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A Closer Look at Scotland

The Scots are proud of their country. It is a country of variety: cities and quiet countryside, mountains and islands. What kind of place would you like to visit?

the edingburgh castle and the firth of forth.photo
Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth

Aberdeen

Aberdeen trawlers. Photo.
Aberdeen trawlers

This is the third largest city in Scotland with a population of over 200,000. It is often called the Granite City because granite is used in many of its buildings. Aberdeen has traditionally been an important fishing base, but is today more important as a seaport and supply base for the North Sea oil industry.

Shetland

Oil platform in Shetland. Photo.
Shetland, oil platform

These islands have always had strong links to Norway. Fishing and sheep are important industries and today the oil industry has brought prosperity and an improved standard of living.

Central Lowlands, Industry at Grangemouth. Photo.
Central Lowlands, Industry

Central Lowlands

This is the area with most industry and the densest population.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness Monster by Christian Spurling 1934. Photo.
Loch Ness Monster, Christian Spurling 1934

This is a deep freshwater loch (lake), which is more than 700ft at the deepest point. It is famous for its elusive monster, Nessie, which several people over the last 200 years have claimed to see, but no one has yet managed to prove it exists. However, many tourists are attracted to the area, hoping to catch a glimpse of it. The Monster Exhibition on the shores of the loch tells them all about Nessie.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth. Photo.
Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth

Scotland’s capital city, with its impressive castle on a rock above the main street, Princes Street, is a popular place for tourists. Many visitors come here in August for the famous international festival. The New Year celebrations and fireworks are some of the most spectacular in the world

Highlands in Glenfinnan. Photo.
Highlands, Glenfinnan

The Highlands

Here, there are high mountains and deep fiords which make it very similar to Norway in some areas. It is a popular area for climbing, walking and skiing.

Glasgow

Glasgow. Photo.
Glasgow

Scotland’s largest city, which was famous for its shipbuilding industry, is today a lively city where financial and software industries have to a large extent taken over from the traditional heavy industry.

The Southern Uplands

View of the Southern Uplands Scotts. Photo.
The Southern Uplands Scotts View

This is an area of low hills and farmland, which was frequently ravaged by English armies centuries ago, when the two countries were often at war. It is a popular area for tourists who come to visit the many abbeys and castles. The Tweed valley was world-famous for its woollen industry with producers such as Pringle of Hawick, but today many of the mills have closed down and the woollens are produced abroad

Tasks and Activities

Match Place and Description

Match Place and Description (9796)

Find Out

Based on the information in the text, where would you go if you were interested in:

a. festivals
b. outdoor activities
c. historical buildings
d. big city activities
e. looking for a job in industry
d. interested in strange phenomena

(Choose from: Aberdeen, Shetland, Central Lowlands, Loch Ness, Edinburgh, the Highlands, Glasgow, and/or the Southern Uplands.)

Suggested places

Solution: a. Edinburgh, b. the Highlands, c. Southern Uplands and Edinburgh, d. Glasgow and Edinburgh, e. Aberdeen, Shetland, Central Lowlands, Glasgow, d. Loch Ness

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Discussion

Choose the two places that you think would be the most interesting to visit. In pairs or small groups talk about the places you have chosen and why you chose them.

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The British Isles

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    The UK

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    An Introduction to England

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    A Closer Look at England

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    An Introduction to Scotland

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    An Introduction to Wales

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    A Closer Look at Wales

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    An Introduction to Northern Ireland

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    A Closer Look at Northern Ireland

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    An Introduction to Ireland

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    Easy Text - The UK

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    Easy Text - An Intro. to England

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    London

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    Liverpool

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    Manchester

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    Cambridge

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    The North - South Divide

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    The Faces of London

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Scotland

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    Braveheart

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    Bobby - the Faithful Dog from Edinburgh

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Wales

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    Easy Text - An intro. to Northern Ireland

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    The Troubles

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    The Troubles, Introduction - Text in Brief

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    The Troubles, History - Text in Brief

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    The Troubles, 1960s to Today - Text in Brief

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    The Orange and the Green

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    Flags in Northern Ireland

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    Radio Play: Into Exile

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    Dublin

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    Irish Proverbs

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    Molly Malone

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    Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes

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Oppgaver og aktiviteter

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    UK Quiz - General Knowledge

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    England Quiz

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    Task - Match place and description

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    Plan a Holiday in Scotland

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    Task: Bobby - the faithful dog...

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    Wales Quiz

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    Northern Ireland Quiz

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    Tasks - The Troubles

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    Tasks: Into Exile

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    Task: Molly Malone

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    Quiz Molly Malone

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    Edinburgh Castle

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    Loch Ness

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    In the Name of the Father (film)

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Kildemateriale

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    The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain

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