• Scotland is located in Europe, at the northern end of Great
Britain. It is a part on the United Kingdom, along
with England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
• Every country has a flag; but Scotland has two.
The Lion Rampant
The Saltire( the St Andrew’s Cross)
• The thistle is a national symbol of Scotland.
• Scotland’s official animal is the unicorn. It’s not so surprising
considering the love Scotland has for legend. Unicorns were
revered by the Celts, the symbolism being much the same as
it is today: grace, purity, healing, and happiness. The creature
was printed on gold coins when King James III was in power.
The Scottish Royal Arms had two unicorns on it, and a unicorn
is still a part of the United Kingdom’s Royal Coat of Arms
alongside the lion.
•Loch Ness is a lake in a Scottish Highlands. It's surface is 52 ft (16 m)
above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of
Loch Ness Monster also known as "Nessie".
• The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh while the largest city is
Glasgow. Other major cities include Aberdeen and Dundee
• Scotland includes over 700 islands. These include groups
called Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides.
• The highest mountain in Scotland is Ben Nevis which stands at
a height of 1344 metres (4409 feet).
The Fortingall Yew
• In the heart of Scotland stands one of Europe’s oldest trees, the Fortingall
Yew. Experts speculate that the tree may be 5,000 years old. It is named
for the small village in which it is found—Fortingall, in Perthshire. Legend
says that Pontius Pilate was born by the tree and played in the shade of
the Yew during his childhood.
• Scotland has a unique culture with traditions such as
bagpipes, kilts and highland dancing
• The population of Scotland in 2011 was around 5.3 million.
• Scottish drivers use the left-hand side of the road.
• If the redhead gene lives on anywhere, it’s southeast
Scotland, where 40 percent of the population are carriers. All
told, the British Isles are home to some 20.4 million people
who carry the redhead gene.