• The world’s first color photograph was taken of a Tartan Ribbon in Scotland.
  • The United Kingdom’s most remote bar is The Old Forge Pub in Scotland. To get there, you can either take a 7-mile ferry, or hike 1 miles over rough terrain.
  • In Gaelic, Scotland is called “Alba.”
  • The 17th deepest lake in the world is Loch Morar in Scotland, which reaches a depth of 1,077 feet.
  • The land area of Scotland is about the same as the Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, and Panama.
  • Scotland had cave dwellers until 1915 when it was outlawed.
  • 432 people own half of the land in Scotland, however there outdoor access laws that allow privately owned land to be freely walked on and used as long as you leave no trace behind.
  • Scotland wanted to build a replica of the Parthenon, bigger and cheaper to be their National Monument. Construction started in 1826, but due to the lack of funds, was left unfinished in 1829. It has been nicknamed “Scotland’s Disgrace.”
  • Bagpipes were invented in Ancient Egypt, and was brought to Scotland by the Roman invaders.
  • Scotland only has 6 officially recognized cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, and Stirling.
  • The oldest known tree in Europe is the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland. It is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.
  • The most famous Scottish dish is haggis. Haggis is typically made with the heart, liver, and lungs of sheep, and boiled with seasoning in the animal’s stomach.
  • Scottish people are more likely to have blue eyes than anyone else in the rest of the United Kingdom.
  • The coastline of Mainland Scotland is 6,160 miles long, which is 3 times longer than England’s.
  • Scotland has its own version of Stonehenge – the Callanish Stones. They were built around 3,000 B.C. on the Isle of Lewis, and no one knows why the stones were erected.

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    Michelle Gabriel is a freelance writer and blogger and currently loving it! Her primary focus and passion is traveling, which she does full time and continues to be her preferred topic when composing articles.