Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Which Scottish city became Britain's second largest city in the Victorian era, after earning its riches through engineering, ship building, iron, steel and the textile industries?||Where in Scotland
Glasgow. Glasgow is Scotland's largest city. Edinburgh is second and Aberdeen third.
Royal Deeside. This is where the Royals like to take their holidays in Scotland.
|In which region in Scotland are the mountains higher, the distances greater between villages and towns? This region is the stronghold of the Gaelic language.||Where in Scotland
Galloway. Bruce's Stone is where King Robert the Bruce defeated the English by rolling large boulders down on top of them from above Loch Trool.
|Where in Scotland do people call girls and boys 'Quines' and 'Loons'?||Where in Scotland
The North East. 'Quines' are girls and 'Loons' or 'Louns' are boys.
|Which Scottish city hosts the 'International Festival of Music and Drama', every August?||Where in Scotland
Edinburgh. This festival includes the 'Military Tatoo' and the 'Festival Fringe'.
|In which region of Scotland would you find the town of St Andrews, the home of golf?||Where in Scotland
Fife. Also known for the fact that Prince William's university is there.
Aberdeen. Often called 'The Granite City' or 'Europe's Oil Capital'.
Dundee. The Royal Research Ship Discovery was built in Dundee and used by Captain Scott during his Antarctic Expedition of 1901 to 1904.
Edinburgh. This is the Queen's official residence in Scotland. It has been the setting for many historical events, including the murder of Mary Queen of Scot's secretery David Riccio.
|Which Scottish city was famous for 'Jute,Jam and Journalism'?||Around Scotland
Dundee. Dundee is a city on the north shore of the Firth of Tay.
Jute: was produced in the 18th century to supplement linen production.
Jam: Janet Keillor from Dundee invented marmalade in the 1700s, her son James opened Keillor's factory - now famous the world over for jams and marmalades.
Journalism: DC Thompson, publishers of The Dandy, The Beano and others was established in 1905 and today employs around 2000 people.
Aberdeen. Aberdeen - the Granite City, named after its famous grey granite architecture - is a city and seaport on Scotland's NE coast which has gained in importance since the developement of the North Sea oilfields in the 1970s and is also the centre of Scotland's waning fishing industry.
Yes. Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, was purpose-built for the 1970 Commonwealth Games
Morar. At 1,077 feet (328 metres) deep, Loch Morar is the deepest in Scotland and rankesd seventeenth deepest lake in the world.
|Leanach farmhouse can be seen on which moorland field of battle?||Around Scotland
Culloden. Battle of Culloden 1746: The Jacobites led by Charles Edwart Stewart were defeated near Inverness by government forces under the Duke of Cumberland, son of George II.
Staffa. Fingal's cave was the inspiration for Mendelssohn's 'Hebridean Overture'. This is a sea cave formed by basalt lava flows which cooled to form hexagonal columns like those of the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.
Bell's. Bell's is a world famous Scotch whisky.
Isle of Bute. Rothesay is a 30 minute ferry ride from the mainland and was a popular seaside destination for Victorian Scots. Rothesay Castle was the ancestral seat of the Stuart Kings of Scotland.
Note: Isles of Sheppey and Wight are part of England, Isle of Man is in the Irish Sea.
Holyrood House. Founded as an Augustine monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyrood House has been inhabited by successive kings and queens including Mary Queen of Scots and is Queen Elizabeth the Second's official residence in Scotland. Today the Palace is the setting for State Ceremonies and official entertaining, but is open to visitors throughout the year.
Distillery. Situated near Pitlochry this distillery was established in 1825. Entrance is free with a guided tour and video presentation. A word of warning - mind your head as you enter Reception, this really is the smallest distillery in Scotland!
Crathes Castle. The Green Lady is one of Scotland's most famous ghosts. She has been seen in Crathes Castle in Aberdeen, dressed in green and sometimes holding a baby in her arms.
|In what Scottish village can you find a yew tree that scientists say is about 3,000 years old?||A Scotland Quiz, Lass
Fortingall. Fortingall is north of Loch Tay. The villagers there say that a twisted yew tree is the oldest living tree in all of Europe.
t. Charles Macintosh, a chemist born in Glasgow, is credited with having invented the raincoat. In Great Britain a raincoat is still called a mackintosh, or a "mac".
t. Scots have their own terms for lakes, hills, forests, and other natural formations. A small stream is called a "burn"; an estuary in the sea is called a "firth"; a valley is called a "glen"; a meadow or island is called an "inch"; a lake is called a "loch". A large tract of open land is called a "moor". Heaps of stones at the bottom of a hill is called "scree". And a large, flat river valley is a "strath".
No. Scotch is a type of whisky made in Scotland. Scottish people are properly referred to as Scots or even British, most of them prefering to be called Scots. They will forgive you if you make a mistake and call them Scotch, but NEVER call them English!
Tapadh leat. "Thig a-staigh" means "come in"; "an-diugh" means "today"; and "mar sin leat" means "goodbye". Gaelic is an ancient language, but it is estimated that 80,000 people use it in everyday speech. However, no one in Scotland speaks only Gaelic and not English. Some train stations list both the English and Gaelic name for a town.
f. The highest point is Ben Nevis at 4,406 feet. In Scottish usage it means "mountain covered by fog".
Presbyterian (Church of Scotland). The Church of Scotland is Presbyterian and is governed by 1250 officers called elders. The Church of Scotland is often called the Kirk, an old Scots Gaelic word.
1314. In 1314, the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, defeated the English army, led by Edward II, at the Battle of Bannockburn, giving them independence.
|How many islands make up the Orkney Islands?||Scotland
70. The Orkney Islands are made up of 70 small islands which are all situated at the north of Scotland.
|Well we can't have a Scottish quiz without mentioning our most famous monster! In which year was the first ever recorded LAND sighting of the loch Ness monster?||Scotland
1933. The first sighting of Nessie on land was made by Mr Spicer and his wife, on July 22nd 1933. They were driving down the road between Loch Ness side villages of Dores and Inverfarigaig. They saw a large cumbersome animal crossing the road ahead, which was some 20 yards from the water.