25 Stunning Facts About Scotland

Scotland is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet; it is known for its exquisite and unique liquor as well as its breath-taking and empowering landscapes. The nation also has an amazing history filled with thrilling myths and stories. It is also known for having a very rich culture, being a home country for a lot of famous artists.

  1. Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom (UK) and occupies the northern third of Great Britain. Scotland’s mainland shares a border with England to the south.
  2. Scotland has over 421 words and expressions for “snow.” Some of them are “snaw” (snow), “skelf” (a large snowflake), and “sneesl” (to begin to rain or snow).
  3. In the year 2018, there were about 133 distilleries of whiskies (scotch) in the country.
  4. Scotch whiskey is the national drink of the country. The IRN BRU is the most popular among all the varieties of scotch.
  5. There are five Scotch Whisky regions in the country which are Highland, Campbeltown, Lowland Islay, and Speyside. Each offers a different perspective on Scotch Whisky.
  6. Twenty million barrels of whisky are maturing in warehouses in Scotland.
  7. The country is the most windiest in Europe. The strongest gust ever recorded in the united kingdom was recorded on the Cairn Gorm mountain of Scotland in 1986 with wind speeds of 173 mph (278 km/h).
  8. The Scottish people are known for their adoration of legends and myths like ghosts, magic, witches, water monsters, and other fairy folk. However, the magical unicorn is their beloved one of the reasons behind that it is their national animal too.
  9. Logan air, a Scottish regional airline, holds the title of being the shortest commercial flight. The flight takes place between Westray and Papa Westray, two of the islands situated in the north of Britain. The total distance of the flight is 1.7 miles (2.7 km) and lasts only 1.5 minutes in the air.
  10. Golf was originated in Scotland in the 15th century, and even the first open championship was held in the country in the year 1860 in Ayrshire city of Scotland.
  11. The country has over 3000 castles which rank amongst the most iconic on the planet.
  12. Scotland has over 900 offshore islands, most of which are divided into four main groups: Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides, sub-divided into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.
  13. According to the 2011 census, about 93 of the total islands were inhabited islands and had a population of 103,700, which was just 2 percent of the total population of Scotland.
  14. The first international football match was played between Scotland and England at the West of Scotland cricket ground in 1872 in Hamilton Crescent, located in the Partick city of Scotland.
  15. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the united kingdom as well as in Scotland. It has an elevation of 1,345 meters (4,413 ft).
  16. Meikleour Beech Hedge of Scotland is the highest hedge on the globe and was planned in the year 1745. It is one-third of a mile long and 100 ft (30 m) high.
  17. Some of the very important inventions took place on the Scottish land, which changed the world. Some of them are television, Telephone, penicillin, MRI scanner, refrigerator, electric toaster, daily disposable contact lenses, ATM, Colour photograph, Flushing toilet, Hypodermic syringe, fingerprinting, steam engine, vacuum flask, and pneumatic tire.
  18. The first organized municipal fire brigade of the planet was established in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the year 1824.
  19. The country has over 30,000 freshwater lochs, ranging from small lochans to the likes of Loch Ness and Loch Lomond.
  20. Fortingall Yew is the oldest tree in the European continent and is estimated to be 3000 years old.
  21. Golden Eagle is the National Bird of Scotland.
  22. Scotland’s national dish is haggis, a savoury meat pudding, and it’s traditionally accompanied by mashed potatoes, turnips (known as ‘neeps’), and a whisky sauce.
  23. Till the 15th century, the national instrument of the country was the harp. After that, highland bagpipes are the national instrument of Scotland.
  24. Eas a’ Chula Aluinn is the united kingdom’s highest single-drop waterfall with a drop of around 658 feet.
  25. The famous Indian dish chicken tikka masala was not actually invented in India. It was invented by a Bangladeshi chef in the 1970s in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • CAPITAL CITY: Edinburgh
  • POPULATION: 54.5 lakhs
  • POPULATION RANK: 2nd in United Kingdom
  • LARGEST CITY: Glasgow
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: scottish gaelic, english and scots
  • GDP NOMINAL: £138 billion
  • CURRENCY: Pound sterling
  • FOUNDED: 843 AD
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Donald Dewar
  • TOTAL AREA: 80,077 km2
  • CONTINENT: Europe
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 47,880 PPP dollars (2019) United Kingdom


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