Scotland is 1/3 of Great Britain in a rather spectacular way
Scotland occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain and its mainland divides the border with England to the south. The land is 80,239.47 km2 in area, and has almost 800 small islands in four main groups: the Shetland Islands, Orkney, and the Hebrides, divided into the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
The population of Scotland is estimated to be 5,327,700. St. Andrew is the patron saint, and his feast day is celebrated on the 30. November, is a public holiday in Scotland.
The highest mountain is Ben Nevis (1,344 meters). It is the highest in the UK.
The longest river is Tay / Tummel (188 km) and the largest lake (known as a “loch” in Scottish) is Loch Lomond (71 km2).
Loch Ness is 227 meters deep so any monster can hide here, including Nessie
Loch Ness – famous for its alleged monster called Nessie – is 56.4 km2 in area and at its deepest is 227 meters deep – deep enough to be a comfortable home for any monster.
Unst in the Shetland Islands is the northernmost populated island among the British Isles. It is 120 km2 in area, with a population of 632. The Muckle Flugga lighthouse at the northernmost part of Unst is only 300 km from West Norway.
Scotland has 40 designated National Scenic Areas . They include mountain areas such as Skye Cuillins, Ben Nevis and Glencoe, and island landscapes in the Hebrides and northern islands as well as gentle and picturesque landscapes in Perthshire, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.
The Queen and her family spend their summers at Balmoral in the Cairngorm National Park in Aberdeenshire. The Queen inherited Balmoral Castle from his father King George VI. It is open to the public from April to the end of July.
Scotland speaks 149 other languages than English
English is the most important language spoken here. Scottish is mainly a spoken language, with a variety of local flavors, each with its own distinctive character. The old Celtic language Gaelic is still spoken by some Scots. Thanks to a diverse and growing population, Scotland is also home to 150 different languages. Some are only spoken by a few, others are the first language in the whole community.
Are you ready for more Scotland?
- Inverness and Loch Ness. Scotland is full of adventure!
- Amazing castles in Scotland.
- Learn more about Scotland
- New Hebrides, so pristine, and what a place to visit
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