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VisitScotland banks on virtual reality to spark new boom

A host of Scotland’s best-known visitor attractions and historic landmarks have been turned into virtual reality experiences for a new mobile phone app.
The Tolbooth Steeple at Glasgow Cross, one of the city's oldest districts. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Ten of Glasgow’s oldest buildings

IT BOASTS an architectural history which spans the best part of a thousand years, but Glasgow’s rich heritage trail is often completely ignored.

Bass Rock was once home to the hermit monk St Baldred. PIC Jon Savage/TSPL.

The hermit who lived on Bass Rock

It reached notoriety during the 17th Century as a remote, unforgiving jail for Scotland’s political and religious prisoners.

Xi'an in China is Edinburgh's largest sister city, with a population of over 8.7 million people. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

10 cities you didn’t know were twinned with Edinburgh

EDINBURGH has official international links with 10 different cities across the globe, but how many of these civic partnerships were you aware of?

Jimmy Boyle at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh in 1999. Convicted of murder in 1967, the Glaswegian became a bestselling author and acclaimed sculptor after renouncing violence while serving time in Barlinnie prison. Picture: Graham Hamilton/TSPL

How Jimmy Boyle went from violent gangster to leading artist

When Jimmy Boyle was convicted of killing a fellow Glasgow gangster in November 1967, few could have predicted the transformation he would undergo in prison.

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Video: Kelpies sculptor Andy Scott on his influences

Glasgow sculptor Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”. is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”.

The derelict  Drummond Arms Hotel in Crieff has links to the Jacobite uprising with hopes it can be brought back into use.

Bonnie Prince Charlie hotel to be revived

A HOTEL where Bonnie Prince Charlie ate, drank and held his last Council of War before his inglorious defeat at Culloden is to be brought back to use after lying derelict for several years.

New images showing the impact of the Royal High School hotel development were released last week.

New campaign to thwart Royal High School hotel bid

Leading heritage bodies are joining forces on a major new campaign against a plan to turn one of the Scottish most celebrated landmarks into a luxury hotel – warning it “threatens to ruin Edinburgh’s cityscape forever”.

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A depiction of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the dress he wore to flee Scotland. PIC NLS/Creative Commons.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dress that became a fashion hit

It is a swatch of material that tells the story of one of Scotland’s most famous escapes.

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The Scotsman building was built in 1905. While no longer housing this newspaper, the building is still with us. Picture: Capital Collections

Lost Edinburgh: Comparing then and now

THERE are areas of Edinburgh which have changed beyond all recognition. These thirty then and now images allow us to contrast, compare and better track those changes.

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The Neist Point lighthouse on the Isle of Skye.

Scotland’s lighthouses help illuminate the tourist market

They were built as a navigational aid for seafarers but many now double up as hotels and tourists attractions.

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Sauchiehall Street is hard for outsiders to pronounce. Picture: TSPL

The origins of Glasgow’s famous street names explained

Up until the mid-1700s there were only thirteen streets in Glasgow, as well as a handful of lanes, squares and roads.

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Fringe shows have been staged in St Andrew Square Garden for the last three years.

Last-ditch plea over Fringe shows banned from historic square

Edinburgh Festival Fringe promoters have issued an eleventh-hour plea for a rethink over a ban on shows being staged in a historic New Town garden after city council chiefs rejected a bid to relocate them elsewhere.
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Roslin Glen in autumn with chapel visible (left). Picture: Tom Duffin/WeePhotos

Roslin 1303: Scotland’s forgotten battle

ON THIS DAY in 1303, a Scots army defied all the odds to defeat the English at the battle of Roslin. It ended as the bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil, but remains largely forgotten.

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A hero killed in action has been awarded an honour from the Queen 65 years on. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

Fallen war hero gets honour from the Queen 65 years on

A HERO soldier killed in action during the Korean War has been honoured by the Queen – 65 years after his death.

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A copy of James Craig's New Town plan which was first published in 1767. Picture: NLS Archives

Picture quiz: Edinburgh New Town landmarks

TO MARK the launch of Edinburgh’s Georgian Shadows, the fantastic new lightshow event celebrating 250 years since James Craig’s New Town plan, we thought we’d brush up on our New Town knowledge and highlight ten of the World Heritage Site’s foremost public buildings, residences and landmarks.

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Jean Andrew is presented with the Elizabeth Cross in memory of her brother Private John Lindop Beattie. Picture: John Devlin

Scot killed in Cyprus Emergency awarded Elizabeth Cross

The sister of a Scottish soldier killed during service more than 60 years ago has collected an honour in his memory.

Mary Slessor, Missionary, (1848-1915), was a celebrated missionary whose work in Africa was inspired by David Livingstone. 
She worked tirelessly to improve quality of life in Calabar and  challenged local superstitions and beliefs to save the lives of twins and their mothers. PIC: The Wallace Monument.

Who should be Scotland’s first official heroine?

The search is on for the first woman to enter Scotland’s Hall of Fame at the National Wallace Monument.

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Bid launched to keep Viking hoard in Dumfries and Galloway

A campaign has been launched to ensure a 1,000-year-old Viking hoard found buried in a Dumfries and Galloway field stays in the local area.

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Kilchrist Castle near Campbeltown is being sold for offers over �220,000.

Castle for sale for less than Edinburgh semi-detached

A 19th Century castle that sits in 10 acres of ground has gone on sale for less than the price of a semi-detached house in Edinburgh.

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