Scotland Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Scotland is one country found in Great Britain. Come learn about Scotland, where you can find it on a map, one of its very famous lakes, and some other cool facts about this country.

Where is Scotland?

Imagine paddling on a calm lake with rolling green hills and blue sky all around you. When you make your way around a curve, you see a huge, old castle that looks like it is from a movie. But this is no movie. You are in Scotland!

Scotland is a country on the island of Great Britain in Europe. It is part of the United Kingdom, which is the union of all the countries in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Map of Scotland
Map of Scotland

The capital of Scotland is Edinburgh (pronounced ED-in-bur-uh), which is in the southern part of the country. All of Scotland could fit inside the state of Alaska more than 18 times!

Scotland is in the northern part of Great Britain with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the North Sea on the other. It even has beaches and 800 islands! However, you might want to put a jacket on with your swim suit because the sea water is usually only between about 40 to 60 degrees.

If you wanted to find a good place to eat lunch, it would be easy to ask because English is a common language spoken in Scotland, along with Gaelic and Scots. But if you wanted to buy lunch, you'd have to exchange your dollars for pound sterling, which is the money used in Scotland.

Things to See in Scotland

Scotland's tallest mountain is Ben Nevis, which is more than 4,400 feet high. You would have to stack it on top of itself more than 4 times to reach the top of Denali, which is the highest peak in North America.

You are probably familiar with the cows you see in fields across the US, but Scotland has its own kind of cows, called Highland cattle. They have long fur that looks like it needs to be brushed out of their eyes and some have long horns.

Highland cattle
Highland cattle

There are many old castles in Scotland that you can visit, like the Edinburgh Castle, though most of them are run down. It's still fun to imagine what it was like to live there though.

Scottish castle
Scottish castle

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