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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Dundas Castle offering glamping accomodation

EDINBURGH will soon be welcoming thousands for its festival season, but many visitors find it difficult to find available - and inexpensive - accommodation in the city.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Jean Cameron, Project Director of Paisleys UK City of Culture 2021 bid. Picture: John Devlin

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.

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
Exterior of Saughton prison in Edinburgh. Picture: TSPL

George Robertson: The last man hanged in Edinburgh

He was the last man to be hanged in Edinburgh – and it would be hard to think of a crime more horrific to earn such a dubious ‘honour’.

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Heathrow Airport sponsors KnitFest 2017.

Heathrow Airport revealed as sponsor for Highland knit festival

THE UK’s biggest airport has been announced as headline sponsor of crafts festival Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The 'Lady in a Fur Wrap' has been in Glasgow's museums collection for more than half a century.

Can the riddle of the Lady in a Fur Wrap finally be solved?

Scientific tests have been launched to try to crack a long-standing riddle over the true identity of the artist behind one of Glasgow's most celebrated paintings - and their enigmatic subject.

Shot putt at the North Berwick Highland Games. Picture: VisitScotland

Highland Games season underway - but where can you see them?

THE Highland Games is well upon us with over 80 events taking place across Scotland, attracting over 150,000 visitors and generating millions of pounds.

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The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Stirling Castle, where there is a regimental museum.

Bruce Russell: Help us tell proud story of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Museums used to be founded on the belief that history, once captured in glass cases, was fixed and permanent. Nowadays the best museums are dynamic places, where new interpretations and alternative views are positively encouraged. Like everything else, the past is changing at an ever-increasing speed.

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Inverness or Inbhir Nis, the confluence of the river Ness. Picture: Neil Hanna

Place name of the week: Inverness - Inbhir Nis

Inverness (Inuernis in 1187) is of course established in Gaelic as Inbhir Nis ‘the confluence of the river Ness’ but its fame in the Gaelic-speaking world has meant that the pronunciation of the name has been subject to several dialectal peculiarities.

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Taghadh de na leabhraichean agus irisean spors a tha rim faotainn anns an Leabharlann Naiseanta.

’S ann dha a rug an cat an cuilean: Ùisdean san Leabharlann Nàiseanta

Chan eil a leithid de dh’àite ann air an t-saoghal ann an iomadach dòigh, agus ged a tha iomadh Leabharlann Nàiseanta ann air feadh an t-saoghail, bu chòir dhuinn a bhith moiteil às an aitreabh phrìseil againn fhèin air Drochaid Sheòrais IV anns a’ phrìomh-bhaile, an Dùn Èideann.

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Ardnamurchan, the most westerly point of mainland Britain.

Place name of the week: Ardnamurchan - Àird nam Murchan

This, the most westerly point of mainland Britain, is in Gaelic, Àird nam Murchan ‘the promontory of the seals’.

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Seonaidh Caimbeul le a bhean Peigi.

Bàrdachd le ochd buill dhen aon teaghlach, thar trì ginealaichean

Tha Bho Ghinealach gu Ginealach: Taghadh de na h-Òrain aig Caimbeulaich Taobh a Deas Loch Baghasdail, deasaichte le Jo NicDhòmhnaill agus Màiri Anna Chaimbeul (Ceòlas Uibhist, £15), ’na leabhar math ach neònach, millte gu ìre le nòiseanan nan daoine a chuir a-mach e. Fàgaidh mi an neònachas an dara taobh an-dràsta, ’s their mi an toiseach car son a tha e math.

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Irisean ùra Gàidhlig air fàire agus tsiops san Dolphin Grill

Irisean ùra Gàidhlig air fàire agus tsiops san Dolphin Grill

Chaidh iris ùr Ghàidhlig, Tuath, a chur air bhog aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig o chionn ghoirid le leughaidhean bho Mhaoilios Caimbeul agus bho Choinneach Lindsay. Bha leughaidhean ann cuideachd bho Bhoyd Robasdan, Iain Urchardan, Jo NicDhòmhnaill agus bho Mhaoilios Caimbeul mar chuimhneachan air Dòmhnall MacAmhlaigh a chaochail am-bliadhna.

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Nearly 200 years ago, the name Stormont was transferred to an estate in Northern Ireland, where the Northern Ireland Assembly was built. Picture: PA

Place name of the week: The Stormont - An Stòrmonn

Although this name is little used today, the Stormont (Starmonde in 1376) is the name of a traditional region in Perthshire between the Rivers Tay, Isla and Ericht.

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Prestonpans Tapestry to go on show at Scottish Parliament

Prestonpans Tapestry to go on show at Scottish Parliament

IT includes 10 million colourful stitches, took 25,000 painstaking hours to complete and depicts the journey of one of Scotland’s most famous historical characters.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Chairman Donald MacNeil and committee members of the Highland Area Aberdeen Angus Club at Dingwall Marts Drovers Monument. Picture: Supplied

Angus cattle to get Northern Exposure this summer

THE largest gathering of Angus herds and cattle in the Highlands for a generation will take place in June.

Aberdeen & North East
One of the objects found among the Viking Galloway hoard.

Leader comment: Treasure hoard should be shared

Given it has been buried out of sight for the best part of a millennium, it is welcome news that scores of glittering highlights from the Galloway Hoard will go on show in a matter of weeks.

Head carver Martins Cirulis works on a design for the front panel. Picture Toby Williams

The mission to resurrect the GSA’s Mackintosh library

Dani Garavelli meets the band of elite craftsmen who live and breathe a project to resurrect part of Mackintosh’s razed art school… but not in Glasgow

Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross will leave Kelvingrove to go on loan in September. Picture: Robert Ormerod

Salvador Dali painting to leave Glasgow on loan

It is perhaps the most famous painting in Scotland. But fans of Salvador Dali’s iconic work, Christ of St John of the Cross, are advised to make the most of it before the artwork is loaned to two museums south of the border.

Michael Wiper is the brewer behind the biscuit-flavoured beer.

Brewers take the biscuit with flavoured beer

It has a biscuit-making heritage going back more than two centuries – when William Crawford started a baking business in a small shop in Leith and it grew to become a household name throughout Britain.

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