Scotland Travel Guide

Scotland holds very special memories for me.

As kids we used to finish our summer with a trip up to the Isle of Arran. My mum was a teacher and would join her geography class on their field trip to this magical island. Whilst they were measuring river flow or taking rock samples, we would head out with my stepdad: hiking up Goatfell, cycling the hilly roads, trying to convince him to let us have a sip of whisky at the distillery or photographing adders out amongst the dry-stone walls. Bliss.

I am ashamed today I haven't spent much time in Scotland since, but all that changed in 2018 with a trip to Edinburgh, and I've caught the bug again.

If the landscape of Scotland doesn't draw you in, then the people will. The kindness, generosity, warmth and sharp humour of the Scots never fails to amaze me, and is a stark counterpoint to the hectic cold nature of my workplace in London.

I'll definitely be making Scotland are more regular destination from now on, and I look forward to adding to this page.

Places of Interest in Scotland

Useful Scotland Information

ℹ️ Information and Stats

LOCATION

Scotland is in western Europe and is part of the island of Great Britain which also includes Wales and England. It is also part of the United Kingdom (UK) which includes Northern Ireland.

It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by water.

It is the most northerly part of the UK. Heading west from most of the coastline will see you next hit land at Newfoundland in Canada, and the remote Shetland Islands will see you level with Scandinavian towns such as Bergen. Cold!!!

POPULATION

The population of the Scotland is around 5.25 million (April 2018), which means there are 2 million less people living here that in London.

LANGUAGE

The main language of Scotland is English.

However, Scots speak several languages and dialects.

A large proportion of the population speak 'Scots' which has many dialects such as Lallans or Doric. In the latest census this was around 30% of the population. There is some debate about whether this truly is a separate language to English.

Around 1% of the population speak Gaelic, generally in the Western Highlands and Islands

Find out more information about Scottish dialects here.
TIME DIFFERENCE

Scotland is at GMT during the winter but observes daylight saving in the summer to make the most of the sunlight.

During the summer Scotland moves an hour ahead of GMT which is known as 'British Summer Time'

The clocks change forward 1 hour on the last Sunday in March and 'fall back' in autumn (or fall) by 1 hour on the last Sunday in October.

Be aware, that due to its distance from the equator, the hours of daylight drop sharply in the Scottish winter. In the extreme north, the Shetland Isles drops to 6 hours of daylight, whilst further south in Edinburgh, they will see around 7 hours of daylight.

THE FLAG

The flag of Scotland is a white cross on a blue background. The cross represents the cross of the patron saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew, and the background represents the blue sky it sits against.

The flag is called the 'Saint Andrew's Cross' or 'The Saltire'

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