Britons ‘Clueless’ About Location Of Scilly
But the report, compiled for the national hotel chain Travelodge, suggests it’s not just a problem with our islands and that British adults are “clueless” about geography.
The survey of 3,000 adults, carried out earlier this month, showed that 40% of Britons could not identify the location of Scilly on a map.
11% thought the islands were in Scotland and 15% said they were in mainland Europe.
But the same survey showed that more people, over half, couldn’t locate the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Four out of ten didn’t know how many countries make up our nation and over a third were unable to tell the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain.
Not a single respondent was able to answer how many islands surround our shores. The correct answer is over 6,000.
Shakila Ahmed from Travelodge said it’s concerning that so many adults have poor geography knowledge.
She said the report reveals that there’s still a huge part of the UK yet to be discovered by Britons, especially some of the thousands of islands that surround our country.
“Britons need to swot up and start learning with their feet and go off the beaten track,” says Shakila.
38% of people stated that they have never considered visiting one of the islands around Britain.