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World heritage sites to be transformed under new Scottish tourism campaign

Scotland’s world heritage sites will be brought to life by spectacular sound and light projections, pop-up festivals and street musicians, dramatic Viking re-enactments, a “Great Roman Bake-Off” and a St Kilda version of Minecraft.
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Could the character of Ebenezer Scrooge really have been inspired by an Edinburgh gravestone? Picture: Contributed.

How an Edinburgh gravestone inspired Ebenezer Scrooge

EBENEZER Scrooge: the quintessential, miserly-old curmudgeon. How appropriate then to have been inspired by a Scot.

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Dunottar Castle in Aberdeenshire is close to toasting its 100,000th visitor of 2016. Picture: Wikimedia

Dunnottar Castle set to welcome visitor 100,000

STAFF are in celebration mode as historic Dunnottar Castle prepares to welcome its 100,000th visitor of the year.

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Boatman Sandy Linton pictured at Newhaven Harbour.

Early photographs of Edinburgh to be shown in new National Galleries show

Their partnership was to last just over four years but their contribution is revered as one of the most important in the history of photography.
A 1955 view across Govan, taken from the Meadowside Granary in Partick. The Harland & Wolff shipyard on the left closed in 1963. The Fairfield yard on the right is now owned by BAE Systems and is still in operation. All pictures: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums & Libraries

Exhibition captures the changing face of the River Clyde

It’s the river that powered Glasgow’s transformation from a small university town to an industrial powerhouse in the 19th century.

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The Mitre on the Royal Mile. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Five of Edinburgh’s most haunted pubs

EDINBURGH has the twin distinction of being one of Europe’s most haunted cities whilst having more pubs per square kilometre than anywhere else in Scotland. It’s a marriage made in hell.

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A model of Nessie at the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition in Drumnadrochit. Sightings of the 'real' Nessie are at their highest since 2000. Picture: Jane Barlow

Loch Ness Monster sightings at highest level ‘since 2000’

Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster are at their highest since the year 2000, the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register has confirmed.

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Nursery at Craiglockhart Poorhouse, c1895. Picture: City Archives.

Life in an Edinburgh poorhouse

FOR many poverty-stricken families in Victorian Scotland the poorhouse was often the only option to survive.

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A number of distilleries were shut down following World War I - but the Lost Distillery Company are recreating some of the lost whiskies. File picture: Getty Images

Whisky firm reviving malts from Scotland’s lost distilleries

The First World War was ultimately responsible for the loss of a number of Scottish whisky distilleries, according to a leading whisky entrepreneur.

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Dumbarton Rock, which towers over the River Clyde, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Alt Clud. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Ivar the Boneless and a brutal Viking invasion of Scotland

He may sound like a character from Game of Thrones, but Ivar the Boneless was a terrifying reality to communities across Britain in the ninth century.

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Picture: SWNS

Mystery cairn found on Braemar golf course

A mystery cairn has been discovered during works to improve a golf course.

The Scottish Government is ploughing an extra �90,000 to provide the curtain-raiser to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe in 2017. Photograph: Steven Scott Taylor

Let there be lights – and lasers – at Hogmanay tribute to 70th Festival

The 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh Festival are to be heralded at the climax of the capital’s Hogmanay festivities, organisers revealed today.

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The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow. Picture: Thomas Annan

Exhibition sheds light on pioneering work of Scots photographers

Pictures by early champions of the art of photography in Scotland have gone on display in a collection of the first books to be illustrated using the nascent technology.

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Heinrich Steinmeyer in his SS uniform. Picture: SWNS

WWII German POW leaves nearly £400k to ‘kind’ village of Comrie

A former German prisoner of war has left nearly £400,000 to a small Scottish village for the kindness shown to him during his captivity.

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Mary Slessor , from Dundee, a missionary who worked to tackle barbarism against children in south Nigeria. PIC: Centre for the Study of World Christianity,
University of Edinburgh.

Mary Slessor: the Scot who took on 19th Century African tribes

There can be only few who match the selfless bravery of Mary Slessor, born on this day in 1848, who left her jute mill job in Dundee for West Africa and went on to save the lives of numerous children amid the barbarism of 19th Century tribal life.

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Life study of Sean Connery, 1952 by Richard Demarco, with thanks to Giclee UK.

Sean Connery: How ‘Mr Oddjob’ became 007

THOMAS Sean Connery had more jobs in his early days than you could shake a martini at.

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From The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow by Thomas Annan. PIC: NLS.

The photos of Scotland’s 19th Century camera pioneers

They were the men behind the lens who forged Scotland’s pioneering place in the development of photography during the 19th Century.

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Kinnaird Head Lighthouse near Fraserburgh, Scotland's first modern lighthouse, lit in 1787. PIC The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.

On this day 1787: Scotland’s first lighthouse is lit at 3.31pm

On this day in 1787, the first modern lighthouse in Scotland was lit at 3.31pm with sailors up to 14 miles away instantly guided by the 17 lamps of burning whale oil.

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Picture: John Devlin

Glasgow’s Piping Live! festival contributes £2.3m to economy

Glasgow’s international piping festival has contributed £2.3 million to the local economy.

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