Location: Midwestern Europe

Bordering Countries: England

Capital City: Edinburgh

Other Main Cities: Glasgow, Inverness, Oban, Aberdeen, Loch Ness, Striling, Dundee, St. Andrew’s, Mull, Dumfries, Glencoe, Invergordon, Skye, Shetland, Arran

Language(s): Scottish

Population: 5 million+

Religion: No religion (36.6%), Church of Scotland (32.4%), Roman Catholic (15.9%), No answer (7%), Other Christian (5.5%), Islam (1.4%), Other (1.1%)

Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)

National Airlines: Loganair

Known for: whisky, golf, countryside, Edinburgh, bagpipes, tartan, folk dancing, wool, haggis, Loch Ness Monster, islands, castles, historical sites, cottages, kilts, cold weather, coastline, St. Andrews, Ben Nevis, goats, cathedrals

Celebrations and Festivals: Foodies Festival (Edinburgh), Fringe Festival (Edinburgh), Hogmanay Festival, International Jazz and Blues Festival (Edinburgh), Edinburgh Harp Festival, Jazz Festival (Glasgow), Edinburgh Science Festival, Burns Night, Highland Games, Saint Andrew’s Day

Fun Facts…

  • The world’s shortest flight took place in Scotland. It last 1 minute and 14 seconds
  • Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited
  • The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has the longest echo of any man made structure in the world; a whole 15 seconds
  • Edinburgh was the first city in the world which had its own fire brigade
  • Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on seven hills and the capital has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world
  • In the north east of the country, girls are called “quines” and boys “louns”
  • Scotland is home to the oldest tree in Europe
  • The raincoat was invented by a scotsman
  • Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world. Around 13 per cent of the population has red hair, with 40 per cent carrying the recessive gene