Happy National Unicorn Day!

main-content

Happy National Unicorn Day!🦄✨💖


Unicorn, the national animal of Scotland, was a symbol of purity and innocence, as well as masculinity and power in Celtic mythology. Besides, it was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion - a symbol of the English royals. So looking back to history, it's no wonder it was chosen to be the national animal.

Unicorn, tours of Scotland

The unicorn is also associated with the tales of dominance and chivalry, which may be part of the reason why it was chosen as Scotland’s national animal. The first time, the unicorn is known to be used on the Scottish royal coat of arms was by William I in the 12th century.

In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, unicorn gold coins were an actual currency, and according to the British Museum, it became the coin favoured by Scottish kings when making gifts to foreigners.

Unicorn coin

 

When Scotland and England unified under the reign of James VI of Scotland in 1603, the Scottish Royal Arms had two unicorns supporting a shield. When James VI became James I of England and Ireland, he replaced the unicorn on the left of the shield with the national animal of England, the lion, to show that the countries were indeed united.

Try this test to find out what kind of unicorn you are.

Since unicorns are notoriously shy, it's almost impossible to spot them. But Historic Environment Scotland and VisitScotland have put together wee fancy guides where to find Scotland's national animal.

🦄✨💖

national unicorn day, unicorn, scotland, tours of scotland

Featured Reviews

3 Day Loch Ness and Skye

Mattias Lybäck said...

3 day Loch Ness and Isle of Skye (Guide: Neil): If you are planning to spend a week in Scotland and want to see a bit more than just Edinburgh, I would definitively recommend that you use the opportunity to go on…
Read More Buzz

Instagram

  • Image for We love seeing all your fantastic pics from the tours!
  • Image for Visit the splendid Scottish Highlands and Islands this summer!
  • Image for Happy #coosday!
  • Image for It was the Earth Day yesterday!
  • Image for The Easter isn't even over yet, but it's only two weeks to the Early May bank holiday!
  • Image for Happy Easter everyone!
  • Image for Since we might reach 21°C this weekend, here's a throwback to a lovely summer day few years back.
  • Image for The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Bonnie Prince Charlie were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Culloden
  • Image for Some call it tuesday, we call it #coosday!

MacTweets