Burning pick-up truck crashed into house in ‘deliberate act’

A burning pick-up truck crashed into the gates of a home in South Ayrshire during a “reckless” act, police have said.

Water suppliers Castle and Cobalt serve the business market. Picture: Gareth Easton

Castle swallows rival Cobalt in Scottish water deal

Tayside-headquartered Castle Water, the UK’s largest independent water retailer, has agreed to acquire Ayr-based Cobalt Water, a supplier of water to business customers, for an undisclosed price.

Pollution is thought to contribute towards the rising rate of lung disease globally. PICTURE: Ian Rutherford

Pupils help with university lung disease research project

Pupils are to take part in a major university research project investigating lung disease in a Scottish “hot spot” for one of the world’s biggest killers.

Burns Cottage, Alloway. Copyright John McLeish CC

Robert Burns’ historic family cottage attacked by vandals

THE historic family cottage in Alloway where Robert Burns was born has been hit by vandals in an attack described as ‘sickening’.

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Dawn Meats and Dunbia are combining their operations in the UK. Picture: Ahn Young-joon/AP

Meat processing giants unveil merger plan for UK arms

Two of the country’s largest meat companies – which between them handle 900,000 cattle and 2.6 million sheep annually – have announced a merger deal that will see their business operations combined in a joint venture.

Kelburn Castle and Estate has been owned by the Boyle family since 1140. Picture: Contributed

Kelburn Castle gets £1m boost to carry on glamping

One of the oldest family-owned estates in Scotland has secured seven-figure funding to support the expansion of a luxury camping site.

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Police and emergency services were called to the River Ayr near Catrine. Picture: Gordon Brown\Geograph.org

Woman’s body found in East Ayrshire river

THE body of a woman has been found in a river in East Ayrshire.

Edinburgh Castle was the most visited Historic Environment Scotland attraction.

Quiz: Can you name these 11 Scottish castles?

They are dotted around Scotland and offer a unique insight into our history and our heritage, but can you name these different Scottish castles?

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Donald Forsyth joins the Inverness office of accountant Saffery Champness. Picture: Contributed

On the move: Latest appointments and promotions

Accountancy firm Saffery Champness has announced that Donald Forsyth has joined as a partner based in its Inverness office.

Alan Brown has revealed that ministers have so much trouble understanding his thick Ayrshire accent that he rarely receives direct answers to his questions (Photo: SNP/PA Wire

SNP MP complains parliament can’t make out his Ayrshire accent

Since sweeping en masse into Westminster the SNP’s MPs have complained they find the government’s policies incomprehensible – but for one Scottish MP, the problem is the other way around.

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Kirk Murdoch was hailed as one of the most distinguished lawyers of his generation. Picture: Contributed

Kirk Murdoch, doyen of Scots law sector, passes away

Pinsent Masons has announced “with great sadness” that Kirk Murdoch, chairman of the law firm in Scotland and Northern Ireland, has passed away “following a brave battle with illness”.

Ewan Henderson, global brand ambassador for the Lost Distillery Co, leads a Hong Kong whisky tasting. Picture: Contributed

Hong Kong expansion for Lost Distillery Scotch brand

Ayrshire-based boutique whisky producer The Lost Distillery Company has launched its award-winning range in Hong Kong and Macau.

Hazel had to be put down following the incident. Picture: Scottish SPCA

Family cat put down after being shot with air rifle

Shocking X-rays reveal the damage thugs caused when they shot a defenceless cat at close range with an air rifle.

Three teenagers were injured when the car left the road. Picture: John Devlin

3 teenagers hospitalised after crash on A713 in Ayrshire

Three teenagers have been taken to hospital after a car came off the road in Ayrshire and ended up in a field.

Services between Ayr and Maybole face disruption.

Scotrail services cancelled after person is struck by train

Rail services between Ayr and Maybole have been cancelled after a person was struck by a train.


Video: Young Scots meet Barcelona heroes at Prestwick Airport

Two young boys were over the moon after coming face to face with their footballing hero Lionel Messi.

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Kirkmichael House in South Ayrshire. Picture: Savills

The restored 17th century mansion with its own parkland, loch and river access

WHEN its current occupants first moved in, historic Kirkmichael House in South Ayrshire, though still grand and handsome, had seen better days.

Marks & Spencer said it was 'very disappointed' with the list. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

In full: Scottish Marks & Spencer stores at risk of closure

An unofficial list of Marks & Spencer stores at risk of closure includes three branches north of the Border.

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A segregated cycle path on Holmston Road in Ayr has been removed. Picture: Contributed

Task force launched after cycle routes axed

SNP transport minister Humza Yousaf today thrown down the gauntlet to Nationalist and other councillors who have scrapped existing and new segregated cycle lanes.
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The monument to Maggie Wall, who was killed in 1657 for being a witch, in Dunning, Perthshire. Picture: Contributed

List of ‘Scots witches’ published online for first time

The historic pages of a 350-year-old book used to record the names of those accused of witchcraft in Scotland have been published online for the first time.

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