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11 secrets of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket you probably didn’t know

Think you know the Grassmarket?

Frozen unicorn in George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scotland’s history to be told in stunning ice sculpture display

This stunning unicorn sculpture is part of an ice installation to go on display in Edinburgh.

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The Picture House's line-up of films being shown in 1960.

Campbeltown Picture House archives get national treasure status

A treasure trove from the archives of Scotland’s long-running cinema has been secured for the nation.

‘Record year’ for alleged sightings of Loch Ness monster

Fans of Scotland’s favourite mythical beast have enjoyed a bumper 2017, with Nessie enthusiasts claiming a record number of sightings have been made.

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Neil Oliver's NTS appointment has proved controversial. Picture: Dan Phillips

Kirsty Gunn: Fearful, divided Scotland risks becoming like poet’s abusive father

We are a divided nation. The terrible row over the appointment of Neil Oliver as president for The National Trust for Scotland is proof of a country that has become riven with animosities and strife, unable to make a reasonable show of letting both sides of a debate have their time. Instead, it seems, we’ve devoured the very idea of a dialectic discussion with its shared outcomes and reasoned argument.

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Alasdair Graham, of architects Chipperfield, and Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the Impact Trust, at the site of the new concert hall.

£45m Edinburgh concert hall to open up access to huge chunk of New Town

Edinburgh’s new £45 million concert hall will open up access to a huge swathe of little-known New Town squares, lanes, terraces and gardens, its backers have revealed.

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Saltmarket from Bridgegate, 1868  1871 by Thomas Annan. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

The early images that show how Scotland pioneered photography

During the 19th century, the new art form of photography gave people the ability to capture images in a revolutionary way.

The Maid of the Loch laid up at Balloch in 1997. The paddle steamship was launched in 1953 but has not sailed since 1981. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Campaign to restore historic Loch Lomond paddle steamer

She was the last paddle steamship built in the UK but has not sailed in over three decades. Now a campaign has been launched to complete the restoration of the Maid of the Loch with the aim of seeing her sail on Loch Lomond once more.

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The real Edinburgh doctor who inspired Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes may reside on London’s Baker Street – but Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthplace, played an important part in the detective’s creation.

Pitlochry, 1955. The Vale of Atholl pipe band leads the Tartan Queen and attendants through the streets during Tartan Week. Picture: TSPL

Place name of the week: Pitlochry - Baile Chloichridh

Like many names beginning with Pit- in Scotland, the English form derives from an older form than the Gaelic. The original Gaelic form was Peit Chloichridh ‘the stead of the stoney place’; this is the form from which the English version derives.

Midge Ure and exhibition curator Stephen Allen at the National Museum of Scotland today.

National Museum exhibition to chart history of Scottish pop music

The story of Scottish pop music over more than half a century is to be charted in a landmark exhibition.
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BBC Scotland's coverage of the Tattoo will be beamed into 54 Canadian cinemas later this month.

Edinburgh Tattoo to stage cinema screenings for the first time

Organisers of the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have unveiled plans to take the event into cinemas for the first time - with a pilot to be rolled out in Canada.

Nina Nesbitt launches #Scotword - a call to Scotland's young people to shout about what makes them proud to live in Scotland. Picture: Lesley Martin

Search begins for a single word that sums up Scottish pride

A nationwide search for a single word about Scottish pride which will become an official symbol of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations is up and running.

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60 years of front page news in The Scotsman

As this newspaper celebrates its 200th birthday with a reception at the Scottish Parliament, this year marks another big anniversary and a defining moment – replacing adverts with news and pictures on the front page

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Brora Distillery in Sutherland. Picture: SWNS

‘Lost’ malts to be reborn at reopened Scottish distilleries

Two “lost” Scotch whisky distilleries are to be revived with a major investment more than 30 years after they were shut down.

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Steamtrain on the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Snow

Scotland’s tourism ‘pressure points’ to be reviewed

Scotland’s national tourism agency is carrying out a country-wide review of infrastructure amid growing fears that areas like Skye, Glenfinnan and the North Coast 500 route are being swamped with visitors, The Scotsman can reveal.

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The Athenia, which was built in Govan, was the first UK ship to be sunk by Germany during World War II. Picture: Wikicommons

Wreck of first UK ship sunk in WW2 ‘discovered near Ireland’

The wreck of a liner built in Glasgow that became the first British ship to be sunk during the Second World War has reportedly been discovered on the Atlantic seabed.

The treasure was discovered in a closet in Fettercairn House

Fettercairn jewel goes on public display for first time

A precious jewel discovered during the clear-out of a mansion house in Aberdeenshire has gone on public display for the first time.

Picture: The Plough ride (left) was the largest Chair-O-Planes ride in the world, Gary McNair / Flickr

Uncovering the tragic secrets of Ayrshire’s abandoned theme park

Loudoun Castle Theme Park was one of Ayrshire’s biggest attractions in the 1990s, and families from nearby Glasgow often enjoyed a day out there.

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Glasgow University with its grand architecture may have  benefited from money generated  by the slave trade; below, David McDonald. Picture: Danny Lawson

Glasgow University sets up study to chart any links to slavery

Glasgow University has appointed a researcher to investigate links between it and the slave trade in the late-18th and early-19th centuries.

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