Looking at the sad decline of Scottish kestrels

I have long had a soft spot for a creature that was once our most common bird of prey. And I came across one again...
Roddy Kennedy by one of his damaged sycamores, which will have to be felled. (Photo: Angus Blackburn)

Tales of the riverbank as beavers pose a problem

As beavers continue their rapid colonisation of Tayside, Strathearn and Strathmore, seeping their way effortlessly into river systems, there is growing disenchantment amongst the farming...
All set to go stalking on Uist

An exhilarating stalk on Uist still needs traditional skills

Alistair Matheson, the Gaelic bard, once wrote in praise of Uist and its wildlife. ‘Thugaibh leam le uaill gu fonnmhor,  Oran,s fonn do thir mo...
Secret Peebles by Liz Hanson

Ten recommended walks to enjoy in the Scottish Borders

With the warm springtime weather approaching – despite all signs so far pointing towards the contrary – walkers can again enjoy all the majestic wonders and...
Miss Pickering on the Dee in late Victorian times

Remembering the glory days on the Scottish rivers

The 2018 Scottish salmon season began in January, many of the first anglers were escorted to the river bank by the sound of pipes and...

Jura gets ready to launch five new whiskies from April onwards

Jura is a long way from ordinary, both in terms of its location and its famous whisky. Hours away from the Scottish mainland, miles away...



Since its humble beginnings nearly ten years ago, the distillery has generated £50,000 for the local community.

GlenWyvis: World’s first fully community owned distillery offers whisky lovers chance to buy shares

In 2015, former Army Air Corps helicopter pilot John McKenzie decided to bring whisky back to Dingwall after a 90 year absence. His idea was...
HRH Prince Charles with Ian Urquhart Signing First Cask at Benromach.

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...
Ewan, Jamie, Charlie and Lachlan Maclean.

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...
Chef Tom Kitchin. Credit Marc Miller

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...
Rosebank Distillery.

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...