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Loch Morar (Deepest Freshwater Body of Water in the British Isles)

Depth 1,062 ft (324m)

Number of English residing in Scotland

The 2011 Scottish census indicates 420,000 first generation English settled here.

Polochar Beach South Uist (Longest Beach in the UK)

It is regularly claimed that the longest beach in the UK is Chesil, an 18 mile shingle spit in England. It is also claimed that the longest sand beaches in the UK are Berrow beach in Somerset at 5 miles and Pendine Sands in Wales at 7 miles (11 km). Pendine is also described as the second longest beach in Europe. In fact the longest beach in the UK is on the west coast of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Polochar is a continuous strand of white sand in excess of 20 miles (32km) long. At present nobody seems to be able to say which is the longest beach in Europe but it could be Polochar.

Scotland’s Coastline

The mainland coastline is 9,911 km (6,158 ml) in length. When the numerous islands are included this rises to 16,490 km (10,246 ml). It is longer than the coastline of China and forms 69% of the UK’s total.

Scotland’s Fresh Water

Scotland contains upward of 90% of all standing fresh water volume in Great Britain.  The water held in Loch Ness alone is nearly double that of all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

Scotland’s Land Mass

The Scottish land mass of 78,772 sq km (30,414 sq mi) takes up one third of the area of the British Isles. In addition there are 790 off-shore islands including the major archipelagos of the Shetland and Orkney Isles and the Outer Hebrides.

Scotland’s offshore wave and tidal power

Scotland has 25% of Europe’s tidal power, and 10% of Europe’s wave resources.

Scotland’s Population

2011 Census published 17 Dec 2012. Population increased to 5,295,000 a rise of approximately 5%. The highest ever recorded population. However, during the 20th century alone, principally due to lack of opportunity, Scotland lost almost 2 million of its brightest and best through emigration to other lands who benefited from their skills and experience. Had our migration flows been in balance over that century Scotland’s population would currently be standing at approximately eight million rather than five.



Scots living in the UK outwith Scotland

It has been estimated that in 2012 approximately 800,000 Scots are living throughout the rest of the UK.

SINCLAIR, Sir John of Ulbster (1754-1835)

Born Thurso, Scotland. He was responsible for creation of the Board of Agriculture, of which he was the first president. It was the precursor of what is known today as the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food. His Statistical Account of Scotland was compiled during the years 1791 to 1799 in 21 volumes. It was based on returns of formulated questionaires from the ministers of every parish in Scotland, and was the beginning of today’s census. During that mammoth task he was the first to use the words statistics and statistical in the English language. In 1793 the UK government adopted his plan for the issue of Exchequer Bills, saving the possibility of financial ruin. He was also one of the first to record details of certain Scottish archaeological sites.

Trident job losses (Following an independence vote)

19,000 – UK Government figure 2013.

11,000 – ┬áJackie Baillie, Scottish Labour MSP 2012.

6,000 – Better Together campaign 2012.

1,536 – Scottish Trade Union Congress, based on UK Government sources 2012.

320 – Civilian jobs directly reliant on Trident. MOD 2012.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress