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Rare apples dating back to the Romans are still growing in the Scottish Borders

Gardeners have uncovered a rare apple variety dating back to the Romans which is still growing in the Scottish Borders.  The discovery was made by...
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Cumnock Tryst: Music programme returns for October

Cumnock's annual music festival is set to return next month. Sir James MacMillan CBE founded The Cumnock Tryst, a four-day music festival each October, nearly...

Martin Compston’s Scottish fling up for top TV award

Martin Compston and Phil MacHugh have been shortlisted for a TV award for their BBC travel series. Scottish Fling has been nominated for 'Best Factual...
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New BBC ALBA documentary to explore the Scottish wolf

For 12,000 years wolves and humans shared Scotland’s landscape. But as hunter- gatherers became farmers, wolves became their enemy and were hunted to extinction.  Now...
FREE PICTURE:  Anne Brown Prize Winner at Wigtown Book Festival, Mon 25/09/2023: 
 Author Rodge Glass (correct, centre) has been named the winner of the 2023 Anne Brown Essay Prize for Scotland.
 The £1,500 prize, established in 2021 by the family of the late BBC Scotland journalist and Wigtown Festival Company chair Anne Brown, celebrates the best literary essay by a Scottish writer. 
 Best-known for his biography of Alasdair Gray, Glass’s essay On the Covenant explores his relationship with his Jewish family and the idea of what belonging and ties of blood mean. 
 The Essay Prize, which was this year run in association with The Herald, was awarded yesterday [Sunday, 24 September 2023] at a special event at Wigtown Book Festival.
Pictured with Rodge Glass (centre) is Adrian Turpin (left), Creative Director at Wigtown Book Festival and broadcaster and author Gavin Esler (right, chair of the judging panel).
More information in accompanying Press Release and from: Matthew Shelley, PR Consultant for Wigtown Book Festival - Matthew@ScottishfestivalsPR.org - 07786 704 299. 
 Photography for Wigtown Book Festival / Wigtown Festival Company from: Colin Hattersley Photography - www.colinhattersley.com - cphattersley@gmail.com - 07974 957 388.

Winner of the Anne Brown Essay Prize for Scotland announced

The 2023 Anne Brown Essay Prize for Scotland has been awarded to author Rodge Glass. The £1,500 prize, established in 2021 by the family of...
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Hamza Yassin, Judy Murray and Henry Dimbleby at Wigtown Book Festival

The first weekend of the 25th Wigtown Book Festival saw Scotland’s National Book Town welcome a host of celebrities and special guests. Among those taking...

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Former Gordon & MacPhail chief Ian Urquhart dies following an illness

Scotch whisky legend Ian Urquhart has died aged 76. The Moray based businessman died peacefully on 15 March after an illness, with his family by...
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Charles Maclean: Whisky writer launches new charity dram with his sons

Scotland's leading whisky writer Charles Maclean has launched a new dram - and every bottle sold will give at least one person clean water for...
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Me and My Dram, Tom Kitchin: ‘You have to be in the right moment to enjoy whisky, that’s the magic of it’

Following a rocky start, celebrity chef Tom Kitchin has fostered an enduring love for whisky, finds Morag Bootland. He sits down with us for the latest...
The first legal dram from the Outer Hebridean Isle of Harris, The Hearach offers an elegant single malt, with fruit and floral notes and a long, slightly smoky, finish.

Isle of Harris: Distillery releases four new batches of the long awaited Hearach whisky

Last year the first batches of the long awaited Isle of Harris whisky sold out in less than five hours – after more than 25,000...
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Rosebank Distillery: ‘King of the Lowlands’ ready to re-open with 100-year-old mill still used in whisky production

It was closed three decades ago in 1993, but now the ‘King of the Lowlands’, Rosebank Distillery is to reopen.  The historic distillery has been...
The lights are on at the still house of Port Ellen distillery after 40 years.

Port Ellen: The rebirth of Scotland’s legendary ghost distillery

The rebirth of Port Ellen distillery has been eagerly anticipated for years by the whisky community across the globe.  Perhaps the most legendary of all...