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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Scotland?

Updated on September 14, 2014

Are you ready for the Scottish Quiz?

Are you up for a challenge?

Then have a go at this quick and easy Scottish quiz to test your knowledge on a mix of Scottish history, culture and tradition.

How much do you really know about this land of lochs and castles? Do you know a haggis from a sporran?

I'd love to hear how you did in this Scotland quiz. Best of luck!


Test Your Knowledge of Scottish Trivia

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Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Queen of Scots | Source

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots was a fascinating - and tragic - character.

The daughter of King James V of Scotland, she was raised in France by that country's king, Henri II. Here she was betrothed to his son, Francis. They were married in 1558 and when Francis became King Francis II of France in 1559, Mary became Queen Consort of France in addition to being Queen Mary I of Scotland.

However, Francis II died young, and Mary returned to Scotland as a widow in 1561. She married a cousin, Lord Darnley, but he was over-ambitious and the marriage became a liability to Mary. He was assassinated at his Edinburgh home, reputedly by his rival to Mary's affections, the Earl of Bothwell. Mary married Bothwell in 1567.

This was a disastrous move that led to an uprising. Mary was imprisoned on an island in the middle of Loch Leven. Her one-year old son James was made King.

Mary escaped and fled to England, but here she had already made an enemy of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Mary's cause was not helped by a plot to place her on the English throne in the place of Elizabeth.

So it was that Mary Queen of Scots spent the next 18 years of her life imprisoned. Although Elizabeth I had been reluctant to issue the order to have Mary executed, she eventually did so in 1587. Mary Queen of Scots died by the axe. Many viewed this Catholic queen as a martyr.

Read more about Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel
Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel

This highly rated novel by Margaret George traces the troubled life of this Scots Queen. Lighter reading than a history book, the novel is nonetheless based on fact and will leave you feeling as if you had met Mary Queen of Scots for yourself.


The Highlands of Scotland

Bonnie Prince Charlie
Bonnie Prince Charlie | Source

The Battle of Culloden

The Battle of Culloden took place at Culloden Moor in 1746. The battle was fought between the British Government Army (composed of Highland Scots, Lowland Scots and Englishmen, fighting in the name of King George II) and the Jacobites (mainly Highland Scots, backed by the French).

The Jacobites were led by Charles Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, and were fighting to have reinstate the Stuarts as monarchs of Great Britain.

The well-armed and well-trained Government Army crushed the mostly volunteer Highland Clansmen of the Jacobites in a brutal defeat. Bonnie Prince Charlie fled for his life, eventually escaping to Skye disguised as a woman, with the help of Flora Macdonald, and from there back to France - never to return to Scotland.


Scottish food

The Scottish diet is not known for being the healthiest in the world! Scottish junk food consists of pies and bridies (meat pastries) washed down with a bright orange fizzy drink called Irn Bru (iron brew - 'made in Scotland from girders' as their slogan goes).

However, there are some wonderful traditional Scottish dishes designed to warm your belly in the cold Scottish climate. These include soups with names like Cock-a-leekie (leek and chicken) and Cullen Skink (smoked fish, potato and onion).

With deer abundant in Scotland, venison is often on the menu at fine dining establishments. Roast Aberdeen Angus beef is another favourite meat. Haggis, as you may have learned in the quiz, is made from a sheep's stomach and is traditionally eaten on Burn's Night.

A Scotsman's (and Scotswoman's) breakfast in the winter is often porridge (properly spelled 'porage' here!). The Scottish way to prepare this oatmeal dish is with rolled oats, water and a pinch of salt. However, many prefer it with milk and sugar these days.

For a sweet treat, there are a number of sugary cakes and confectionery treats that include tablet (a brittle, sugary, fudge-like treat), Edinburgh rock (it looks like coloured chalk and is very high in sugar!), and the ever-popular shortbread ('millionaire's shortbread' has a caramel and chocolate topping).

Learn how to cook Scottish food

Scots Cooking: The Best Traditional and Contemporary Scottish Recipes
Scots Cooking: The Best Traditional and Contemporary Scottish Recipes

Proving that Scottish food can be delicious, this book includes breakfasts, meat dishes and baked goods. Covers a selection of modern and traditional Scots recipes.


