With so many reasons to fall in love with Scotland, including its rich history and breath-taking scenery, we celebrate 10 fascinating facts about this land of mountain peaks and nearly 800 coastal islands.
1. 14 regions in Scotland
Surprisingly, Scotland is made up of 14 regions, including Perthshire, where CLC Duchally Country Estate is located amid beautiful scenery. Perthshire is a great place to start exploring some of Scotland’s most fascinating landscapes, history and culture.
2. A wee dram
Scotland and its famous tipple whisky, go together like ´neeps and tatties´ and the ‘liquid gold’ accounts for millions of pounds worth of exports each year. With over 50 varieties of whisky at the Duchally Country Estate Whisky Bar, it’s well worth staying over for a few nights.
3. 14 million visit Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Since the first performance in 1950, over 14 million visitors have attended the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, making it one of Scotland’s all-time greatest events. Mainly military organisations from around the world perform to a huge crowd at Edinburgh Castle in August each year.
4. World famous golf
World famous golf courses in Scotland include Gleneagles, which is just a few kilometres away from CLC Duchally Country Estate. Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. And, as recent hosts of The Ryder and Solheim Cups, the stunning beautiful golf courses, in equally beautiful settings, are as much fun for novices to play as they are for the pros.
5. Endangered Gaelic language
In 2018, along with about half of the world’s estimated 6,000 languages, Scottish Gaelic was considered at risk of dying out. That led the Scottish government in 2018/19 to pour more than £27m into trying to save it. Since 2005 it has been officially protected and promoted but the battle is far from won.
6. Lochs not lakes
Scotland’s larger lakes are known as lochs – Loch Ness probably being the most famous. Many high-tech attempts have been made to locate the famous ‘Loch Ness Monster’ or ‘Nessie’ as she’s known locally – but without success, so far!
7. Haggis – the best of Scottish
Made from the heart, lungs and liver of a sheep, mixed with onion, oatmeal and spices, haggis is traditionally served with ‘neeps and tatties’ – turnips and potatoes. All wrapped up in the animal’s stomach, this Scottish speciality is not for the faint hearted – although vegetarian options are now available!
8. The Bagpipes
The Great Highland bagpipes are native to Scotland and gained widespread recognition when they were used in the British military. The pipes were first linked to Scotland around 1400. Bagpipes in various forms surfaced in many societies including in Ancient Rome and Ancient Egypt.
9. The National Flower of Scotland
The Thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the 13th century and legend has it that barefoot Norse invaders tried to sneak up on Scottish troops, stood on the thistles and their screams alerted the defenders.
Hogmanay is the party to end all parties on New Year’s Eve and the biggest bash of all is held in Edinburgh, just 50 miles from CLC Duchally Country Estate. The partying continues into New Year’s Day and if you’re brave enough, take part in the annual tradition – the Loony Dook. Don a silly outfit and blow the cobwebs away with a dip in the Firth of Forth.