Scotland Trivia

Can you answer these questions about the lovely northern country of Scotland?
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedAugust 1, 2013
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What is the capital of Scotland?
Edinburgh
What is Scotland's most populous city?
Glasgow
Who is the patron saint of Scotland?
St. Andrew
What is Scotland's largest lake by volume, famous for the sea monster that lives there?
Loch Ness
What is Scotland's largest lake by area?
Loch Lomond
What city is considered the "capital" of the Scottish Highlands?
Inverness
What Scottish peak is the highest mountain in the British Isles?
Ben Nevis
What is Scotland's national animal? Hint: it's fictional
Unicorn
What popular sport was invented in Scotland?
Golf
What musical instrument is most associated with Scotland?
Bagpipes
What Highland Games event involves throwing a long, wooden pole?
Caber Tossing
What Scottish hero was portrayed by Mel Gibson in "Braveheart"?
William Wallace
What island group lies off the northwest of Great Britain?
Outer Hebrides
What island group lies far to the northeast, past the Orkney islands?
Shetland
What is the name of a pleated skirt for men?
Kilt
What is the name for a criss-cross pattern that sometimes represents a clan?
Tartan
What is Shakespeare's "Scottish Play"?
Macbeth
What is Scotland's largest bank?
RBS
What was the ancient Roman name for Scotland?
Caledonia
Who wrote the "Wealth of Nations", the founding text of the science of economics?
Adam Smith
What celtic language is spoken in Scotland?
Scottish Gaelic
What language / English dialect is spoken in the Scottish lowlands?
Scots
What is "Yes" in the above language?
Aye
What Scottish song is commonly sung on New Years?
Auld Lang Syne
What poet wrote the lyrics to the above?
Robert Burns
What is the name of the famous infantry battalion from the Scottish Highlands?
The Black Watch
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Level 71
Nov 30, 2013
St Andrew's Day won't be a happy one for a lot of Scottish people today.
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2016
Typical Scot, aye greetin'. :)
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Level 63
Dec 2, 2013
Now I have the Loch Lomond song stuck in my head. "You take the high road, and I'll take the low road, and I'll be in Scotland a'fore yaaa. But me and my true love will never meet again, on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Loooomond...."
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Level 78
Aug 31, 2014
The song is why I guessed Lomond. Other than Ness it's the only Loch I knew.
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Level 72
Apr 18, 2018
I know! I love that song <3
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Level 32
Jun 8, 2014
Can you please accept pipes for bagpipes?
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
There are different types of pipes, it's a wide range of instruments. I doubt allowing pipes is close enough.
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Level 64
Oct 17, 2015
A Kilt is not a skirt.
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Level 24
Apr 11, 2016
its hard to describe it to people who would view it as a 'man-skirt' ( which annoys me )
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Level 72
Nov 30, 2016
Agree. Try telling anyone in the backstreets of Edinburgh or Glasgow that the Scots wear skirts and see what happens to you. How about 'traditional item of clothing worn with a sporran'?
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2020
Only English people
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Level 24
May 19, 2020
If you called a kilt a skirt in Glasgow at night you’d probably get battered
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Level 50
Dec 1, 2016
It looks like a skirt though, and if Scots people might punch you for saying so, that doesn't mean it isn't true
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
I say just own it. It looks like a skirt. It's worn by men. I don't see what the big deal is. Anyone who would commit a felony because someone accurately describes their garment probably needs professional help. Funny enough, there's a company in Seattle that's trying to bring back kilts for everyday wear. I haven't seen too many around...
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2020
Quizmaster there's no need to insult Scots because of pride in our national dress. Also it's impossible to commit a "felony" in Scotland-it's just assault ;)
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Level 65
Jan 25, 2020
The Quizmaster didn't insult Scots. The person who insulted you is the one who suggested that a Scot would start a fight just because someone likened a kilt to a skirt. It looks like a skirt. That's not an insult. If you were trying to describe a kilt to someone who'd never seen one, you could bend over backwards with some wordy explanation that wouldn't be clear, or you could just say "it looks like a pleated skirt, except it's for men" and they would immediately understand. I do not see what the problem is.
