The 10 things unique to Scotland that are worth a visit
Scotland is a country of gorgeous scenery, rich history, and wonderful people. There are many reasons why you should visit this beautiful country and why this nation is appealing to so many around the world. We made a list of ten things that make Scotland so unique. Check them out!
The Scots invented golf
The Old Course at the seaside town St Andrews – on the east coast of the country – is considered to be the place where the sport golf was born. Since the 15th century, golf has been played here and is still a special site for many golf fans.
Scotland has three officially recognized languages
English, Scots, and Scottish-Gaelic are the three official languages of the country. English is the language mainly used (99%), followed by Scots. Scots – a language that can be spoken by 30% of Scottish citizens – is a Germanic Language that is often categorized as an old variety of the English language. Scottish Gaelic is a minority language that only 1% of the Scots is speaking today.
Scotland is home to the oldest European tree
The small town of Fortingall in Perthshire is home to a tree with the name, Fortingall Yew, an ancient conifer native to Britain. Located in the churchyard, it is estimated to be 3,000 – 5,000 years old, which means it is Europe´s oldest tree. The tree, with an impressive trunk of 16 meters in diameter, is still in good health so visitors to Scotland may admire its beauty still for many more centuries.
If you ask people what they associate with Scotland, they will mostly say whisky. And that’s right – whisky has been the national drink of this country for centuries (since 1494), and Scotch whisky (often referred to as just “Scotch”) ranks among the finest and most desired whisky in the world.
Scotland’s beautiful islands
Few people know that Scotland pride oneself with around 790 islands. Only about 100 of them are permanently inhabited, the remaining islands offer pristine nature and unique wildlife. However, also the northern and western isles of Scotland offer extraordinary landscapes, rugged coastlines and plenty of wildlife. Some islands are remote, and selvage (like the Shetlands) whereas others are easily accessible (like Mull and Skye). Whichever island you choose to visit, you’ll always be treated with the most scenic views.
Perched high above the capital city, the Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most important and famous castle.
Already for hundreds of years, the castle is the principle landmark in Edinburgh’s skyline and had played a major role in numerous historical battles throughout Scottish history.
Unique Scottish coastline
Even though Scotland is a relatively small country, it has a very long coastline. With more than 9.000 kilometers of shoreline is of Despite being a relatively small country, Scotland has an unusually long and indented 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. If you include the numerous islands, it increases to an astonishing 10,250 miles (16,500 km).
Situated deep in the Highlands, Ben Nevis is – at 1,344 meters (4,409 feet) – the highest mountain in the U.K. Offering stunningly spectacular views, Ben Nevis attracts viewers, hikers and climbers alike to celebrate the tranquility of the surrounding nature. Estimates suggest there are about 100,000 ascents on Ben Nevis every year.
Scotland’s amazing railways
Fans of Harry Potter will remember the scene in which a steam train brings children to Hogwarts through a spectacular countryside crossing a dramatic viaduct. This viaduct is called Glenfinnan and forms part of the West Highland Railway Line running from Fort William to Mallaig. Stunning views also form the background of the rail crossings over the bridges Forth and Tay on Scotland’s east coast. The rest of Scotland’s rail network is still a kind of cheap way to visit almost every corner of Scotland.
These vast stretches of water are a unique feature of the Scottish landscape, and there are thousands of them dotted across the country. There are large ones, deep ones, and hidden ones, all waiting to be explored. Lochs are perfect for a relaxed loop walk and are perfect places to spot of wildlife, flora, and fauna on your wanders. The most famous is Loch Ness, thanks to the legendary Monster Nessie, that cannot be missed when crossing the Scottish Highlands.