81 Interesting Facts About Scotland

Last updated on July 1st, 2020

67. Scotland is the second largest country in the U.K after England. The U.K comprises of four countries including Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England.

68. In the north eastern Scotland, they call girls – “quines” and boys – “louns.”

69. If you want to see the oldest tree in Europe, you should head to Fortingall, Scotland. The tree is no less than 3000 years old.

70. Television lovers note that John Logie Beurd, a Scott, invented the television in 1925.

71. Andy Murray is a famous Scottish tennis player. He has won some Grand Slam titles and was once ranked among the top three players in the world.

72. Scotland is also blessed to have the oldest working post office in the world – at Sanqurar, established in 1712.

73. Note that Forbes Magazine’s owner Bertie Charles Forbes was born is Scotland.

74. Rugby fans should learn that the world’s first international rugby match was played in Scotland.

75. Scotland has nearly 790 islands, of which 130 are inhibited.

76. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the region.

77. The word “Scot” is found in Latin texts from the fourth century describing a tribe which sailed from Ireland to raid Roman Britain – Wikipedia.

Girls are wearing yellow raincoats and enjoying rainfall.

78. Raincoat was invented in Scotland.

79. In 2014 voting was conducted in Scotland to ask the people whether they wanted Scotland to be an independent country or a part of the U.K. 55.3% of voters answered “No” and 44.7% answered “Yes”, with a voter turnout of 84.5%.

80. Kirkcaldy is very well-placed along the Fife coast. It is close to many smaller villages such as; Eile, Crail, and Pittenweem. It is a fabulous place to take tong walks, as the coast runs from Forth Estuary to the Tay Estuary. There are a number of busses, roads, and trains that easily link Kirkaldy to locations like Dundee and Edinburgh.

81. Ravenscraig Castle and Park was built by James ll in the 1940s. It is located on top of a headland, which overlooks the sea. You can get to the Castle from Ravenscraig Park, where you connect to a path that offers many children’s play activities and the most wonderfull woodland walks. It was and still is a majestic place to visit.

Some old Scottish sayings and their meanings

  • Skinny Malinky Longlegs! – A tall thin person.
  • Failing means yer playin! – When you fail at something at least you’re trying.
  • Mony a mickle maks a muckle! – Saving a small amount soon builds up to a large amount.
  • Dinnae marry fur money! – Don’t marry for money – you can borrow it cheaper.
  • Do yer dinger. – Loudly express disapproval.
  • We’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns! – We’re all God’s children, nobody is better than anybody else – we’re all equal.
  • Whit’s fur ye’ll no go by ye! – What’s meant to happen will happen.
  • Lang may yer lum reek! – May you live long and stay well.
  • Haud yer wheesht! – Be quiet.

Scotland – country at a glance

Capital CityEdinburgh
55°57′N 3°11′W
Largest CityGlasgow
55°51′N 4°16′W
Land Area30,090 sq mi
Population5,373,000 (2015 estimate)
Official LanguageEnglish
BordersEngland
CurrencyPound sterling (GBP)
Average Life Span76.8 Years (2014)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Time ZoneGMT (UTC​)
Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
GDP$245.267 billion
Calling Code+44
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