About Scotland



A virtual travel guide to Scotland, this page is about many aspects of Alba, its name in Scottish Gaelic. Search and locate official web sites from the nation, and find comprehensive information on Scotland in its diversity: Scotland’s culture, history and geography. Get key information on Scotland’s economy, education, science, environment, population, and government.

You will have access to news from Scotland and you may visit Scottish cities. Find maps and other tourism information for sightseeing, travel and holidays in Scotland.


Official Name:
Scottish Gaelic: Alba

Local Time = UTC +0h
Actual Time: Mon-Oct-17  12:02
Daylight saving time (DST) from March to October: UTC +1

Capital City: Edinburgh

Other Cities:
Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Stirling

Type: Constituent Nation of the United Kingdom
Head of state: HM Queen Elizabeth II

Location: Northwest Europe, occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
Area: 78 313 sq. km
Terrain: mountainous in the Highlands, the low-lying Central Belt, and the hilly Southern Uplands.

Climate: unpredictable, northern European temperate, influenced by the sea, the cold arctic and the warm air from the gulf stream.

Nationality: Noun–Scot(s), Adjective–Scottish, Scotch
Population: 5 200 000
Ethnic Groups: Scots, British
Religions: Church of Scotland (The Kirk) functions as the national church (42%), No Religion (28%), Roman Catholicism (16%)
Languages: English, Scottish Gaelic and Lowland Scots
Literacy: 99%

Currency: Pound sterling £ (GBP)