Scotland and Highlands Octobre 2003
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. On Edinburgh location, 340 million years ago,
volcanic rock erupted from earth to create a tremendous volcanic cone, eroded later during
the glaciation ages to finally only leave enough balsalt to build the castle on it.
Inverness is the Highland capital. The tartan is specific of Scotland and it was originally a sign of
social rank : 7 colors for high ranking official, one color for servants. Then Families (or clans) designed
their own tartans with secret color coding.
The Gaelic language is another specific feature of Scotland, still teached in schools in the Highlands and Hebrides and spoken by 75000 people.