© 2009 Indigo Janson

Are you a true Scot at heart? - How did you do?

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  • IanTease profile image


    4 years ago

    Annoyed with myself for getting the terrier question wrong but otherwise enjoyed the quiz, a really fun lens, cheers.

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    5 years ago

    Well, I did much better than I expected, no fear of being beheaded LOL Thanks for teaching me a little more about Scotland!

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    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @rattie lm: Thanks for stopping by and taking the quiz, rattie! Also thank you for pointing out another famous Scot. There does seem to be an impressive amount of them for a country with a small population.

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    rattie lm 

    5 years ago

    As a Scot I was worried about getting any of the quiz questions wrong. Thank goodness it was only baout the dogs. As kids we used to jump rope singing 'Mary Queen of Scots gor her head chopped off'. Very sensitive we were, but I guess it sticks in your mind, just for quizes such as yours! we have lots of memorable Scottish people. You do know the story of Alexander Fleming, don't you? His village was right next door to mine, clearly at a different time in history!

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    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @LoriBeninger: Well as you probably know, he did live part of his life in Canada, but was a Scot by birth and grew up in Scotland. Then later in life he took up US citizenship, so all 3 nations these days lay claim to him!

  • LoriBeninger profile image


    5 years ago

    I always thought Alexander Graham Bell was a Canadian! Great lens (as always). Thank you.

  • cgeertsc profile image


    5 years ago

    I would love to go to schotland one day

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @Namsak: No worries, it wasn't an easy one. Thanks for having a go!

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    5 years ago

    I am a Scot through and through but only got 90% in your quiz - groan!

  • realgooner profile image


    5 years ago

    Great, I have got 100% answer. All those cultural journeys in last two years have been worthwhile.

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    blestman lm 

    5 years ago

    Learned a few things about Scotland. Great quiz. Thank you

  • Cynthia Haltom profile image

    Cynthia Haltom 

    5 years ago from Diamondhead

    Nice quiz I learned a few things about Scotland

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    5 years ago

    Great quiz. I'm from Scotland so should have done well in it and I was pleased with 9/10! :-)

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @racingdatabase: That's an excellent score, it wasn't all that easy even for a Scot. :)

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    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @TanoCalvenoa: Not bad at all, there were some difficult questions! Thanks for having a go.

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    5 years ago

    4/10, I'm not Scottish whatsoever and have never been there or even close to there, so maybe 4 is good considering?

  • James1978 profile image


    5 years ago

    8/10, although I probably should have got them all as I've been there many times.

  • katrinakaifg profile image


    5 years ago

    i got 9/10

  • MrAusAdventure profile image


    5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

    I got 6 out of 10. I have been there and loved the country, the scenery and the history was incredible! But, the locals were very hard to understand, especially the drunk ones in the pubs! Now see how you go with my Australia quiz! :-)

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    Leah J. Hileman 

    5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

    Not Scottish, but I have traveled there and very much enjoyed the people, food and scenery.

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    5 years ago from UK

    @LaddersDirect1: I won't tell if you don't! ;)

  • LaddersDirect1 profile image


    5 years ago

    Is it cheating when you're Scottish?

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    5 years ago

    pure ded brilliant so a im see me a goat tim awe richt

  • TracyM1969 profile image


    6 years ago

    och aye the nooo

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @FlynnTheFineFle: Congratulations!

  • StewartClan profile image


    6 years ago

    Nope, but I live here in Scotland. I live in Paisley, which is next to Glasgow. I am English by birth and my husband is Scottish - thus the name!

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    6 years ago

    Aced it. Three visits to Scotland have paid off.

  • VspaBotanicals profile image


    6 years ago

    Not very well, but i learned a lot. Thanks!

  • Deserthorse profile image


    6 years ago

    Got a 90%! Visiting Scotland this fall. Enjoyed your lens.

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    6 years ago

    I'm Scottish, Campbell's, Stewart's, Wallace, and others are in my blood, but I live in the U.S.A. I never been home. Would love to go and stay someday. Really topnotch lens!

