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Interesting Facts About Scotland

Updated on January 5, 2018
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Jimmy is Scottish and has a dry wit, which some may find difficult to appreciate. He enjoys educating others with his various grooming tips.

The Outsiders Guide To Scotland

Scotland or as the Americans like to call it Scat-land, is that small bit of land at the top of England, full of hills and glens where the locals either play golf all day, go out hunting the haggis or spend their days picking the blooming heather.

Scotland's people are made up of men women and children with red hair who love to wear tartan and the male of the species always wear skirts or kilts as they are called locally.

All of the Scottish people live in medieval castles or in small cottages called crofts and they are always ready with their broad swords to fight off the English invaders all in the name of "Freeeeeeeduuuum!", thanks to Mel Gibson for that quote, one of the greatest Scotsmen to ever live.

Half of Scotland is owned by one of the most respected American Presidents of all time Donald Trump, who in keeping with the tradition of Scotland has turned his half into Golf courses and hotels and some people say he is going to open up a haggis farm.

Scotland is best known for its Whisky industry, and Irn Bru which is a soft drink that really mixes well with whisky, both of these drinks have a ginger coloring which probably explains the hair color of the population.

Disclaimer I am sure it was Donald Trump himself, who said that he was the most respected president of all time (please don't blame me for that) and please Mr Trump, I don't have a red button, I sold mine for a snickers bar, don't nuke me! I actually love over-sized overweight wig wearing Oompah Loompahs.

The Border Between England and Scotland
The Border Between England and Scotland | Source

The Real Scotland

Yes Scotland does have a lot of Castles, it has hills and glens and it also actually does have a higher level of people with red hair, 13 percent of the population have red hair which is a higher percentage of red heads than anywhere else in the world.

Donald Trump may not own half of Scotland but he does own 2 golf courses and 2 hotels but he is not a popular man in Scotland because of broken promises to the people when he built his golf course in Aberdeen.

Contrary to popular belief the people of Scotland rarely wear plaid or tartan these days, the kilt and accouterments are worn mainly for formal occasions such as weddings and funerals or if there is a Highland Games on.

Haggis are not small animals running wild in the hills and glens it is actually a Scottish dish made up from the offal of a sheep wrapped inside a sheep's stomach.

Och Aye The Noo!

Och Aye The Noo! is not really something the Scots would say, it in reality does not make any sense as a sentence, oh yes just now really means nothing. Scots only really hear it when visiting another country and some smart bottomed person of limited intelligence is trying to be funny.

Some Quite Useful Facts That You Didn't Know About Scotland

Scotland is the only country in the world where Coca Cola is not at the top of the soft drinks charts, Irn Bru is the number 1 best seller and is classed as Scotland's other national drink.

Scotland's Population is just over 5 million, which is around the same number of people living in the United States who have Scottish ancestry.

Strangely the national animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

Scotland also boasts the shortest commercial flight in the world The Loganair Westray to Papa Westray route from take off to landing is often accomplished in less than 2 minutes the fastest time recorded was 58 seconds.

Scotland shares their Patron Saint with Russia, Saint Andrew is Patron Saint to both countries and the Scottish Saltire flag is often seen flying in Russia.

Castles, I may have said something about them earlier,There are over 3000 Scottish Castles, that's about one for every 100 square miles.

Prestwick airport in Ayrshire is the only place in Britain that Elvis Presley ever visited but sadly he didn't even get off the plane.

Irn Bru

Scotlands other national drink!
Scotlands other national drink! | Source


Often tourists pronounce the name Scotland's capital city wrong, Edinburgh is actually pronounced Headinbruv without the H at the start or the V at the end, go on give it a try, you know that you want to.

More Interesting Facts about Scotland

The Scottish town Dull has been twinned with the town of Boring in Oregon.

The worlds first color photograph was taken in Scotland it was a picture of a tartan ribbon.

You would never think of Scotland as the most romantic place on earth but the remains of St Valentine are interred at Glasgow’s Blessed St John Duns Scotus.

Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano.

Scotland's Football (soccer) team may be pure rubbish, but we do excel at some sports for instance, Andy Murray is pretty good at tennis and Scotland have a national elephant polo team who have won the world cup on a few occasions.

Sir Sean Connery used to work as a coffin polisher in Edinburgh, his home town. Before that, he was a milkman.

The modern pedal bicycle was invented in the 1800s by a Scottish blacksmith in a tiny hamlet called Keir in Dumfriesshire.

Dull and Boring

Dull and Boring twin towns from Scotland and the United States.
Dull and Boring twin towns from Scotland and the United States. | Source

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Haste Ye Back (COME BACK SOON)

I hope that you enjoyed our little trip to Scotland and will consider coming to visit my beautiful country at some point in the future, if you do please remember to dress for rain, we get a lot of rain in Scotland. If we have a day without rain we call it summer.


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Loved learning about your elephant polo team, Sean Connery's early jobs, Dull and Boring and so much more in your humorous article. Thanks! I would certainly enjoy visiting Scotland someday.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I would love to visit one day.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      Lol, this is an enjoyably humorous article. A day without rain is called summer. That made me laugh. And the 2 minute flight. Just off hand, how long does it take to walk or drive?

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      An amusing way to teach us about Scotland.

      I visited about 10 years ago. As soon as we got over the border, we stopped at a motorway service area for a coffee and something to eat. I couldn't understand a word they said!

      I turned to my husband and said, "what did she say?"

      We did enjoy our stay there. We were camping in a few different locations.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Always love to learn about Scotland. Loved your article Jimmy!


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