Scotland is one of the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom (the other three are England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) and is bounded by the freezing North Sea on the east, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and north, as well as the North Channel and the Irish Sea on the southwest. Don’t forget that a little bit up north from the North Sea is the Arctic Ocean! Scotland’s total area covers almost 79,000 km2, but the population is only a wee bit over 5 millions. Half of Jakarta!

Aberdeen, the city I live in, nicknamed the granite city, is mainly known as the Oil Capital of Europe. Aberdeen official population is less than 250,000 people (almost 5 times less than Jakarta!), and the city has seen human settlement for at least 8,000 years. It takes 1 hour by flight to reach Aberdeen from London or Amsterdam, or about 8 hours by train from London. To get down to Glasgow (the biggest city in Scotland) or Edinburgh (the capital city of Scotland) takes 3-4 hours by train or car. Aberdeen has won the Britain in Bloom competition ten times, and during the spring to summer the city is filled with colorful roses everywhere, such a sight for sore eyes – after seeing gray everywhere…

What I’ve discovered so far about Scotland, its people, culture, food, weather and so on, are compiled in my Scotland Shocking Moments articles.

Learn more about Scotland by clicking one of these following links:

  • Aberdeen
  • Castle Trails in Aberdeen & Grampian
  • Chivas Regal
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Fyvie Castle
  • Glenfiddich: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • JK Rowling & Harry Potter
  • Loch Ness Monster
  • Scotland Tourism
  • Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail