Five Fascinating Facts About Scotland and the Scottish People

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Five Fascinating Facts About Scotland and the Scottish People

Whether you’re excitedly planning a trip to the land of whisky and tartan, or else simply satisfying your wanderlust by dreaming of your next vacation to Europe, the more you learn about Scotland, the more you’ll want to go there.

So, with that said, continue reading to learn five fascinating facts about Scotland and the Scottish people.

1. It’s Home to the World’s Largest Arts Festival

First and foremost, if there’s one thing you need to know about the Scots, it’s that they love to enjoy themselves, with whisky being a matter of course with a meal and with the country’s capital, Edinburgh, playing host to the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Fringe takes place at the end of August every year and attracts comedians, comedy actors, playwrights, and every kind of other artist, creating an atmosphere and ambience that is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness.

2. Textiles Are a Matter of Pride

Premier Stays Fife is the ideal base for your Scottish vacation and will afford you the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything that Scotland and its people have to offer, perfectly located to easily access a host of the country’s most famous tourist attractions.

To truly get into the spirit of Scotland, you also need to be aware of just how important clans, tartans and family pride are to the Scots, and what most people don’t know is that there are plenty of other fabrics and textiles dear to the locals.

Aside from tartan, the Outer Hebrides (a group of islands off the Scottish coast) are famous for producing Harris Tweed, Shetland create the incredibly distinctive brand of woolen jumpers and the Scottish Borders are responsible for producing the finest and most luxurious cashmere.

3. Scotland Houses Europe’s Oldest Tree

Next, located in the tiny village of Perthshire in, you guessed it, Perthshire, is The Fortingall Yew, which is one of the oldest living entities on the entire continent of Europe.

Thought to be 4–9,000 years old, The Fortingall Yew is one of the main tourist attractions in the area.

4. Scottish People Love to Drink

Scotland is home to over 120 whisky distilleries, and just a short drive through the Scottish countryside will convince you that the rumors of Scottish people loving whisky couldn’t be more accurate.

Interestingly, as famous the connection between Scotland and whisky obviously is, recently, Scottish breweries have been forging a new path by making a name for themselves as gin distillers, too.

5. Myths & Legends Aren’t to Be Mocked 

You don’t need to be someone who enjoys a good mythical tale to appreciate the impressive landscape that Scotland has to offer, but unavoidably, part and parcel of the allure of such spectacular sights are the legends behind them.

From the world-famous Loch Ness monster in, well, Loch Ness, to the fairy people of the water pools of Skye, not only are monsters and legends a huge part of Scottish culture, but many locals won’t thank you for laughing at their validity.

Sam is a professional content marketer that loves to share her knowledge by publishing blogs online. She has spent the last five years in offering digital marketing services to many leading brands. Also, she is an avid reader and gamer who loves to try new video games with her friends.

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