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The story of The Scotsman Steps

In a city as layered as Edinburgh there are no shortage of steps.

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Five reasons a visit to Loch Lomond is good for the soul

Press the escape button and head to Loch Lomond.

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Forensic experts think they have found the remains of Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat, and the last man beheaded at the Tower of London, in 1747, for supporting the Jacobite rebellion.

Forensic experts close to identifying remains of Lord Lovat

Forensic experts who exhumed a body from a Highland crypt - hoping it contained the remains of a 18th-century clan chief - believe they have found a bone to provide DNA.

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Work is intensifiying to protect the rare North Ronaldsay sheep  and rebuild the dyke that creates their unique habitat. Courtesy of Orkney Sheep Foundation.

Saving the ancient seaweed-eating sheep of North Ronaldsay

A campaign to save the unique seaweed-eating sheep of North Ronaldsay and to restore the historic 13-mile dyke which protects the rare breed has been stepped up.

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Skipness Castle, which dates from the 13th century, lies on the east coast of Kintyre. Picture: Wikicommons

Meet the ‘castle hunter’ exploring Scotland’s fortresses

Scotland is world famous for its castles. But the question of just how many there are is not easy to answer.

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Bridget Duffy, 34, of Edinburgh, appears among the mugshots on show. She was accused of theft. PIC: Edinburgh City Archives.

Coming face-to-face with the crooks of Edinburgh’s past

The public will come face-to-face with the thieves, confidence tricksters and pickpockets of Edinburgh’s past at a new exhibition.

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The front of houses ripped off by the waves in Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire, during the storm in 1953. PIC: Contributed.

The great North Sea flood that killed 2,500 people

Eleanor Hepburn was just 12 when her father, an Aberdeenshire coastguard, told her over lunch that she was about to see something that she would never see again in her life.

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Harpist Anna Tait Westwell, from Oban has won the 2017 Sir Philip Christison Trophy at the Royal National Mod in Fort William. PIC: John Paul Peebles.

Record numbers celebrating Gaelic culture at the Mòd

The Royal National Mòd - the celebration of Gaelic language, music, art and song - is now underway in Fort William with a record number of people taking part in competition and performances.

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An aerial view of Loudoun Castle in East Ayrshire, which was substantially rebuilt in the early 19th century. It was ruined by a fire in 1942. Picture: Contributed

Loudoun Castle could be restored by Titantic Quarter developer

It’s the ruined 19th century country house once dubbed the ‘Windsor of Scotland’, but better known to a generation of Scots as the location of a long-closed theme park.

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A replica of The Hector which is moored in the harbour at Pictou. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr.

Scotland gifts Canada sculpture to honour early emigrants

A hand-carved stone sculpture featuring the ship that carried some of the first Scottish emigrants to Canada is to be presented to the Canadian Government.

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Eileen Nisbet (left) and Nan Rourke Rafferty (right) have met up for the first time in more than 50 years. Picture: Neil Hanna

Patrick Thomson’s pair reunited after more than 50 years

MORE than half a century ago they worked together at one of Edinburgh’s premier shopping institutions. Now they live on opposite corners of the globe from each other, but they’ve ­finally been reunited.

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The apartments at Ramsay Garden are now some of the most desirable properties in Edinburgh. Picture: Tony Hisgett / Wikimedia Commons

Ramsay Garden: From student halls to million pound property

The flats at Ramsay Garden are an iconic part of central Edinburgh‘s skyline.

The White Horse Bar has been serving drinkers in the Royal Mile since the 17th century

Oldest pub on the Royal Mile to become oyster bar

It has served thirsty drinkers in Edinburgh’s Old Town since the 17th century.

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The Sauceress: Dr Claire Gerrard, aka Spectra Vox, poses near her home on Lewis for the Goth on the Croft calendar. PIC: Chris Macleod.

‘Goth on the Croft’ charity calendar launched

A new “Goth on the Croft” charity calendar has been inspired by one woman’s move to the Outer Hebrides.

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The Skye Bridge opened on October 16, 1995. PIC:  Chris Furlong/Getty Images.

How the Skye Bridge changed island life

It spans less than a mile - but its impact on the isle of Skye has been infinite.

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On this day 1962: King Olav visits Edinburgh

FOR probably the first and only time in history, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh slipped into the Capital with virtually zero fanfare. It was 16 October 1962 and the British royals were not the star attraction.

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Long before Markus Zusaks character, Liesel Meminger, there was another infamous book thief operating in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

The real Edinburgh reverend who stole literature centuries before The Book Thief

There could be very little common ground between a fictional 12 year old girl in war-torn Nazi Germany and a real 19th century Scottish man of the cloth – besides a mutual appreciation for stealing books, that is.

Children playing on a lorry by Roger Mayne, Glasgow, 1958. � Katkin Tremayne.

Growing up in Scotland captured in new photo show

Glorious photographs which capture a Scottish childhood from across the decades have gone on show at a new exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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Granton Castle.

Work underway to revive long-lost medieval garden in Edinburgh

Beyond a small wooden door on the fringes of an industrial site near the Granton shore, lies, most unexpectedly, a secret medieval garden.

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The dark secrets of 17th century Edinburgh’s house of horrors

The dark secrets of 17th century Edinburgh’s house of horrors

Today, the area surrounding Edinburgh’s West Bow is one of the city’s most picturesque locations, with pretty cobbled streets, colourful shops, and welcoming cafes.

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