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Level 78
Jan 25, 2020
I watch Forged in Fire and I've seen several bladesmiths wearing kilts during competitions. (With all those sparks flying it doesn't seem like a smart choice to me, but to each his own.)
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Level 28
Jan 1, 2016
I suggest accepting Gaidhlig as well as Scottish Gaelic
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Okay, but I'll require correct spelling on that one. :)
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Level 71
Nov 30, 2016
...thanks for being lenient with the spelling of Auld Lang Syne
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Level 69
Nov 30, 2016
That wasnae tae difficult
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Level 43
Nov 30, 2016
As a matter of interest, there is only one lake in Scotland and that is the Lake of Menteith
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Level 77
Nov 30, 2016
"The only lake" in what sense?
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Level 43
Nov 30, 2016
All the other inland waters are called Lochs as in Loch Lomond, Loch Ness etc. The Lake of Menteith is the ONLY inland water thatwith that title.
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Level 43
Nov 30, 2016
Another interesting fact is that there is only one body of water within England's "Lake District" which contains the word "Lake", that being Bassenthwaite Lake.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Will be adding that to our interesting facts list!
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Level 50
Dec 1, 2016
Surely loch is just the word used in Scotland for a lake, or fjord (or mere, or water, or lagoon...), but it is still a lake
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Level 43
Dec 1, 2016
All I'm saying is Menteith is the only inland water that is actually called "Lake" and Helen, Bassenthwaite is the only body of water in the Lake district that actually contains the word "Lake". People cite Lake Windermere but really just named Windermere .
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Level 82
Jul 27, 2018
Actually Navaho is right, Windermere and all the others don't have the word lake in the name except Bassenthwaite lake, as if it wasn't long enough already.
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Level 52
Nov 29, 2018
A loch can also be used to describe parts of the sea, usually long narrow(ish) inlets....Loch Long, Loch Sunart, Loch Fyne etc. The word 'Lochain' is also used for smaller bodies of fresh water, and 'myre' is also used but only rarely. Regarding 'Windermere' - it's a mere!
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Level 45
Dec 1, 2016
I think there is a specific meaning for loch which might be different to lake, but they are basically lakes. Scottish people may well disagree though. I think for the purpose of this quiz though, it is best just to put 'lake' (also, if you say the word loch you might be helping some people with the answers and possibly jiggling their memories!)
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Level 32
Dec 5, 2016
Auld lang syne? And all these years I've been singing Old Lang's Eye.
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Level 74
Feb 1, 2017
Dinna fash yourself....
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Level 53
Apr 26, 2017
Haha was stuck at the instrument one and I'm Scottish! Got 25/26 in the end (missed out on the economist).
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Level 72
Oct 3, 2017
Should accept Lallans for Scots
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Level 57
Oct 11, 2017
Since when did the unicorn become national animal of Scotland ??????
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Level 44
Jan 18, 2018
Since the 12th century. Adopted on a coat of arms by William I.
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Level 36
May 31, 2018
You've never done this quiz until you've done this quiz while listening to "I'm Gonna Be" by the Proclaimers
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Level 64
Aug 8, 2018
haggis neeps and tatties need to be on here
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Level 33
Jan 25, 2020
That last one got me ….and I'm Scottish.
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Level 61
Jan 25, 2020
Can you accept Curling for the sport invented in Scotland? Its popular enough to be in the Winter Olympics...
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Level 41
Jan 25, 2020
Haha yeah the entire GB curling team ever is Scottish
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Level 67
Jan 26, 2020
Somehow I thought that was Canada, but I guess it is Scotland
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
Na, it cannae be accepted. Thare ur hundreds o' times as mony golfers as thare ur curlers. (http://scotranslate.com/)
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Level 64
Jan 27, 2020
Not a single scotch question :(
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Level 58
Jan 31, 2020
Macbeth doesn't have a capital B in the middle of the name.
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
Okay
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Level 50
May 12, 2020
Why doesn't Royal Bank of Scotland work for RBS?