With over twenty countries under our belt, we feel more patriotic than ever and for that reason we have put together a list of 25 reasons to visit Scotland. They do say absence makes the heart grow fonder, so here’s why Caledonia will always be our favourite.
1. SCOTTISH REDHEADS
Around 13% of the Scottish population have red hair which is the highest proportion of any other country in the world. A crazy 40% of the population are carriers of the redhead gene. Baby Braves everywhere. It’s not just the humans who have red hair either if you head to The Highlands, you’ll notice even the “coos” are covered in ginger hair!
Believe it or not, chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Glasgow and despite common belief Buckfast was actually made by an Abbey in Devon, yup Englandshire.
4. IRN BRU
Scotland is the only country in the world where Coca-Cola is not the number 1 soft drink. Bonus fact: when asked to donate an item to the National Museum of Scotland, Sean Connery chose a crate of Irn Bru.
In 2009, Thailand’s Kai Bae Beach accidentally used a photo of Berneray island in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides as their promotional picture. Who needs South East Asia when you’ve the bonnie white sands of Scotland?
10. SCOTTISH CASTLES
12. HARRY POTTER
13. BEACHES – PART 2
14. THE LOCH NESS MONSTER (NESSIE)
Chances are you’ve heard of Loch Ness Monster, from the famous Loch Ness. Have you heard of Morag though? The monster of Loch Morar which is actually the deepest Loch in Scotland, with Ness being the largest in terms of Volume. Pub Quiz trivia right there.
20. SCOTTISH GOLF COURSES
Forget pretty petals, the Scotland’s national flower is a feisty wee one just like its people. Legend has it that an Army of King Haakon of Norway, intent on conquering the Scots landed at the Coast of Largs at night to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. In order to move more quietly in the dark the Norsemen removed their shoes. One of Haakon’s men unfortunately stood on the spikey stem of the thistle, shrieked out in pain, alerting the Clansmen of the advancing Norsemen. Needless to say the Scots won that day.
25. ROBBIE BURNS
The National poet and our very own Shakespeare who also wrote the version of Auld Lang Syne the world now sings today. His Birthday is January 25th where traditionally the national dish of haggis, neeps & tatties are enjoyed in his honour.
Hopefully after our wee round up of wizards and whisky, beaches and Buckfast, we have been able to answer the question, why visit Scotland? We are sure that Caledonia is calling you too!