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Five districts of Edinburgh changed beyond recognition

Edinburgh boasts one of Europe’s best-preserved urban centres, as illustrated in 1995 when the city’s Old and New Towns were designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. But while these twin historic districts were fortunate enough to survive two world wars unscathed, the city has not stood completely still in the years since.

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The Castle of Mey, Caithness. Picture: PA

Place name of the week: Caithness - Gallaibh

The English form Caithness is a name of Norse origin, on record in around 1200 AD in the Orkneyinga Saga as Katanes, meaning ‘the headland of the cats’.

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V&A, Dun Deagh

Cuid de bheachdan an t-sluaigh air an taghadh ionadail ri teachd

Tha na taghaidhean ionadail gu bhith ann aig toiseach an ath-mhìos agus dh’iarr an t-Albannach air ceathrar luchd-bhòtaidh na beachdan aca a thoirt dhuinn air na taghaidhean agus air na tha cudromach dhaibh nuair a bhios iad a’ bhòtadh.

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Author David Spaven. Picture: Contributed

Scottish author wins national ‘Railway Book of the Year’ award

AUTHOR David Spaven has won a prestigious Britain-wide transport award.

James McCune Smith became the first African American to receive a doctorate. Picture: University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow honours life of James McCune Smith

He was born a slave but would go on to become the first African American to receive a doctorate after being thrown an academic lifeline by a Scottish university.

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Video: the enduring mystery of the Lewis chessmen

Countless tides have rolled over the enchanting Lewis chessmen as they lay hidden under the sands of Uig Beach.

Loch Hakel. Picture: Contributed

Project launched to celebrate the Gaelic bard, Rob Dunn

HE is arguably as important to Gaelic poetry as his contemporary Robert Burns is to poetry in Scots.

The antics of Jack and Victor have generated a tourism spin-off for Scotland.

VisitScotland reveals tourism spin-off from Still Game

Smash hit comedy Still Game is helping to fuel a booming Scottish tourism spin-off from films and TV shows.

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A specially-branded open top bus was unveiled today to coincide with the World Fringe Day launch.

Global festivals celebration to mark Edinburgh Fringe's 70th birthday

A global celebration of festivals is to be staged for 24 hours in the run-up to the 70th anniversary Edinburgh Fringe - in a bit to emulate the worldwide buzz generated by St Patrick’s Day and Burns Night.
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Hugh Morrison examines an 18th century shield used by Highland clansmen.

Scottish art treasures to go on display in China

Dozens of historic Scottish paintings, photographs and historic treasures have been sent more than 5,000 miles away to go on display in the heart of one of China’s leading cultural attractions.

Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) pictured in front of Castle Leoch (in reality, Doune Castle). Picture: Starz

8 Scottish castles from film and television

Scotland has no shortage of picturesque castles and imposing towers, so it’s no surprise that a great many of them have featured on the TV screen or silver screen. We’ve picked out eight of the more recognisable film star fortresses around the country.

The 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named the nation's favourite golf hole.

Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed

It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
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Staffin School. Picture: Contributed

Plans unveiled to repopulate Skye crofting village

A NEW affordable housing development has been announced for a remote Skye community – the first in 18 years – with an aim to repopulate Staffin village.

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Piping Live! is launched in Glasgow with massive 23ft mural. Picture: Contributed

Colossal clansman launches piping hot summer in Glasgow

THE world’s biggest week of piping – Piping Live! and The Worlds – to return to Glasgow

Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, which has housed penguins for over 100 years. Picture: Ian Rutherford

A brief history of penguins and Scotland

To mark World Penguin Day 2017, we take a (somewhat brief and in no way extensive) look at the adorable bird’s links with Scotland.

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Across the UK, you will find spectacular scenery, quaint villages, dazzling architecture and bustling cities.

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Vikings take part 
during a torchlight procession through Edinburgh. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Millions of Brits could be descendants of Vikings, research finds

Millions of Brits could be descendants of Vikings - especially if their surname ends in ‘son’, according to experts.

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The Japanese Garden at Cowden in 1909. PIC: Contributed.

Historic Japanese garden to open for first time in 60 years

The ‘most important Japanese garden in the west’ is to open to the public for first time in more than 60 years after it was painstakingly restored in honour of the Scottish female explorer who created it on return from her travels in the early 1900s.

The miniature of Bonnie Prince Charlie presented to Ensign William Home. PIC: National Trust for Scotland, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s gifts to a 14-year-old soldier

They are small, special tokens of appreciation from Bonnie Prince Charlie to a loyal servant who signed up to the Jacobite army when aged just 14.

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Music charity founder Tommy McGrory is organising the Baker Street tribute with the Paisley 2021 bid team.

Baker Street tribute to be staged in Paisley in Gerry Rafferty's honour

It was the song that made Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty his fortune after becoming a world-wide hit and has been played on radio more than five million times over nearly 40 years.

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