Not only is Scotland incredibly beautiful, it is fascinating too. Here at Mackays we love being able to show our guests just what we love about our local area, but we think that to truly love Scotland you should know more about it.
To teach you all about the country that we love, we have put together some of the most interesting facts about Scotland.
The longest echo ever
The Hamilton Mausoleum in South Lanarkshire is known to have the longest echo of any man-made structure in the world. It is thought to last a rather impressive 15 seconds.
It may not be completely surprising, but Scotland has more than 600 square miles of freshwater lakes throughout the country. That means that there may be more than one Nessie floating around under the surface!
A man’s best friend
Ever heard of the loyal Skye Terrier Grey Friar’s Bobby who sat on his owner’s grave for 14 years? Well he was born and bred in Edinburgh.
The official animal of Scotland
An eagle, a cow or perhaps a cat? No. The official animal of Scotland is none other than the Unicorn. Can’t say that is one we have seen much of in the Highlands.
Keeping you dry since 1824
Own a mac? If you do then you have your very own piece of Glaswegian technology. The raincoat was invented by Charles Macintosh (hence the name) in 1824, a man that was born in Glasgow. When you take a look at the weather we often see in Scotland, it really is no surprise.
A nation of gingers
Around 13 per cent of people in Scotland have red hair. This means it has the highest proportion of redheads in the world. Power to the gingers!
If you happen to travel down the A93 Perth to Blairgowrie Road, then you may see the world’s largest hedge. Found near Meikleour this particular bush is over 1.700 feet in length and 100 feet high.
Is there life out there?
The people of Bonnybridge definitely think so. In fact, with over 300 sightings of UFOs and possible little green men seen every year. This small Scottish town has become the UFO Capital of the world.
We all have a lot to thanks the Scots for
Do you watch a TV? Call friends on your phone? Of course you do! Well, you have Scotsmen to thanks for both of these things. John Logie Baird created the first TV picture in October 2nd 1925 and Alexander Graham Bell was responsible for the creation of the telephone in February 1876.
Want to see more about Scotland up close and personal? Why not book in to stay with us here at Mackays Hotel? We are always ready to welcome you with our warm Scottish hospitality, something that brings people back time and time again.