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The once bustling Aberdeen street that disappeared

It was home to one of Aberdeen’s most famous taverns and a jumble of wooden booths where watchmakers, confectioners, hat makers and booksellers would sell their wares.

Aisha Toussaint has been revealed as the new star of Raven ahead of its return later this year.

New star for Raven reboot unveiled as show heads for Cairngorms

The Cairngorm mountains are to get a starring role providing the spectacular backdrop to a children’s fantasy adventure show.
70-year-old signage from Mr Boni's ice cream shop has recently been uncovered and will be preserved. Picture: Christine Vincenti

In pictures: Edinburgh’s best-preserved ghost signs

EDINBURGH is an ancient city and has played host to countless merchants and businesses over the course of its long life-span.

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Detail of how the Battle Stone at Aberlemno may have looked is colour had been used by the Picts to enhance the stonework. PIC: Historic Environment Scotland.

Scotland’s Pictish stones like you have never seen before

Scotland’s Pictish Stones may have been painted in bright, vivid colours to show off the sculptures which were crafted around 1,500 years ago.

Father and sons take the fuel home in peat creel baskets. PIC: Courtesy of Gairloch Museum.

Peat: the past and future of a Highland lifeline

It was a “vital lifeline” for Highland and Island communities for centuries - a dark, distinctive fuel cut from vast expanses of boggy ground to power homes.

Reg Varney  makes the first withdrawal from a Barclaycash machine, at the Enfield branch of Barclays Bank in 1967. Picture: PA

Scottish invented ATM celebrates 50 years in operation

It is the brainchild of Scottish inventors which transformed everyday banking for millions of people around the world.

The origins of Edinburgh's name go back to the 6th century. Picture: TSPL

Why is Edinburgh called Edinburgh?

THE origin of the name Edinburgh has fascinated me for as long as I can recall.

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Nicolson's claims to the true birthplace of Harry Potter. Picture: Pamela Grigg for News/Stephanie Todd

Edinburgh cafe’s claim to be true birthplace of Harry Potter

Ask most Harry Potter fans where JK Rowling first conjured up the boy wizard and they will point to the Elephant House cafe on Edinburgh’s George IV Bridge.

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A Gaelic adviser on the new film has also worked on hit series Outlander

Hannah Scott: War drama that could give Gaelic a new voice

A Scottish film ­company ­is adapting the story of two soldiers who used Gaelic to confuse and evade pursuing Germans in the Second World War.

Paolo Nutini will be playing at Paisley Abbey to support the town's bid to become UK City of Culture.

Paolo Nutini to play charity gig in Paisley Abbey to help culture capital bid

Paolo Nutini is to perform a huge charity concert in his home town’s historic abbey to help its bid to become the UK’s next culture capital.
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Gaelic drama Bannan is filmed almost entirely on the Isle of Skye.

£4m deal secures future of Gaelic drama Bannan for next four years

The company set up on the Isle of Skye by the producer of the hit comedy The Inbetweeners has won a new four-year deal to continue making a Gaelic drama series there.

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Collection of photographs reminds us of an era when the island had people living on it. Picture: Alan Hendry

The eerie still of the abandoned isle of Stroma

The images show traces of a life once lived on the island of Stroma that was abandoned by its last resident more than 50 years ago.

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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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.

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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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