- The official national animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.
- Scotland’s national motto is ‘No one provokes me with impunity’.
- The national flower of Scotland is the thistle.
The above facts speak quite strongly to the national character of Scotland, in a word Cantankerous.
Important to note for travelers
Scotland drives on the left hand side of the road, their definition of roads is somewhat suspect however as many of them are in fact cobbled paths no wider than a single small car.
Scotland uses the same currency as England and Ireland, the British Pound, but like those two nations has their own national figures on their bills, making them distinct from other Pounds in other places within the UK.
They refer to themselves as Scots or Scottish, Scotch is a beverage.
The raincoat was invented in Scotland, so was the Telephone, the reason for this is that the weather is more often than not somewhat unpleasant.
Things that should not be missed
- The Fringe festival in Edinburgh in August, which coincides with some of the only pleasant weather the nation experiences.
- Numerous haunted and spooky tours throughout Edinburgh.
- The Whisky Tour might not leave you with the clearest memories but fuzzy as they may be you will never forget them.
I spent only a few days in Edinburgh traveling from pub to pub by night and from show to show by day. I wish I had spent more time in the outer reaches of Scotland, the small towns lying lonely amid misty hills and bogs, the Scottish folk I met at the pubs were fantastically friendly and able ambassadors for their country but sadly I was pressed for time and couldn’t stay.