Question 1: This river and pine forest are an example of the beauty of the Highlands. Where are we?
Correct Answer: Scotland
Fact: The River Quoich is a popular spot for hikers and paddlers in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. A tributary of the River Dee, it's located in the Aberdeenshire area of northeastern Scotland. The river runs through a ravine and contains several waterfalls, the most famous of which is the Linn of Quoich, shown here. The unusual natural rock cavity on the left is called the Punch Bowl. According to local lore, the Earl of Mar and his hunting party placed a punch bowl atop the formation and drank from it after a successful hunt.
Question 2: The River Quoich and the pine woods around it are part of what mountain range?
Correct Answer: Cairngorms
Fact: The Quoich is located in the Cairngorms mountain range, which is a high plateau with domed summits that rise up to a modest 4,000 feet. That's about as high as the mountains get in Scotland, the most mountainous country in the United Kingdom. The tallest mountain in Scotland is Ben Nevis, at 4,411 feet.
Question 3: The River Quoich was a favorite spot of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch at the time. Who was he or she?
- King George V
- King Edward VII
- Queen Victoria
Correct Answer: Queen Victoria
Fact: Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901, a reign longer than any previous British monarch. (Queen Elizabeth II's reign outlasted Victoria's by seven years.) Victoria's time on the throne marked a period of great scientific, industrial, and military change for the country and the huge expansion of the British Empire. Referred to as the Victorian era, it remains a cultural reference to this day. Queen Victoria loved these woods so much she built a lodge near the waterfall.