The creation of the new notes also involved a number of key Scottish arts organisations and designers including Graven Images, Nile, Stucco, Timrous Beasties, O’Street and the Glasgow School of Art.
Behind Nan’s portrait sits a picture of the Cairngorms, so beloved by Nan Shepherd and celebrated in her writing, as well as a quote from her book ‘The Living Mountain’.
The reverse of the £5 note features two mackerel, the single most valuable stock for the Scottish fishing industry, as well as an excerpt from the poem ‘The Choice’ by Sorley MacLean.
From today, the new note is available in nine branches across seven towns and cities: Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Haddington, Paisley and Dundee. The notes will be rolled out across the rest of Scotland over the forthcoming weeks and by May 2017 90% of all £5 notes in circulation will be polymer.
The Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland’ Scottish Board, Malcolm Buchanan, said: “This is a historic moment in the Royal Bank of Scotland’s 300 year history.
“It is our first polymer note, a note fit for a modern age and one that will serve customers across Scotland for years to come.
“It is a representation of what is meaningful to the people of Scotland, designed in partnership with them. This is a note for Scotland.”
The new notes are 15% smaller and the new material is cleaner, more secure and more durable than traditional cotton notes, on average lasting 2.5 times longer.
All aspects of the new Royal Bank of Scotland note come to life when using Blippar. Customers can download the Blippar app and hover over the Royal Bank of Scotland logo on the note to learn more about its story. Learn how to download the Blippar App: