TOP TIPS FROM CELEBRITY CHEF NICK NAIRN

After a three-year hiatus, celebrity chef Nick Nairn is back with a new state-of-the-art cook school. Rosie Morton joins him for a masterclass and shares some of Chef’s top tips for keeping a cool head in a hot kitchen… THE last three years have been unfathomably trying for restaurateurs, but few bear quite as many…

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DAME MARY BERRY’S HIGHLAND CHRISTMAS

NATIONAL treasure Dame Mary Berry is returning to her roots in Bonnie Scotland for a Christmas TV special. Travelling through the Highlands on the ultimate winter break, the Queen of cakes serves up a decadent festive feast in her new BBC programme, Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas. Throughout the 60-minute special, the acclaimed food writer, cook…

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Scottish Ballet returns with a Christmas cracker

SCOTTISH Ballet is set to return this Christmas with Cinders! and will take to the stage in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle. The ballet company hopes to surprise and delight audiences with their playful take on the classic Cinderella story. This year, the production features a new name, glittering art nouveau designs, and a twist…

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CHRISTMAS AT THE BOTANICS: IT’S ALL LIGHT ON THE NIGHT

Christmas at the Botanics has opened to the public at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, featuring new installations and a reimagined route inspired by the magical world of plants. The annual light show is a calendar highlight for Edinburgh residents and tourists alike, and this year the illuminated trail is bigger and brighter than ever…

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Shortlist for Scotland’s National Book Awards announced

The shortlist for Scotland’s National Book Awards has been announced, featuring books on climate change, the importance of male friendships and King James VI. The Saltire Society awards recognise work across six literary categories, from fiction to research, history and poetry. The winners each receive a cash prize of £2,000 and go on to be considered…

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Georgian Manse overlooking historic Glenluce Abbey hits the market

A charming B-listed Georgian Manse with breath-taking views over historic Glenluce Abbey is on the market. The six-bedroom Abbey House has three reception rooms, an attractive dining kitchen, a larder and a dressing room off the master bedroom. It was recently refurbished but has a wealth of original features including sash windows, a spindle staircase,…

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Significant rise in Corncrake numbers recorded by RSPB Scotland

Corncrake numbers in Scotland have seen their first rise in five years, an RSPB Scotland survey can reveal. This year 870 calling males of these shy rare birds were recorded by the nature conservation charity, up from 828 the previous year.  This takes Scotland’s Corncrake population back to levels not seen since 2019. While still…

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