Facts about Scotland

Here I will give you, the reader some interesting facts about the great nation Scotland.

Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited

Scotland has the shortest scheduled flight in the world. It is one-and-a-half miles long from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. It can be completed in only 1 minute 14 seconds.

Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire brigade.

Edinburgh was built on seven hills, just like the eternal city of Rome, and the capital has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world.

Scotland is second largest country in the UK behind England.

Scotland’s motto is “Nemo me impune lacessit”, or: “No one provokes me with impunity”. It is used by the Order of the Thistle and on later versions of the Royal coat of arms.

The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster occurred in 565 AD.

Scotland has the oldest tree in Europe, a twisted yew which has stood in Fortingall for 3,000 years.

The raincoat was invented in 1824 in Scotland by Charles Macintosh, a chemist born in Glasgow. The raincoat is still called a “mac” in England.

Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn.

Scotland’s population is around 5.2 million.

The Bank of Scotland, founded in 1695, is the oldest surviving bank in the UK.

Scotland has three officially recognised languages: English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic, with just one per cent of the population using the last.

The first two Prime Ministers of Canada were Scottish.

Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world.

The first official international football match was played at the West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick in 1872, between Scotland and England.

There are as many Scottish people living in North America as in Scotland.

The Kingdom of Scotland remained as an independent state until 1 May 1707, when the Acts of Union joined it with England, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

The highest point in Scotland is Ben Nevis at 4,406ft (1343m).

Queen Victoria is reputed to have smoked cigarettes during her visits to the Highlands of Scotland to keep away midges.

St Andrews Links is considered the “home of golf”; the sport has been played there since the 15th century.

The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire has the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world; a whole 15 seconds.

The capital, Edinburgh, is the second largest city.

Thanks to wikipedia.org and unrealfacts.com for the information.

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June 29, 2013 · 11:44 pm