnitFest - Special Offers for SWI Members

Offer 1:
50% Discount on registration for SWI members
Enter discount code "SWIKnits" on website registration page at www.lochnessknitfest.com

Offer 2,
Special SWI KnitFest package includes

  • Event registration
  • A workshop of your choice
  • A presentation of your choice: £99 (discounted from £130)

This package is available by emailing alan@visitiln.com or by calling Visit Inverness Loch Ness on 01463 219219



The SWI Online Members Area is now ready for you.

If you are already a member and registered to the website, simply login using your unique username and password. Or if you are a SWI member, but not registered to the website as yet, you can do that just now, it only takes a few minutes. Register here >

The Members Area is here to add content to and we encourage our members to contribute. Simply submit to hello@theswi.org.uk 




Sweet dreams – SWI shortbread could be destined for the supermarket shelves

Supermarket giant Aldi is calling on SWI members across Scotland to rise to the occasion by entering an exclusive challenge to find the nation's best shortbread recipe.

With SWI members renowned for their baking skills, Aldi has launched a quest to find the most delicious shortbread created by members – and the winner could find her shortbread baked by one of our bakers and available to buy from Aldi’s Scottish outlets.

SWI members have until 1st August to submit the recipe and method for their favourite shortbread. Judges from Aldi will review the entries and draw up a shortlist that will be chosen for a ‘taste off’ at the SWI Housewives and Handcrafts Conference in Perth on 6th and 7th September.

All five shortlisted entries will win £50 of Aldi vouchers and the winning recipe, announced on the final day of the conference, will receive £250 worth of Aldi vouchers, their recipe featured in Aldi’s online Taste Kitchen and the opportunity for the winning recipe to be made into an Aldi Special Buy for Christmas 2016.

SWI chairman Christine Hutton encourages members to enter and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the experience and expertise we have among our membership and it is exciting to think that the winner’s shortbread could be turned into a product that will go on sale in Aldi’s Scottish stores.”

To enter and for full Ts & Cs please request an official entry form by calling 01224 646 491 or by emailing magazine@theswi.org
You can also download the Entry Form here >

Packaging format will be in a clear acetate with illustrative label. The below image is an example only, shortbread recipes are open to interpretation, size and style is up to the entrant.



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*


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.

View our Events Diary for a list of our forthcoming events >

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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.