Discover the stunning capital of Scotland - Edinburgh. As one of the most lively cities in Europe, Edinburgh has plenty to offer in the way of things to see, explore and do, but how well do you know this incredible city? Take our quiz to find out the what’s actually inside haggis, what the city has more of than any other UK city, why their national animal might appeal to your 5-year-old daughter, and which animal you need to address as Sir when you visit the zoo.
You will find all the answers at the end.
1. If someone from Glasgow is a Glaswegian what do you call someone from Edinburgh?
2. Haggis is as synonymous with the Scottish cuisine as neeps and tatties, porridge and battered mars bars. But what’s inside the Scottish classic?
a) Chocolate covered oats
b) Sheep liver, lungs and heart
c) Aberdeen Angus beef
d) Whisky soaked breadcrumbs
3. With it’s famous hilltop fortress, cobbled streets and beautiful buildings around every corner, Edinburgh has been featured in many big-screen movies (including a key location in the Harry Potter franchise), but which 1930’s ground breaking classic did the skyline inspire?
a) King Kong
b) Gone with the wind
c) The Wizard of Oz
d) The 39 Steps
4. What Edinburgh Zoo resident received a knighthood and should be addressed as Sir?
a) Sir Nils Olav the penguin
b) Sir Geoffrey the giraffe
c) Sir Lionel the lion
d) Sir Mackenzie the lemur
5. Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have a very important public service. But, what was it?
a) Ambulance drivers
b) Fire service
c) Rubbish collection
d) Street performers
6. With so many beautiful buildings and so much culture on offer, you might not think of Edinburgh as a green city. But that’s probably a case of not being able to see the wood for the trees. As the ‘greenest city in the UK’ Edinburgh has more trees per head of population than any city in the UK. It also is home to one of the largest number of parks in any city in the United Kingdom. But how many parks?
7. England’s national animal is a lion, the United States has the bald eagle (or more recently the bison), France has the Gallic rooster, but what animal is Scotland’s national beast?
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Answer 1: Depending on who you ask C and D are both correct. Dunediners comes from the city’s Scottish Gaelic name (Dùn Èideann) and Edinburghers is mostly used by non-residents. In reality, there might not be an official name and so using neither is the easiest way to avoid a potentially awkward conversation.
Answer 2: B. While the other options might sound more appealing, haggis is minced sheep’s liver, lungs and heart mixed with onion, oatmeal and prepared inside a sheep’s stomach. Aside from really living up to the mantra of ‘waste not want not’ it’s also surprisingly delicious.
Answer 3: C. One of the film’s set designers, George Gibson, is thought to have taken inspiration from his home city of Edinburgh. A childhood memory of the road that led to the castle was said to inspire one of the most famous settings in all of cinematic history, the yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City.
Answer 4: A. Sir Nils Olav, in fact Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III, is a king penguin resident at the zoo and since the 1970’s (the first Nils Olav) has had a variety of titles leading up to a knighthood approved by King Harald V of Norway in 2008. Norway’s connection with Edinburgh Zoo extends back to polar explorer Roald Amundsen who presented the zoo with a King Penguin over 100 years ago.
Answer 5. B. While you will see plenty of street performers it probably doesn’t count as a public service. Edinburgh can though lay claim to the world’s first municipal fire service with a history of fire prevention dating back to 1426. The early 1400’s saw an Act that forbid carrying a naked flame. By the 1600’s fire wells were set up throughout the city and the first firemasters were appointed in the early 1700’s. The Edinburgh Fire Establishment set up with a force of 80 in October 1824.
Answer 6: D. 112, that’s a lot of choices for picnics or walking the dog! In the spring of 2016 satellite images compared the green spaces throughout all of the UK’s major cities, and Glasgow and Edinburgh came out on top.
Answer 7. B. Yep, the national animal of Scotland is a mythical creature, the unicorn. But with good reason. Legends say that the natural enemy of a lion is a unicorn and with the tumultuous history between the two countries, perhaps choosing a unicorn is no big surprise. Besides, the Welsh have a dragon, so really anything goes.