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    6 years ago

    80% not too bad, I had a lovely visit to scotland once, but live right on the south coast of England, and I'm Irish!

  • Carashops profile image


    6 years ago

    Lovely little quiz. Enjoyed doing.

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    Elyn MacInnis 

    6 years ago from Shanghai, China

    Yes indeed! You have a lot of important pieces of history here, and I liked the way you set up your lens - Blessed!

  • wolvyz profile image


    6 years ago

    Interesting quiz. Without reading anything, I just got 1 out of 10 correct. I guess I only knew about Scottish Whisky, but now thanks to you I know more.

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    Laraine Sims 

    6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    Only 60%. Not a true Scot ....

  • SheilaMilne profile image


    6 years ago from Kent, UK

    9 out of 10. Should do better married to a Scot but I don't know anythign about dogs. :)

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    SecondHandJoe LM 

    6 years ago

    OMG no,Not based on my quiz score!! I have more studying to do . I'll be back! Thanks for a real nice lens

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    6 years ago

    SCOTLAND!!!! What a lens. You like this lens.... I mean you have an Irn Bru pic!! I am from sunny (yet we have horizontal rain, wind and snow all in one day) Edinburgh. Frrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeedom!! hehe :) Amy x

  • indigoj profile imageAUTHOR

    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @winter aconite: An excellent score. We're going to have to make you an honorary Scot! :)

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    winter aconite 

    6 years ago

    10 out of 10.....not bad for an Italian leaving in England!!!!

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    Indigo Janson 

    6 years ago from UK

    @mogulmedia: Not bad at all, I'd say!

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    6 years ago

    Oh dear, only 7-10 sorry! Don't know if that's good or bad for an Englishman!! Nice lens..

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    Stephen Bush 

    6 years ago from Ohio

    I enjoyed the lens and the quiz, although I stumbled through the thistle in my quiz score.

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    randomthings lm 

    6 years ago

    LOVE this lens. LOVE Scotland. I was there once about 25 years ago and it was amazing. Can't wait to go back.

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    Kara Hara 

    6 years ago

    Interesting quiz

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    6 years ago

    Great quiz.

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    6 years ago


  • piarejuden profile image


    6 years ago

    Yippeee! Aced it.... on the second try!! ;)

  • BlueTrane profile image


    6 years ago

    You need to work my favorite Scottish dog breed into your quiz...and check out my lens life-is-better-with-a-gordon-setter. fun lens! Oh yeah...I like haggis.

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    6 years ago

    I'am living in Belgium, on the 2th of okt'12 we're moving to Bonnie Scotland.

    Proud to have a score of 90%, Alba Gu Brath!! grtz, Lin.

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    6 years ago

    100% says it all :)

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    domjohnson lm 

    6 years ago

    I got 90%! Whoo hoo, I'm smarted than I thought I was! :)

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    6 years ago

    Loved the quiz!

  • Rangoon House profile image


    6 years ago from Australia

    Blessings for another enjoyable quiz and background on Scotland.

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    Saralyn LM 

    6 years ago

    80%, not bad. I think you need a picture of the highland long haired cows on here :)

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    6 years ago

    Not Scot, but enjoy quizzes and learn new things!

    Thanks for fun!

  • brando87 profile image


    6 years ago

    I did ok. I've been living in Scotland for just over a year now.

  • WilliamPower profile image


    6 years ago

    Didn't do too good.

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    6 years ago

    good quiz

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    Johanna Eisler 

    6 years ago

    80% - better than I expected! Thanks!

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    Malu Couttolenc 

    6 years ago

    Didn't do that bad in the quiz but learned a lot finding the answers for the ones i missed. Fun quiz about Scotland

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    Paul Franciskato 

    6 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

    I didn't do very well on the quiz...answering only two questions correctly! I need to do some studying. Though not related to any of the questions on the quiz, I do know that the rock band, Jethro Tull, is from Scotland!

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    6 years ago

    One of my friends lives in Glasgow. One day I'll get over to visit with him!

