Pick from a range of interesting facts and detailed information about Scotland and the Scottish people.
Scotland is known the world over as a place of history and heritage as well as cutting edge art and culture
Study in Scotland and you will benefit from world-class teaching developed over centuries.
Live & Workin Scotland
Key information on the practical aspects of moving to Scotland and where to get advice. Plus read about the experiences of people who have moved to Scotland from all over the world.
Scotland is renowned across the globe for its rich culture and heritage, and its contribution to the world past and present. From its thriving contemporary arts and music scene to its achievements in industry, medicine, science, law and literature, Scotland's story is one of immense achievement
Celebrating Scotland’s islands
The Year of Scotland's Islands, which kicks off in April, will be a celebration of the country's 99 inhabited islands with events, exhibitions and activities taking place across the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland.
Featured events throughout the year include the Shetland Folk Festival, the Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival and Scotland's biggest Gaelic festival the Royal National Mod which returns to Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 2011.
All of the events will help promote the cultures, creativity, landscape and produce of Scotland's islands.
Scotland's islands: facts and figures
- Scotland has 790 islands, 99 of which are inhabited.
- According to the 2001 census, Scotland's inhabited islands were home to 99,739 people.
- Scotland's islands include thirteen Munros (mountains with a height over 3,000 feet or 914.4 metres).
- The largest island is Lewis & Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
- The shortest island names are Bu in Orkney and Oa on Islay.
- George Orwell retreated to the Isle of Jura to write his 1949 masterpiece 1984.
- Robert Louis Stevenson is supposed to have based Treasure Island upon a map of Unst, the most northerly populated island in Britain.
- The Shetland Islands have been included in a list of the world's top 10 tourist sites by travel guide Lonely Planet.
- There are almost 3000 Neolithic sites on Orkney alone, including Skara Brae, the best preserved prehistoric village in Northern Europe.
- The archipelago of St Kilda in the Atlantic, 64 km west-northwest of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, is one of only 24 global locations to be awarded 'mixed' World Heritage Status for its natural and cultural significance.