Festive facts in the spirit of the season
Put yourself to the test with our collection of weird and wonderful Scottish Christmas Facts. How many did you know?
25. Most of Scotland might have chortled at the Scotch and Wry‘s Reverend I.M. Jolly in his traditional Hogmanay telly spot, but Rikki Fulton, the actor who played the part didn’t find the character funny and was always amazed when people laughed!
26. The Cairngorm Reindeer are the UK’s only free-ranging herd. Wild Reindeer used to roam Scotland until they were hunted to extinction in around 1200AD. They were re-introduced in the Cairngorms in 1952 by a Swedish reindeer herder called Mikel Utsi who visited the area on his honeymoon.
27. The New Year’s Day Loony Dook at South Queensferry started in 1986 when some locals jokingly suggested it as a cure for their Hogmanay hangovers!
28. In acknowledgement of their Viking heritage, Orkney receives not one, but two Christmas trees from Norway each year. They have their lights turned on in two separate ceremonies on December 6 and December 7.