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About Scotland

About Scotland

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn
  • The oldest yew tree in the world (over 3000 years old) can be seen at Fortingall in Perthshire
  • The oldest building in Scotland dates to 3100BC at Skara Brae
  • The highest mountain is Ben Nevis at 4400ft
  • Scotland’s motto is “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit” which translates as “No-one provokes me with impunity”
  • The smallest distillery in Scotland is the Erdradour Distillery at Pitlochry
  • St. Andrews is known as the home of golf with the first recorded rounds played there in the 15th Century
  • The Old Course St Andrews dates to 1574,  and is seen as a place of pilgrimage for golfers from around the world
  • Scotland has produced many great inventors including John Logie Baird (Television: 1925), Alexander Graham Bell (Telephone: 1876), and Charles Rennie Macintosh (Raincoat: 1824)
  • There are over 4000 registered tartan designs, although many of these have never been woven
  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • Bagpipes were imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • The lawnmower was invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland’s first licensed distillery was Glenlivet in 1823
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. In 1572 the first all-iron skates were manufactured in Scotland. The first skate club in Edinburgh dates from 1742