  • GaelicForge profile image


    6 years ago

    I thought I'd do better- 80% not bad though.

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    6 years ago

    Great lens.. didnt do great on the lens even tho im from the UK!

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    Mary Crowther 

    6 years ago from Havre de Grace

    Nice lens, enjoyed the quiz!

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    Bob Black 

    6 years ago

    Not very well in the quizzes, even though I am half Scots.

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    David Dove 

    6 years ago

    great stuff, thank you

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    6 years ago

    I would love to visit Scotland!

  • JoyfulReviewer profile image


    7 years ago

    Thanks for your educational, yet fun, lens!

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    7 years ago

    10 out of 10

  • adamfrench profile image


    7 years ago

    Must be: 9 out of ten

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    7 years ago

    pass yar- i want to go scotland

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 

    7 years ago from Ljubljana

    Nice one, educational AND fun:) Thanks!

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    Antony J Waller 

    7 years ago from North Yorkshire

    What a great lens...and quiz...I 'aced' it!

  • Robyco profile image


    7 years ago

    Great quiz, 7 out of 10, not bad seeing as I left Scotland when I was 4 years old!

  • CarynJSwift56889 profile image


    7 years ago

    that's cool quiz~

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    Jen Wood 

    7 years ago from Australia

    great quiz. i loved visiting scotland and was made welcome

  • ben186422 profile image


    7 years ago

    Did okay. Could have done better.

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    pimbels lm 

    7 years ago

    i9 out of 10, I surprised myself. Great lens.

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    sukkran trichy 

    7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    learned some thing new from your quiz. thanks

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    Stacy Birch 

    7 years ago

    I did pretty good seven out of ten and I didn't think I knew anything about it.

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    7 years ago

    Great educational article. I learned more than I knew lol. Lensrolled to my camping quiz lens.

  • Bellezza-Decor profile image


    7 years ago from Canada

    I`m part Scot, but back to the drawing board on that quiz!

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    Bill Armstrong 

    7 years ago from Valencia, California

    Woops got the dog wrong

  • wildlens profile image


    7 years ago

    70%. I definitely have to learn more about Scotland. It was fun taking the quiz. Thumbs up! :)

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    Lisa Auch 

    7 years ago from Scotland

    Thankgoodness -- We scored 100% this was great fun! Blessed

  • GeoDitton profile image


    7 years ago

    9 out of 10. Nice lens but if my mum's anything to go by the Scottish way of eating porage doesnt involve a 'pinch' of salt, she pours in tons of the stuff. Butter tablet's nice though.

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    ChrisDay LM 

    7 years ago

    lensrolled to my Quiz - Scotland

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    ChrisDay LM 

    7 years ago

    aced this, to my surprise

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    7 years ago

    7 out of 10 - my dad would not be pleased lol

  • mivvy profile image


    7 years ago

    7 out of 10 quite pleased with myself

  • BrickHouseFabrics profile image


    7 years ago

    I did them all!sneezeworm

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    Tony Payne 

    7 years ago from Southampton, UK

    Thistle, Heather, Thistle, Heather... guessed the wrong one didn't I! But I got the rest right :) Great quiz, I enjoyed that.

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    Katherine T 

    7 years ago from London

    I got the doggie wrong - very silly mistake!

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    7 years ago

    Should have heeded my instincts. The 3 I got wrong were "overthinks". Never a good thing... This was a fun and informative quiz. . Thanks!

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    7 years ago

    Oops, I'm below average again with 60%, guess I must have missed school that day, lol. A lovely quiz for a lovely land!

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    Thomas F. Wuthrich 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Sonofagun....I thought I would do better than this. Of course, I think that about every quiz I take. Got 70%. A braw wee quiz!

  • LouiseKirkpatrick profile image


    8 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

    Nooooooo....I got the dog question wrong....I shall hang my head in shame....(I got everything else right though!!!!!!!) :D

  • squid-janices7 profile image


    8 years ago

    Considering I've been to Scotland and loved it, I am too embarrassed to share my abysmal quiz score. Learned lots of fun facts though so thanks for sharing!


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