Fun Facts About Scotland by Albert Beetons
The Gaelic word for Scotland
Scotland is a country that
is part of the United Kingdom (in the North-West of Europe), occupying
the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
Scotland is a mountainous
country and shares a border with England to the South and is bounded by
the North Sea to the East, the Atlantic Ocean to the North / West, and
the North Channel and Irish Sea to the South-West.
|Scotland consists of over
790 islands (with around 130 inhabited) in addition to the mainland, including
the Northern Isles, (sometimes known as the Shetland Islands) and the Hebrides.
Edinburgh is the country's
capital and second largest city as well as one of Europe's largest financial
centres. It was also the first city in the world to have its own fire-brigade.
The largest city in Scotland
The highest point in Scotland
is Ben Nevis at 1,343m.
Scotland is famous for its
fresh water lochs (lakes) - there are over 600 square miles of them. The
most famous is Loch Ness where a dinosaur-like monster is said to lurk
in the water but this has not been proven.
Famous Scottish inventors
include Alexander Graham Bell (Telephone) and Alexander Fleming (Penicillin).
Culture lovers from around
the world come to Edinburgh for its famous arts festival.
The national flag of Scotland
is known as the Saltire or St. Andrew's Cross.
"Flower of Scotland" is popularly
held to be the National Anthem of Scotland. Scotland the Brave is used
for the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games.
The largest lake in Scotland
is Loch Lomond: 60sq km (40 km long).
|St Andrew's Day (30 November)
is the national day, although Burns' Night tends to be more widely observed.
Scotland currently has a
population of just over 5 million.
Edinburgh, like Rome, was
built on seven hills.
Tourism is recognised as
a key contributor to the Scottish economy. A briefing published in 2002
by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) for the Scottish
Parliament's Enterprise and Life Long Learning Committee stated that tourism
accounted around 5% of GDP and 7.5% of employment in Scotland.
Famous musicians from Scotland
include Annie Lennox, Wet Wet Wet, Travis and Simple Minds.
Members of the European
Union can apply for jobs in Scotland and other nationalities can apply
for a visa subject to meeting requirements.
The most famous football
teams in Scotland are Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers.
Scottish music is an important
aspect of the nation's culture, with both traditional and modern influences.
A well-known traditional Scottish instrument is the Great Highland Bagpipes,
a wind instrument consisting of three drones and a melody pipe (called
the chanter), which are fed continuously by a reservoir of air in a bag.
The thistle is Scotland's
There are many famous universities
in Scotland including the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh University
and Glasgow University.
The currency in Scotland
is Pound Sterling.
The longest river is the
Tay at 121 miles.
Scotland is in the Greenwich
Mean Time time zone.
About the Author: Albert
Beetons wrote this article about Scotland on behalf of Scottish Holiday