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Urban myth: Bears in Scotland

Wild scenery of Scotland

On June 18, 2014 By Rebecca Field In Explaining Scotland Family holidays

Top travel stories: Myths about Scotland

Are there bears in Scotland?


A family touring Scotland were getting increasing bemused and concerned by the signs they were seeing at the side of the road mentioning bears and Scotland on the same notice. What’s this they thought? Are there bears in Scotland? Eventually they asked the owner of the accommodation where they were staying … what’s this we’re seeing about bears in Scotland? Should we be worried?

The owner of the accommodation explained that the signs were about a company which maintains the trunk roads in Scotland called “Bear Scotland”. No cause for concern unless you spot a particularly rough section of road which needs resurfacing! Bear Scotland are also responsible for gritting the main roads in the winter.


Photo credit: Cammies Buses on Flickr

Polar Bears & Pandas

Of course you can still see bears in Scotland but only in captivity. The polar bears at the Highland Wildlife Park and the Pandas at Edinburgh Zoo are a big draw for visitors.

Polar bear

Photo Caption: Polar Bear at the Highland Wildlife Park

Photo Credit: Scot Mountain Holidays

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