15 Interesting Facts About Scotland

Kilts, Bagpipes, tartan and shortbread are the things that first come to mind when you hear Scotland. Situated in Europe and being a part of United Kingdom of Great Britain, Scotland has a lot more to offer then just men in kilts playing bagpipes. With a land area equivalent to the state of Maine in US, Scotland is made up of around 800 small islands. Let’s explore some interesting facts about Scotland.

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1. National animal is Unicorn

unicornYes! You read it right. The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. But it doesn’t come as a surprise considering the love Scotland has for mythological creatures and legends.
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2. Nessie or The Loch Ness Monster

Lochness monster
Loch Ness monster

Another example of Scottish love for mythological creatures, Nessie is a terrifying lake monster inhabiting in Loch Ness, a famous lake in Inverness. The first alleged photograph of the monster was published in 1933 and since then thousands head to Inverness to catch a glimpse of the so-called monster.
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3. Home of Golf

golfScotland is the birth place of golf, where it was invented in the 15th century. It became so popular so quickly that King James II banned the game because he believed his men are spending more time playing golf then getting proper training for war.
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4. Redheads

woman with red hairScotland has the highest percentage of redheads in the world. Around 14 percent of Scotland’s population has auburn hairs.
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5. Independent Country

James I of EnglandScotland was an independent country until 1603. Then after Queen Elizabeth I died King James VI of Scotland also became King James I of England and ruled both countries (Surprised! We were too). The two countries merged their governments in 1707 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
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6. No Water Bill

fountainThat’s correct! You don’t have to pay water bill if you live in Scotland as it offers free water to all its citizens.
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7.The 3,000-Year-Old Tree – Fortingall Yew

Fortingall Yew
Fortingall Yew

In the small village of Fortingall, Perthshire stands one of the oldest trees of Europe, The Fortingall Yew in its own walled enclosure in village churchyard. Experts estimated the age of Fortingall yew to be between 2,000 to 5,000 years. According to local legend, Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus to crucifixion was born in its shade and played under the tree as a child.
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8. Edinburgh Fringe Festival- Largest Art Festival

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Edinburgh FringeEvery summer Edinburgh hosts Fringe Festival, it is the largest art festival of the world, with 2015 event spanning three weeks totaling over 3,314 shows from 49 countries in 313 venues across Edinburgh.
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9. Encyclopedia Britannica

encyclopedia britannicaWorld’s oldest and most reputed encyclopedia Britannica was first published in Edinburgh between 1768 and 1771.
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10. Bank of Scotland

Bank of Scotland was founded in 1695 and is the oldest surviving bank in the UK.
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11. World’s Shortest Flight

Papa Westray Airport
Papa Westray Airport

World’s shortest scheduled flight is between Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. The journey takes 1 minute 15 seconds to complete and covers a distance of 1.7 miles.
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12. Europe’s Largest Oil Reserve

Aberdeen, also known as the Granite City is the center of Europe’s petroleum industry. Often called “Oil capital of Europe”, Aberdeen is a major energy supplier to Europe.
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13. First Fire Brigade

fire brigadeIn 1824, Edinburgh was the first city in the world with its own fire brigade.
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14. National Drink is Whisky

whiskyYes! You heard it right! National drink of Scotland is whisky and it produces some of the best whiskies in the world (Johnny Walker, Glenfiddich). Glenfiddich was the first to market single-malt whisky outside of Scotland which is now the world’s best-selling and most awarded single malt whisky.
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15. First Football Match

footballWe all know that football is the national game of England. But do you know the world’s first international football match was played in Glasgow on 30th November 1872 between Scotland and England which resulted in a 0-0 draw.
Source: eupedia.com

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