Scotland is a country in the northern part of the island of Great Britain. Along with England, to the south, and Wales, to the southwest, and Northern Ireland on the other British iasland Scotland is a part of the UNited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Scotland is an ancient country with a long history of independence.
Scotland is about 30,000 square miles in area, which is about the size of the state of South Carolina. About five million people live there, which is more than twice as many as live in South Carolina! Oh, and the capital of Scotland is Edinburgh.
What's Scotland Like?
Scotland can be divided into three main parts, the Highlands in the north, and the Lowlands in the center, and the Uplands in the south. The coastline is rocky and irregular, indented with many sea lochs (narrow inlets) and firths (wide inlets). The country is dotted with beautiful lakes, also called lochs. Many islands surround Scotland, including the Shetland and the Orkney Islands to the north and the Hebrides to the west. The Uplands are a region of rolling hills and valleys, with many rivers such as the Tweed, the Clyde, and the Trevior. The Lowlands are the industrial heart of Scotland. Three-quarters of the people live here, although it is only one-tenth of the country. The Lowlands have the best farm land of the ctounry and rich mineral deposits. The Highlands occupy the entire northern alf of Scotland and have scenery of breathtaking beauty. In this region is Ben Nevis, 4,406 feet high, the highest point on the island of Great Britain.
There are many beatiful and famous lakes, including Loch Lomond, the largest lake in Scotland. Among the many rivers are the Tay, the Dee, the Don, and the Spey. The summer home of the British royal family, Balmoral Castle, is on the Dee.
The climate of Scotland is mild for a country that lies so far to the north. The summers are cool and the winters are cold except in the Herbrides, where waters from the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean help to keep the winter weather mild.
I just finished the last episode of the season and I must say, the main British character (I forget his name) who whips Scottish people is my favorite character. One of the biggest things I hate about the show are the elongated sex scenes, but other than that, the story is quite compelling.