16 Incredible Facts You Did Not Know About Scotland
9The oldest distillery
The Edradour distillery in Perthshire is the smallest and oldest farm distillery in the world. It dates back to 1825. It still produces handmade single malt whiskey, but very little (about 90,000 liters a year). Over 100,000 tourists visit the place every year to see this fascinating piece of history.
10Europe’s first and oldest
Scotland is home to the Bank of Scotland which is the oldest surviving bank in the UK. It was the first bank in Europe to print its own notes! Europe’s oldest tree is also located in Scotland. This twisted and massive Yew tree has stood in Fortingall, Perthshire for approximately 5000 to 9000 years!
11Haggis, the national dish
Haggis is the national dish of Scotland. It is a savory pudding that is made of vegetables and spices along with sheep heart, liver, and lungs! The puddings are cooked inside the animal’s stomach. If you get grossed out easily, this may not be the right dish for you.
12The Loch Ness Monster
Did you know that the Loch Ness Monster is from Scotland? Apparently, the first time the monster was sighted was in 565 AD. The incident reported was that a “water beast” had attacked one of St. Columbia’s followers in the river Ness. We don’t know yet if the monster is real or if it’s just Scottish folklore.