Scotland Trivia

Can you guess these facts about the lovely northern country of Scotland?
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedAugust 1, 2013
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Capital of Scotland
Edinburgh
Most populous city
Glasgow
Patron saint
St. Andrew
Largest lake by volume, famous for the sea monster that lives there
Loch Ness
Largest lake by area
Loch Lomond
City considered to be the "capital" of the Scottish Highlands
Inverness
Highest mountain in the British Isles
Ben Nevis
Scotland's national animal (hint: it's fictional)
Unicorn
Most popular sport invented in Scotland
Golf
Musical instrument most associated with Scotland
Bagpipes
Highland Games event which involves throwing a long, wooden pole
Caber Tossing
Hero portrayed by Mel Gibson in "Braveheart"
William Wallace
Island group which lies off the northwest of Great Britain
Outer Hebrides
Island group which lies far to the northeast, past the Orkney Islands
Shetland
Pleated skirt worn by men
Kilt
Criss-cross pattern that sometimes represents a clan
Tartan
Shakespeare work known as the "Scottish Play"
Macbeth
Scotland's largest bank?
RBS
Ancient Roman name for Scotland
Caledonia
Author of "The Wealth of Nations", the founding text of economics
Adam Smith
Celtic language spoken in Scotland?
Scottish Gaelic
Language / English dialect spoken in the Scottish lowlands?
Scots
Word for "yes" in the above language
Aye
Scottish song commonly sung on New Years Day
Auld Lang Syne
Poet who wrote the lyrics to the above
Robert Burns
Famous infantry battalion from the Scottish Highlands
The Black Watch
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Level 73
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 62
Dec 17, 2016
Typical Scot, aye greetin'. :)
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Level 60
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 77
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 76
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 70
Mar 13, 2022
"pipes" should definitely be accepted. That's what they're called 101 times out of 100 in Scotland.
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Level 63
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 75
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 57
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 70
Dec 5, 2020
We do batter pretty much anything, even Mars Bars.
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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 57
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 67
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 77
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 72
Nov 30, 2016
...thanks for being lenient with the spelling of Auld Lang Syne
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Level 70
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 80
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 88
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 31
Mar 13, 2022
This is widely believed but untrue. Presmennan Lake, Lake of the the Hirsel, Lake Louise (in Skibo Castle grounds, not to be confused with the more famous one in Canada) are other Scottish "lakes".
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Level 50
Mar 13, 2022
all three of those are man-made though. not sure it disqualifies them but is an interesting point i think
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Level 47
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 77
Feb 1, 2017
Dinna fash yourself....
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Level 60
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 76
Oct 3, 2017
Should accept Lallans for Scots
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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 67
Aug 8, 2018
haggis neeps and tatties need to be on here
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Level 36
Jan 25, 2020
That last one got me ….and I'm Scottish.
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Level 70
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 57
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 66
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 62
May 12, 2020
Why doesn't Royal Bank of Scotland work for RBS?
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Level 54
Mar 13, 2022
How are the scores so high on this? I know a decent amount as an American and didn’t even get to the average score...
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Level 53
Mar 14, 2022
Erse should be accepted for Scottish Gaelic…