12 Surprisingly Interesting Facts About Scotland

Gingers

Gingers

Scotland has more people with red hair per capita than any other country on the planet. Apparently about 13% of the Scottish population has red hair and approximately 40% carry the recessive redhead gene. Ireland comes second with 10% of redheads.

First International Soccer Match

First International Soccer Match

In 1872, Scotland and England played what was the first ever official international association football match to be played. It was held at the West of Scotland Cricket Club’s ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick.

Morag Monster

Morag Monster

This guy doesn’t quite get the press of the Loch Ness monster but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist. Likewise, it doesn’t mean he does, either. The alleged witnesses have reported it as a large snake-like creature about 30 feet (9 meters) long.

Coastline

Coastline

Scotland is quite a small country in terms of land mass and yet it has a relatively extensive coastline. Mainland Scotland has 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of coastline, which is three times larger than England’s and twice that of France or Spain, much more again if you include all of its islands.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

This is Scotland’s most famous castle and also said to be its most important. It rest on a mountain top high above the nation’s capital, as the site of many battles and other historical events, it has dominated the city skyline for hundreds of years.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Built in 1898, the Glenfinnan Viaduct on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan is a popular site for fans of both architecture and trains. It has been featured on many films and television series including Harry Potter.

Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster

It is fair to say that most of us have heard of the Loch Ness monster. One of the most famous myths in the world, the Loch Ness monster is said to inhabit the loch in the Scottish Highlands. Most pictures and videos that have arisen since modern interest began in 1933, have been proven to be hoaxes.

Scottish Islands

Scottish Islands

Only about one hundred of Scotland’s eight hundred or so islands are permanently inhabited. The remaining islands offer rare natural beauty, breathtaking views and an abundance of unique wildlife.

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle

Scotland has quite a few great examples of medieval castles. Caerlaverock Castle is among the most famous, due to its typical moat and triangular shape. There are around three thousand others around the country.

Scotch Whiskey

Scotch Whiskey

The national drink of Scotland, is of course, Scotch whiskey. One of the most popular and finest whiskeys known to drinkers throughout the world, Scotch whiskey has been in production since the 1400s.

Haggis

Haggis

Scotland is famous for its national dish, haggis. Haggis is a savory pudding full of all sorts of lovely ingredients including sheep’s pluck, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for around three hours.

Where Golf Came From

Where Golf Came From

Golf as we know it is said to have originated in Scotland. Specifically, at the famed course, St. Andrews, where the modern game has been played since way back in the 15th century.