10 fun facts about Scotland!

You all probably know about Scotland, about its beautiful scenery and its wild lands with nature at its best, you might also know about its history but there might be something you still don’t know!
We delved a little deeper and discovered in fact a few interesting and funny trivia!

1. The official animal of Scotland is the unicorn. In Celtic mythology it’s a symbol of purity and power.
Fun Fact 1 - Unicorn
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2. Scotland is home to the world’s tallest hedge. It is located near Meikleour on the A93 Perth-Blairgowrie road. The hedge is over 1,700 feet in length and 100 foot high.
Fun Fact 2 - Tallest Hedge
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3. Did you know the first ever Nessie sighting was in 565AD by St Columba? According to legend, a “water beast” attacked the Irish monk’s servant.
Fun Fact 3 - Loch Ness
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4. Talking about Nessie, you might now meet Morag, the monster of Loch Morar.
This large and elusive female is said to have attacked two fishermen in August 1969. They saw a creature described as around 30ft long with rough brown skin, three large humps and a snake-like head.
Also, Loch Morar is even deeper than Loch Ness, and with its 1,077 feet it is in fact the 17th deepest lake in the world.
Fun Fact 4 - Morag Monster of Loch Morar
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5. The oldest known tree in Europe is the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, Scotland. It is between 2,000 and 3,000 years old.
Fun Fact 5 - Oldest Tree
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6. At the famous Highland Games, first celebrated in the 11th century, contestants show off their skills at hammer throw and even haggis-hurling.
Fun Fact 6 - Highland Games
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7. ‘Braveheart’ was actually the nickname of Robert the Bruce and not William Wallace. Despite this, Mel Gibson used the name for Wallace in his Hollywood movie.
Fun Fact 7 - Robert The Bruce Statue
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8. At least 40% of Scots have the red hair gene in their DNA.
Fun Fact 8 - Ginger Heads Parade
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9. The little town of Bonnybridge has more than 300 reported UFO sightings every year.
Fun Fact 9 - UFO
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10. Scotland is well renowned for its whisky but what few people know is that whisky was invented in China and first distilled by monks in Ireland in the early 15th century before reaching Scotland 100 years later.
Fun Fact 10 - Whisky
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