Things you might not know about Scotland

Scotland is a country full to the brim of surprises and culture.

In light of this, we’ve created a list of things you may not know about the nation, give yourself a point of each answer and let us know below how many you knew.

 

  • Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn and has been for over 2,500 years.

 

 

  • 13% of the Scottish popular are ginger – making it the highest proportion of any country in the world.

 

  • Scotland is considered the home & inventor of Golf, with the first recorded game happening in St. Andrews.

 

  •  Edinburgh was the first city to have an organised fire brigade. Look out for monument commemorating this achievement.

 

 

  • Scotland has 790 islands, and each are beautiful. However, only 1/4th of them are inhabited.

 

  • Chicken Tikka Masala was originated in 1971 in Glasgow, Scotland. The dish was created by a Pakistani chef after a customer complained his original curry tasted dry.

 

  • There are more folk with Scottish heritage living in the US than there is in Scotland itself.

 

 

  • Scotland’s wee town of Bonnybridge is the considered the UFO capital of the world with more than 300 sightings reported annually!

 

  • Scotland boasts the world’s tallest hedge, standing at 1,700 ft in length.

 

 

  • The importation of haggis to the USA has been illegal since the 1970’s – so you’ll just have to come here to enjoy it.
Thank you for reading.
Don’t forget to let us know how many you knew.

Learn Important Scottish Slang

This is a very informative blog. It shall be ‘pure’ helpful to use during your trip to Edinburgh.

Let us know if you have learnt anything new in these terms, there’s plenty where that came from.

We’ll look forward to hearing your best Scottish accents at check-in!

 

Haud yer wheesht

Meaning: Be quiet

Example: ‘Oi haud yer wheesht, will ya?’

Translation: ‘Hello, can you please be quiet’

 

Auld

Meaning: Old

Example: ‘Happy Birthday, Yer getting auld noo’

Translation: ‘Happy Birthday, You are getting old now’

 

Bairn/We’an

Meaning: Baby, Small child

Example: ‘Aw, look et the bonnie wee bairn’

Translation: ‘Aw, look at the beautiful little baby’

 

Oot

Meaning: Out

Example: ‘Am gawn oot the night, you keen?’

Translation: ‘I’m going out tonight, would you like to join me?’

 

Banter

Meaning: Thrilling conversation, witty repartee or wisecracks.

Example: ‘You have braw banter, pure good chat.’

Translation: ‘You are really funny, not boring to talk too’

 

Aye

Meaning: Yes

Example: ‘ Aye, geez us twa pints o bitter’

Translation: ‘Yes, can I please have two pints of Pale Ale’

 

Isnae

Meaning: Isn’t

Example: ‘That isnae right, I dinnae kin why’

Translation: ‘That isn’t right, I don’t know why’

 

Braw

Meaning: Good

Example: ‘That’s pure braw haggis, neeps and tatties’

Translation: ‘That is very good haggis, turnip and potatoes’

 

Bosie

Meaning: To hug or embrace someone

Example: ‘C’mere, do you need a wee boise?’

Translation: ‘Come over, would you like a hug?

 

Ken

Meaning: To know

Example: ‘Dae you ken wit am sayin?’

Translation: ‘Do you know what I mean?’

 

Mawkit/Clerty

Meaning: Dirty

Example: ‘Yer troosers are pure mawkit’

Translation: ‘Your trousers are very dirty’

 

Loon/Laddie

Meaning: A young man

Example: ‘Fit a braw laddie, affy peely-wall though’

Translation: ‘What a great gentleman, very pale though’

 

Quine/Lassie

Meaning: A young woman

Example: ‘She’s a bonnie lookin’ quine’

Translation: ‘She’s a beautiful young woman’

 

Dogs Dinner

Meaning: Messy

Example: ‘Ma hair is a dogs dinner, its blowing a hoolie ootside’

Translation: ‘My hair is very messy after that wind outside’

 

Yaldi

Meaning: Excitement or joy

Example: ‘It’s Friday, lets gan yaldi!’

Translation: ‘It’s Friday, let’s go wild!’

 

Scran

Meaning: Food/Snacks

Example: ‘I’m awa for the messages, I’m pure hank marvin for some scran’

Translation: ‘I’m away to the supermarket, I’m very hungry for food’

 

Steamin’/Off Yer face

Meaning: Drunk/Tipsy

Example: ‘I’m barry steamin, tae much whisky’

Translation: ‘I’m very drunk, I’ve had too much whisky’

 

Dinnae Kin

Meaning: Don’t know

Example: ‘I dinnae kin, ma heid’s mince’

Translation: ‘I don’t know, I’m a little mixed up’

 

Baltic

Meaning: Cold temperatures

Example ‘It’s barry baltic, geez us yer tammy’

Translation: ‘It’s very cold, can I borrow your hat?’

 

Ye make a better door than a windae

Meaning: I can’t see past you

Example: ‘Oi loon, ya make a better door than a windae’

Translation: ‘Excuse me sir, I cannot see past you, would you mind moving

 

If you know any useful slang, don’t forget to share them in the comments below!