The northernmost country in the United Kingdom, although possibly not for much longer. The most recent referendum (2014) saw the Scots vote to stay a part of the UK, but in light of Brexit it is highly uncertain that that outcome would remain the same.

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  • Capital: Edinburgh
  • Population: 5.5 million
  • Currency: Pound sterling (£)
  • Language: Scottish, English
  • Highlights:
    • Edinburgh: vibrant city with an impressive hilltop castle, a festive Fringe Festival and something always going on.
    • Glasgow: Scotland’s biggest city, it was the host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and site of the incredible Glasgow University (which rings bells of similarity with the University of Otago)
    • Loch Ness: Loch means lake – see if you can spot the famed folklore monster!
  • Did you know?
    • Scotland’s national animal is the unicorn. Go figure.
    • About 13% of the population has red hair, the highest proportion in the world.
    • The Scots invented golf, way back in the 15th century.
    • Scotland is made up of over 700 islands.
    • One of Scotland’s most famous products, whisky, was actually invented in China.
  • Useful tips:
    • Don’t order your whisky with ice. Try it on it’s own, then maybe add a few drops of water, and only if it is still unbearable is it acceptable to add ice.
    • Tennent’s Lager is Scotland’s most consumed beer and has been brewed in Glasgow for over 400 years.
    • Edinburgh and Glasgow are only 1 hour apart.