Scotland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 35,998. Its county seat is Laurinburg.
The county was formed in 1899 from the southeastern part of Richmond County. It was named after Scotland, as many of its early European settlers were Scots-Irish and Scottish Highlanders.
Travel & Tourism
While Scotland County is the smallest county in the state of North Carolina, it ranks 63rd in generating tourism dollars.
Primary tourism draws include:
- Festivals (Scotland County Highland Games, Storytelling Festival of Carolinas, John Blue Festival)
- Historical sites (John Blue House, Old Laurel Hill Church)
- Museums and heritage (Scotland County Museum, Indian Museum, Scottish Heritage Center)
- The outdoors (Cypress Bend Vineyards, St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Chalk Banks, Lumber River)
- The local college, St. Andrews Presbyterian College