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 area.
- South Northern spoken in eastern Angus and the Mearns.
- "SND Introduction - Dialect Districts". Dsl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-21.