Country of the Week: Scotland

From colorful kilts to lush wilderness, there are many things to be excited about when it comes to the prospect of exploring beautiful Scotland and all its little symbols.
Continent: Europe

Other names: Alba, Caledonia

Capital: Edinburgh

Most populous city: Glasgow

Language(s): English, Scottish Gaelic

Current political leader: Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party: Ruth Davidson

Currency: Pound sterling

Major Religions: Christian

National costume: Kilts

National symbol: Animal: Unicorn Coat of Arms: The coat of arms of Scotland consists of a yellow shield with a red rampant lion in the center. The shield is supported by two unicorns. The shield is flanked by two flag standards, one bearing the rampant lion and the other the Scotish flag. The shield is surmounted by a the Crown of Scotland. Flower: Thistle

Famous landmark: Loch Ness, Loch Lomond, Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow Cathedral, Knap of Howar, Edzell Castle Gardens, National Gallery of Scotland

Movies filmed on-location: Harry Potter series, Rob Roy, Braveheart, Trainspotting, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Hamlet, The Da Vinci Code, Snow White and the Huntsman Famous people: Gordon Ramsay, Calvin Harris, Gerard Butler, Alexander Graham Bell, James McAvoy, Mary, Queen of Scots, Ewan McGregor

Climate: Much like other European countries, Scottish climate has multiple variations. In the mountainous west, there precipitation is at its densest. In the Highlands, during winter, it's not surprising to see a blanket of soft, chilly snow. Throughout the year, Scotland stays quite temperate with mild changes across the season.

Popular festivals: Edinburgh Art Festival, Loopallu, Solas Festival, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival