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Culture clash: Perth v Paisley in title fight

In Dunn Square in Paisley, the statues of industrial giants Thomas and Peter Coats gaze proprietorially over the skyline their success helped create. The brothers, former owners of J & P Coats thread mills, face away from each other. Thomas has a top hat in his left hand and his right tucked into his waistcoat. Peter sports sideburns Paul Weller would kill for. Each has an imperious expression on his face and a seagull perched on his droppings-encrusted head.

More than 350 objects, including loans from the Vatican and the Louvre, are in the new Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum.

National Museum facing protests over lack of Gaelic in Jacobites exhibition

A major new exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is facing protests today over claims it has sidelined the Gaelic language.

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North Gaulton Castle Seastack. Picture: VisitScotland

5 hidden tourist gems on Orkney

THERE are a host of well-known tourist attractions when you visit Orkney, but what about the lesser-known tourism gems?

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Charles I as depicted by Gerrit van Honthorst in 1628. PIC: Creative Commons.

When the King ‘healed’ 100 people at Holyrood Palace

They came to be cured of scrofula - and left the Palace with a gold coin hung around their necks on white ribbon.

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Cartoon of a dancing bear in the Glasgow Looking Glass, July 8 1825. PIC: Special Collections at Glasgow University Library.

The street bear shot for wrestling a Glasgow councillor

Bruin the performing bear was well known on the streets of mid-19th Century Glasgow as the sidekick of travelling showman Antonio Dallori, who also went by the stage name of Aunty Dolly.

Lochindorb Castle near Grantown-on-Spey - the Wolf's secluded island home. PIC: YouTube.

The Wolf of Badenoch - Scotland’s vilest man?

He was known as the Wolf of Badenoch - or sometimes the Celtic Attila.

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A Blue Man of Minch?

Scottish folklore traditions in danger of dying out

They are tales and legends which form the backbone of Scottish culture and heritage, but the nation’s rich folklore tradition is under threat.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver travelling canteen is part of the National Museum's Jacobites exhibition.

National Museum’s Jacobite exhibition shows Vatican treasures

Historic treasures from the Vatican and Rome have gone on loan to the National Museum of Scotland the first major exhibition dedicated to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites for 70 years.

People & Places
Scotland has many flags in use, as well as the Saltire and Lion Rampant. Picture: Contributed

Quiz: Do you know what these Scottish flags represent?

We all know the Saltire and the Lion Rampant, but how familiar are you with Scotland’s other flags?

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IRONBREW bottle label taken from an advert in the American Bottle in 1906. PIC: SWNS.

Was Irn-Bru actually invented in America?

A Scots ex-pat has claimed that Irn-Bru - Scotland’s other national drink - was actually invented in the United States.

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Stirling Castle will run special tours this weekend to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. PIC Wikimedia.

Stirling Castle marks Battle of Bannockburn anniversary

Stirling Castle and its links to Robert the Bruce will be examined in a special tour to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Castlelaw hill fort in Midlothian. Details of all hill forts found across the UK have been mapped in an online database for the first time. Picture: Kieran Baxter/Arts and Humanities Research Council/PA Wire

Scotland’s hidden hill forts revealed in online catalogue

They are ancient gathering places, used for trading, social gatherings, and to perhaps fend off the advances of unwelcome interlopers.

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The mausoleum on Stroma where mummified bodies could once reportedly be found. PIC: Wikicommons.

The odd case of the mummified bodies of Stroma

The sea spray over the isle of Stroma was so fierce that it’s said to have mummified bodies in its mausoleum - with the preserved corpses becoming an unlikely visitor attraction in the 1700s.

The  air raid shelt discovered by Scottish Water contractors. PIC: Scottish Water.

Lost air raid shelter unearthed by workmen in Montrose

A hidden piece of military history has been unearthed by workmen who dug up a preserved WWII air raid shelter in Montrose.

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A painting of Rab Ha, also known as the Glasgow Glutton, which hangs in the Glasgow pub that bears his name. PIC: TSPL/John Devlin.

Who was Rab Ha’ aka The Glasgow Glutton?

He was well known in 19th Century Glasgow for his ability to eat, eat - and eat some more.

Mr Campbell, an unemployed brickworker, outside the closed Walkinshaw brick works near Paisley. Picture: Larry Herman/Contributed

Industrial decline of Glasgow and Clydeside captured in pictures

Clydeside, stretching from Glasgow, through Paisley, Renfrew and out to Greenock - was once the engine room of the British Empire. A land of shipyards, foundries, factories, mills, and brickworks. But by the 1970s the empire was gone and so to was much of Scotland’s heavy industry.

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The Ring of Brodgar on Orkney where people will gather to celebrate the summer solstice tomorrow (Wednesday). PIC: Flickr/Alessio Di Leo

Pagan wedding to mark summer solstice at Ring of Brodgar

An early morning Pagan wedding will be held at the Ring of Brodgar standing stones on Orkney as part of summer solstice celebrations at the ancient site.

Boatel at Lochrin Basin. Picture: Greg Macvean.

7 unusual places to stay in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Including a treehouse, shipping container and a stay at a haunted castle.

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The historic hillside of the Turkish city of Mardin.

Edinburgh heritage experts to help revive historic Turkish cities

Heritage experts in Edinburgh have been awarded £1.2 million to help restore and repair historic cities in Turkey which have been badly damaged by the Syrian conflict in recent years.

Billy Connolly challenged the tartan and shortbread stereotype of Scots. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Sophie Law: The Big Yin offered an alternative to tartan stereotypes

The unveiling of three murals on Glasgow ­tenement walls which pay tribute to Billy Connolly on his 75th birthday, make it clear that The Big Yin is more than simply a Scottish comedian.

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