Guide

Gypsy Travellers

Last updated: 21 September 2017

Overview

The term 'Gypsy Travellers' refers to specific groups, such as:

  • Romany Gypsies
  • Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh Travellers

They are recognised in Scotland as an ethnic group. They consider the travelling lifestyle part of their ethnic identity and culture.

Some Gypsy Travellers still travel year round. Some in the travelling community live in a house over winter and travel in their caravans the rest of the year.

Not everyone who identifies as a Gypsy Traveller is currently travelling. They might live in council or private housing or on fixed caravan sites.

Other types of Travellers

There are other types of traveller, who are not considered Gypsy Travellers, such as:

  • occupational travellers
  • show people
  • new age travellers
Gypsy Travellers
Overview