Scotland in a Nut Shell
- Eat! – Haggis. Like a peppery mince, this tradition lamb ‘sausage’ is a Scottish staple, served up with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). It’s best if we don’t tell you the ingredients…
- Drink! – Whisky. The skyline is dominated by the staggering cooling towers of Scotland’s many whisky distilleries.
- Wear! – Tartan. In any form! If you’re brave, why not try a kilt… but be sure to go commando to really experience this Scottish tradition. Or settle for a nice woollen scarf, the perfect Scottish memento.
- Beware! – The wind! Even in the height of summer, Scotland is a windy place. Wrap up warm (and don’t bother doing your hair).
An Introduction to Bonny Scotland…
Home to the Loch Ness Monster, Scotland is a country of myth and legend. From the architecturally fascinating and history-steeped capital city of Edinburgh, to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands and everything in between. If you’re a fan of hiking, eating and drinking (who isn’t?), then this is the country for you.
- Currency: GBP Pounds
- Capital City: Edinburgh
- Main Religion: Christianity
- Main Language: English
- Telephone Code: +44
- Time: GMT
- Emergency Number: 999 (or 101 for non-emergencies)
Just like the Scottish Highlands, the climate here is extremely up and down… expect rain, wind, sun, snow – and usually all in one day!
5 Random Facts About Scotland:
- There are over 800 islands off the coast of Scotland, of which only 100 are permanently inhabited.
- Scotland is home to the Loch Ness monster… or is it? This elusive monster is said to live in the Lock Ness lake in the Scottish Highlands.
- Robert Burns if the national poet of Scotland, and has his very own celebratory day – on the 25th January every year. This annual celebration involves plenty of bagpipe playing, haggis, neeps and tatties and of course, whisky.
- The World’s first ever international soccer match was played in the Scottish city of Partick in 1872, and was Scotland v England.
- The highest mountain in the UK can be found standing 1,344 meters tall in the Scottish Highlands, Ben Nevis. Over 10,000 hikers climb the mountain every year.