Renowned for haggis (you either love it or hate it!) and the notorious Deep-Fried Mars bar, Scotland has actually made some major contributions to creating the world we know and love today.
Trust us when we say you’ll be surprised with some of the entries on this list of things you didn’t know were made in Scotland! All the more reason to visit – right?
Here are 5 things you didn’t know were made in Scotland:
1: Penicillin – penicillin is arguably one of the greatest designs of the modern age, discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 who secured a Nobel Prize in the process. Sir Fleming was born in a small town in East Ayrshire, Scotland and his incredible discovery has gone on to save an uncountable number of lives well beyond the area.
2: Television – whether you’re a fan of watching the evening news or endlessly streaming shows on Netflix, the television has become a mainstay for households across the world. John Logie Baird is synonymous with its creation, including the colour television. Even if you aren’t a fan, the technology used has evolved into everyday items we can’t live without.
3: Flushing toilet – until you’ve been backpacking or trekking, this luxury is often taken for granted. In 1755, Alexander Cumming, an Edinburgh local, introduced the S-bend for flushing toilets where standing water, ahem, blocked out the smells of the sewers. Let’s not return to the traditional methods!
4: Telephone – most of us are familiar with Alexander Graham Bell inventing the telephone in 1876, but did you know he was a Scotsman? In comparison to the first ever phone, look at how advanced our handheld devices are now – acting as clocks, cameras and offering countless apps, but most importantly, the ability to make calls!
5: The ATM – James Goodfellow, a native of Paisley in Renfrewshire, is an engineer who patented the PIN technology behind the first cash machine, also known as the ATM. He was awarded an OBE in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his invention of the PIN, which has become extremely valuable in secure banking.
Perhaps you were aware of some of the above inventions and their origins, but surely that’s piqued your interest in this beautiful country?
Whether you want to experience some of the cultural sites and locations of where these innovations began or see this stunning scenery that is the Highlands, we’ve got a wealth of tours across Scotland and beyond, all tailored to your needs.