25 Amazing And Unique Things About Scotland

Posted by , Updated on November 17, 2023

Located in the northern part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is a country with a rich and ancient history.  Needless to say, There are many reasons why you should visit this amazing place.

Aside from the normal tourist attractions, there are many things that are unique to Scotland. From the traditional Scottish dish, haggis, to the legendary Loch Ness monster, check out these 25 amazing things unique about Scotland.



You Know What They Say About Redheads

Facts about Scotland 25 - little girlhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

It will come as no surprise that Scotland has the highest number of redheads in the world. Around 13 percent of the population sports red locks, with 40 percent carrying the recessive gene.


Great Minds

Facts about Scotland 24 - bookshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

Scotland is not lacking in the famous literature category, claiming such creative minds as Sir Walter Scott, considered the father of historical novel, Lord Byron, the famous poet, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes books.


Hope You Came Hungry

Facts about Scotland 23 - haggishttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haggis

The national dish of Scotland is haggis, a savory pudding made of sheep heart, liver, and lungs with some vegetables and spices, traditionally cooked inside the animal’s stomach. We wouldn’t know, but it is apparently delicious with a nutty, savory flavor.



Facts about Scotland 22 - telephonehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

If you speak English, you won’t have to worry about a language barrier in Scotland. However, the country does have three officially recognized languages: English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic. About one percent of the population speaks the last.


Be Grateful for Scottish Inventors

Facts about Scotland 21 - Lightbulbhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/9007300/Scottish-referendum-50-fascinating-facts-you-should-know-about-Scotland.html

We have several famous Scottish inventors to thank for some of our favorite modern-day luxuries. John Logie Baird developed the television in 1925. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876. And Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928.


Check, please

Facts about Scotland 20 - castlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

Founded in 1695, The Bank of Scotland is the oldest surviving bank in the UK. It was also the first bank in Europe to print its very own notes.


Family Ties

Facts about Scotland 19 - handshttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/9007300/Scottish-referendum-50-fascinating-facts-you-should-know-about-Scotland.html

According to the United States and Canadian censuses, there are as many Scottish people living in North America as in Scotland. Statistics estimated around five million people claiming Scottish ancestry in America and Canada.


Rain, Rain, Go Away

Facts About Scotland 18 - rainhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Macintosh

It will come as no surprise that the raincoat was invented in Scotland in 1824, as per its reliably wet climate. Created by Charles Macintosh, a chemist born in Glasgow, the garment is still referred to as a “Mac” in Great Britain.



Facts about Scotland 17https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortingall_Yew

One of Scotland’s greatest treasures is Europe’s oldest tree. A gnarled, twisted Yew, it has stood in Fortingall, Perthshire for an estimated 5,000 to 9,000 years.


I'll Drink to That

Facts about Scotland 16https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edradour_distillery

Edradour distillery is Scotland’s smallest traditional distillery, found in Perthshire. Dating back to 1825, Edradour is the last farm distillery of handmade single malt whiskey still in production today. It receives 100,000 visitors a year but produces just 90,000 liters of malt whiskey.


Down to the Depths

Facts about Scotland 15https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Morar

Scotland’s deepest loch is Loch Morar and is also the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles. Measuring at 1,017 feet deep, the loch was created by glacial action some 10,000 years ago.

The famous Loch Ness is the second deepest loch in Scotland, so you can only imagine what wonders (or terrors) Loch Morar is hiding.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Water Monster

Facts about Scotland 14https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_Monster#Origins

You’d be hard pressed to find someone in this day and age who hasn’t heard of the Loch Ness Monster. The earliest recorded sighting of the legendary beast occurred in 565 AD when a “water beast” attacked one of St. Columba’s followers in the River Ness.


Lads and Lassies

Facts about Scotland 13https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/9007300/Scottish-referendum-50-fascinating-facts-you-should-know-about-Scotland.html

Every place has its own quirky wordage found nowhere else, and Scotland is no exception. In the northeast of the country, girls are affectionately called “quines” and boys “louns”.


The Heights of the Highlands

Facts about Scotland 12https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Nevis

The Scottish Highlands is also home to Ben Nevis, the highest mountains of the British Isles. Standing 4,411 feet above sea level, the summit of this mountain is made of the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano. The ruins of an observatory rest atop it, which was continuously staffed between 1883 and 1904.


The Swarm

Facts about Scotland 11https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_midge

One of Scotland’s less appealing features is the Highland Midge, which plagues the Scottish Highlands each summer. Queen Victoria is reputed to have actually smoked cigarettes during her stay there to keep the midges at bay.



Facts about Scotland 10https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Andrews_Links

On Scotland’s island of Fife, the town St Andrews holds one of the oldest golf courses in the world, St Andrews Links. Known as the “Home of Golf,” the game has been played there since the 15th century.


The Crown

Facts about Scotland 9https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_I_of_England

Scotland was ruled by its own singular monarch until 1603. After Elizabeth I of England died, James VI of Scotland (her first cousin twice removed) also became James I of England, ruling both countries simultaneously.


The Loch Ness, but without the monster

Facts about Scotland 8https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland

Scotland has quite a diverse landscape and holds more than 600 miles of freshwater lakes. Yes, and the one you’re thinking of. The famous Loch Ness!


Is there an echo in here?

Facts about Scotland 7https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Mausoleum

The Hamilton Mausoleum can be found in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. It was the final resting place of the family of the Dukes of Hamilton, but that isn’t its only feature. The Mausoleum boasts the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world at a total of 15 seconds.


Skara Brae

Facts about Scotland 6https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skara_Brae

On the Scottish isle of Orkney lays a Neolithic structure called Skara Brae, a collection of eight stone houses that was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC.

It is Europe’s most complete Neolithic village and gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is dated to be older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids and has been called “The Scottish Pompeii” due to its excellent preservation.



Facts about Scotland 5https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Geography_and_natural_history

In the year 1872, Scotland and England played against each other in the very first international game of football (soccer). The end score was a 0-0 draw.


Rules of the Road

Facts about Scotland 4https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Geography_and_natural_history

Like their British neighbors, Scottish drivers use the left-hand side of the road. Something to keep in mind if you’re visiting and decide to rent a vehicle.


Isles for Miles

Facts about Scotland 3https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Geography_and_natural_history

Scotland includes over 700 islands. We’re not going to name them all, as that could probably be its own entire list (or several lists).

However, a few famous ones you may have heard of include the Isle of Skye, Shetland (home to do those adorable ponies), and Orkney.



Facts about Scotland 2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Geography_and_natural_history

Scotland shares a border with England. The Atlantic Ocean borders the west coast, while the North Sea hems the eastern side.



Facts about Scotland 1https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland#Geography_and_natural_history

The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh. Don’t worry, we can’t pronounce it, either. Edinburgh has been the country’s capital since the 15th century and is the official place of residence of Scotland’s monarch.

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