The family who swapped London for the West Highlands

Eric Macleod brings his remarkable memoir of his family’s years spent living in the remote West Highlands up to date in this second edition. A witty and moving account, it includes a chapter to answer the questions for those wondering what happened once the family left their unlikely Eden and if any regrets accompanied their…

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The story of a 19th century Scots campaigner

This is a unique and fascinating tale about Mary MacPherson – known as Màiri Mhòr – Skye’s 19th century bard and political campaigner. She made her name by vocalising the plight of crofters through song writing and activism. Her rage and despair at being falsely imprisoned in Inverness led to a poetic outpouring of songs,…

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A fresh look at a Scottish hero – Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce, by James Robertson, is a fresh perspective on one of the most celebrated Scots. It’s a captivating and visually striking book. Vibrant illustrations and concise information help to rejuvenate the man behind the myths as we follow his early years of struggle and defeat, to his legendary victory at the Battle of…

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One final trip Inside the Zoo as giraffes return

The last in this series of Inside the Zoo is being shown tonight. Narrated by Gail Porter, this episode marks something of a new beginning for Edinburgh Zoo. It’s seventeen years since the zoo said farewell to their last giraffes. But that’s all about to change as staff prepare to welcome five new young males…

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Royal warrant granted to Scotch whisky distillers

Royal Lochnagar Distillery has been granted a Royal Warrant as Scotch Whisky Distillers By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen. To mark this honour, the first cask filled at the distillery after the granting of the Royal Warrant has gone on public display, proudly bearing the Scottish Royal Arms in full heraldic colours against a…

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The winter solstice marked with special film

Historic Environment Scotland marked this year’s Winter Solstice with a special film. They showcased a new online film exploring the connection between the globally renowned Maeshowe Neolithic chambered tomb on Orkney and the annual celebration which traditionally marks the onset of winter and the year’s shortest day. Presented by HES Orkney Ranger, Sandra Miller, and featuring a range of experts and local people inspired by the Solstice and…

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First whisky release from Càrn Mòr Family Reserve

Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers has announced the first release from their Càrn Mòr Family Reserve range. The 32-year-old Single Cask from Glen Garioch Distillery was distilled in 1988, when the Morrison family owned the distillery. This cask was specially selected by Brian Morrison, who has a long history with Glen Garioch Distillery, for the inaugural…

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£500,000 funding for Glencoe tourist attraction

A £2m project to transform a major tourist attraction in Lochaber has secured up to £500,000 of funding from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Funds will go towards the construction of a new base station at Glencoe ski centre which will see the demolition of the current fire damaged building. The new facilities are expected to…

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The real story of a teenager’s battle with tuberculosis

Sometimes we don’t appreciate just how comparatively easy life is for the majority of us. We expect we can go out and about, walk around with friends and meet them when it’s possible, enjoy liberties and be able to socialise. But that wasn’t the kind of life that Jean Anderson has lived. In 1951, when…

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Hunt for Scotland’s top pooch is nearly over

The search for Scotland’s Best Dog is almost over. In the fifth of six episodes in the BBC Scotland series, going for gold this week in the race to become Scotland’s Best Dog are Angus the black Goldendoodle, Bear the Pomeranian and working Cocker Spaniel, Poppy as the dogs compete for the last place in…

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