The dialect is generally divided into:
- North Northern spoken in Caithness, Easter Ross and the Black Isle.
- Mid Northern, popularly known as the Doric, spoken in Aberdeenshire, Banff and Buchan, Moray and the Nairn.
- South Northern spoken in eastern Angus and the Mearns.
North East Central Scots (Northeast Mid Scots) is also closely related to Northern Scots, particularly to South Northern Scots.