Graeme Obree's peculiar posture worked

Graeme Obree smashed records on homemade cycles

Graeme Obree should need no introduction, but alas, he shares his name with an iconic Scottish locomotive. Read more

The eerie caverns of Gilmerton Cove

The unsolved mystery of Gilmerton Cove

The intriguing subterranean dwelling of Gilmerton Cove has been shrouded in mystery since a 1906 Scotsman article poked holes in its origin story. Read more

James Clancy runs The Laurieston Bar

The Laurieston owner John Clancy still takes no nonsense

Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more

Bestselling author Peter Irvine

Scotland The Best author Peter Irvine’s favourite places

In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, bestselling author Peter Irvine contemplates the difficult choices he’s endured on the road to producing another Scotland The Best guide. Read more


Ten things you didn’t know about JK Rowling

When talking about JK Rowling in the context of great Scots of the modern age, we should perhaps first dispense with the elephant in the room.

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Heather Reid on Reporting Scotland

Heather Reid shares optimism over future of science education

‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.

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Robert Watson-Watt

Robert Watson-Watt: Scotland’s top secret war hero

Compared to the true grit of pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, accounts of Robert Watson-Watt barely appear as a blip on the radar in the history of aerial warfare. Read more

On the edge of Loch Lomond, Dan catches sight of Venus

Dan Bell is vlogging the road less travelled on his bike

Adventurous photographer Dan Bell is exploring Scotland’s great outdoors in a new series of Facebook vlogs, discovering the journey is just as important as the destination.

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Alessandro holds his first Vainglory title

Teenage esports star at forefront of competitive gaming

Professional gamer Alessandro ‘Palmatoro’ Palmarini has three European Championship titles under his belt and the 17-year-old hasn’t even left school. Read more

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Thomas Dewar: A lesson in whisky advertising

Dewar’s scotch has long been one of the most recognisable brands in the whisky world. Crack open a bottle and your palate finds itself at the epicentre of the Scottish flavour map. Read more

Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin by chance

Alexander Fleming: Everyman who saved millions

Consider how many lives Alexander Fleming has saved with the discovery of penicillin. Most people return from a vacation to a stack of mail; Fleming returned to a universal miracle cure for infection. Read more

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson applauds the crowd after his 1,500th and final match in charge of the club following the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on May 19, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Seven of the best quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson

You can’t win 49 trophies and finish your career regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time without saying a few interesting things along the way. So without further introduction, here are the seven most memorable quotes from legendary Scottish football figure Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Designer Paul Walker

Paul Walker: Designing 21st Century tweed

In a secret green space off of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, Paul Walker’s studio is packed with tweeds of every imaginable pattern, colour and texture.

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'I make big beasties' - Andy Scott

Andy Scott: Kelpies sculptor inspired by his Glasgow youth

Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”.

He’s not wrong. Read more

The Kelpies stand over a special lock in the Forth and Clyde canal

Take a tour of The Kelpies in 360 degrees

Scottish sculptor Andy Scott has created some of largest pieces of public art with dozens of installations appearing in public places across the country – and now you can view it in our 360-degree tour. Read more


Greatest voices in Rangers history

There have been countless great voices to enter through the famous doors at Ibrox.

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Joan Eardley painting in 1961

Joan Eardley: The painter’s painter

While her name may not be first on the list of prominent Scottish painters, Joan Eardley carved out a niche for herself in 20th Century Scottish art.

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John Muir: The Scot who fathered America’s national parks

John Muir helped federalise America’s national parks on a camping trip with President Roosevelt and yet he was relatively unknown in his native Scotland until the 1970’s.

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Hastings brothers: Destiny with Scottish greatness

There’s an old tale which states the career of Gavin Hastings, and by extension his younger brother Scott, two talismanic figures for Scottish rugby through most of the 80s and into the mid-90s, might not have happened were it not for a freak accident involving a car, the school rugby coach and young Gavin’s leg.

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Founder of Made Brave Andy Dobbie

What it’s like founding a start-up in Scotland

When Andrew Dobbie quit his job in 2012, he had a two-week old baby and £1000 in the bank. Since then, his brand-led digital marketing agency Made Brave has grown to accommodate 30 staff offering a full service agency working for clients in Scotland and beyond.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

How Charles Rennie Mackintosh shaped Glasgow

The design influences of Charles Rennie Mackintosh have sunk tendrils deep into Glasgow’s cultural identity over the course of 100 years.
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Ten of the best quotes from Scottish comedians

The Scottish sense of humour is renowned for being one of the most unique anywhere in the world.
In fact, Scotland has produced some of the world’s finest comic performers. Read more

Ena Baxter. Picture: submitted

Ena Baxter: a pioneer of Scotland’s food industry

Ena Baxter, née Robertson, was a cook, painter and businesswoman, who became one of the UK’s wealthiest women in the 1990s.

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Billy Connolly: the one man comedy “revolution”

He was the original Glasgow patter merchant who shook up the comedy establishment with a brand of Scottish humour that allowed us to laugh at ourselves – and laugh like never before.

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Grand Central hotel in Glasgow were the first transmission was made

John Logie Baird’s grandson on the invention of the TV

Without John Logie Baird kickstarting the home TV revolution, we would never have borne witness to the JFK assassination in Dallas, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the World Trade Centre attack, America electing a black President or the Tiananmen Square protest.

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Sean Connery made the James Bond role his own

Sean Connery: the original James Bond

FOR an entire generation, Sean Connery is James Bond.

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Five little known facts about Robert Burns

The life and works of Robert Burns are celebrated right around the world, and none more-so than January 25: Burns Night. Read more

James Clark Maxwell invented colour photography

James Clerk Maxwell: the inventor of colour photography

One of the top-3 influential physicists, alongside Einstein and Newton,  and responsible for the greatest revelation in modern physics.

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Andy Murray is considered 'firmly Scottish' by those in England. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

How Andy Murray triumphed against the odds

Andy Murray rounded out 2016 as the World No1 tennis player and a knighthood, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Scot.

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Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

Irvine Welsh: An Edinburgh “inspiration”

Irvine Welsh’s ascent from obscurity to Scottish literary royalty was born from an ability to capture the brutal realism of everyday life in some of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas.

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Alex Ferguson and Archie Knox (right) show off the European Cup Winners' Cup in May 1983, after Aberdeen had beaten Real Madrid 2-1 in Gothenburg. Photo: SNS

Sir Alex Ferguson: the secret behind his success?

Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious career in football management famously began in modest circumstances at East Stirlingshire in 1974.   Read more

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Robert Louis Stevenson: a pioneer of the written word

Robert Louis Stevenson is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers to come out of the flourishing Scottish literary scene.
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Donald Dewar played a pivotal role in the founding of the Scottish Parliament. Picture: TSPL

Donald Dewar: Scottish Parliament’s founding father

Donald Dewar was the man who delivered devolution and became tagged “Father of the Nation” – but he hated the title.
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Arthur Conan Doyle. Picture: Getty

Conan Doyle: what was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes?

Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, has had an enormous influence on popular culture over the last century.

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Scotsman poet William Letford. Picture: TSPL

Billy Letford: the teacher who inspired me to become a poet

When Billy Letford received career advice from one of the country’s highest regarded literary figures, he initially brushed it off.

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Industrualist and humanitarian Andrew Carnegie, pictured circa 1906. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Andrew Carnegie, the Scot who personified the American dream

How is it a lowly Scottish immigrant from Dunfermline arose from poverty to become one of the richest men to have ever lived? Read more