16 Incredible Facts You Did Not Know About Scotland
When you hear the name ‘Scotland’ you might imagine ‘bagpipes’, ‘Arthur Conan Doyle’, the legendary Loch Ness monster and men wearing kilts. But there is a lot more to this great nation than just that.
Scotland is a wonderful country filled with incredible scenery, beautiful mountains, and stunning gothic castles, just like the rest of the UK. The people are warm and welcoming and the food and music are rich. Today, we’ll be telling you about 18 incredible and unique facts about Scotland that you did not know before. After reading all this you just might want to book your tickets and head off to the Scottish land for your next vacation.
1The land of Islands
Scotland is the land of islands. There are over 700 islands in Scotland. The smaller islands are called isles. Some of the most popular ones are the Isle of Skye, Shetland, and Orkney. Needless to say, these are some of the most beautiful and picturesque places on the planet!
Scotland has three officially recognized languages – English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic. So if you know English, you won’t have any problem getting by. Almost 99% of the population speaks English and Scots. Only one percent of the population speaks Gaelic. The English accent, however, is quite different.
Scotland had its own singular monarch until 1603. After the death of Queen Elizabeth I of England, her cousin, James VI of Scotland (her first cousin, twice removed) also inherited the throne of England. He became James I of England and thus both countries came to be ruled by the same ruler.
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. It has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century. It is also the official place of residence of the Scottish monarch. It is also the largest and one of the most bustling cities of Scotland and even the world.