So, you think you know Scotland?
Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions
1.When was William Wallace executed?
William Wallace’s execution was particularly gruesome. After being found guilty at his trial, Wallace was stripped naked, tied to a horse and dragged through the streets of London before being hanged, drawn and quartered. His head was placed on a spike on London Bridge and his limbs sent to Aberdeen, Berwick, Newcastle and Stirling.
2.Which indigenous Scottish bird would you associate with a popular N brand of Scotch whisky?
b. red grouse
The ‘Famous Grouse’ is an international best-selling blend of Scotch whisky, blended from the Glenturret single malt made in Scotland’s oldest single malt distillery, and is also very popular in Greece.
3.Where in Scotland would you find the ‘Lincoln Memorial’?
The memorial was erected in the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh in 1893 in memory of Scottish veterans of the American Civil War. It was the first statue of an American President outside the USA.
4.Where is Edinburgh’s ‘New Town’ in relation to the rest of the city?
a. beyond the city by-pass
b. by the waterfront
c. in the centre
5.The Burrell Collection is housed in which city?
Sir William Burrell, a wealthy ship owner and collector, left 8,000 works of art to the City of Glasgow in 1944 and the works were finally put on public display at Pollok House in 1983.
6.Which church faith has dioceses in Glasgow, Motherwell and Dunkeld?
a. Scottish Episcopal
b. Church of Scotland
c. Roman Catholic
Dunkeld was one of the most important medieval places of worship in Scotland and has retained its association with the Roman Catholic Church as a diocese. With the influx of Irish Roman Catholics to Scotland in the 19th century, further dioceses were established in the west, including Motherwell.
7.Which of the following birds may no longer be hunted in Scotland?
The capercaillie or capercailzie is a large type of European grouse, with black plumage. It is one of Scotland’s most endangered birds, with its population dropping from around 20,000 in the 1970s to around 1,000 thirty years later. In order to protect the species, a statutory ban on hunting it came into effect in 2001.
8.Who or what are ‘klondikers’?
a. fish factory ships from eastern Europe
b. gold prospectors in the Highlands
c. Canadian tourists in Scotland
These large vessels can often be seen in places such as Loch Broom near Ullapool where they provide processing and refrigeration on the spot for fishing fleets, before returning to their ports of origin.
9.What is the ‘crannog’ at Loch Tay?
a. Iron Age house
b. monster in the loch
A reconstruction of an Iron Age house – called a ‘crannog’ – is built of reeds and is perched on wooden stilts on the edge of Loch Tay by Kenmore. It is open to visitors throughout the year.
10.Which bird is commonly referred to as the ‘sea parrot’?
Around one million puffins a year fly in from the oceans to settle and breed over the spring and summer period around the Scottish coast before disappearing back out to the oceans. Huge puffin colonies are found in places such as St Kilda, Staffa and the Isle of May.