50 things to do in Argyll this summer

If you’re struggling to find something to do during the summer, why not head to Argyll? The ancient shire on the western seaboard of Scotland is full of historic and contemporary activities for all the family.

Roman coin found at Rousay. Picture: Swandro

Rare Roman coin found at Orkney dig site

AN ancient Roman coin dating back around 1600 years has been discovered in Rousay, Orkney .

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A new cruise vessel will operate on Loch Lomond. Picture Robert Perry

Loch Lomond cruise fleet grows to eight after new delivery

A NEW vessel has joined a fleet of private cruise vessels on Loch Lomond.

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Alien bloc opens today. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh’s newest climbing centre opens its doors

EDINBURGH’S newest climbing centre is set to open today, promising to make the sport more accessible to a greater number of people than ever before.

One of Majestic Lines three cruise ships. Picture: Supplied

Cruising in Scotland offers appeal to food lovers

SCOTLAND’S small-ship charter firm The Majestic Line has launched its 2018 brochure - with an aim to appeal to food lovers.

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Chrisetta Mitchell, Jimina MacLeod, Chrisell MacLeod, Mina Nicolson and Donna Barden complete their charity climb. Picture: Contributed

Munro-bagging women raise cash for Cystic Fibrosis charity

A HARDY team of five ladies completed an epic adventure by climbing seven Munros in less than 24 hours - all in aid of cystic fibrosis charity The Leanne Fund.

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition to be hosted this Saturday.

Paisley town centre to host pipe band competition

Paisley town centre will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent for the annual Paisley Pipe Band Competition this Saturday.

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History on your doorstep - explore the new Jacobite Trail

10 surprising facts about Bonnie Prince Charlie

Revered by some as a romantic hero who tried to save the very soul of Scotland, reviled by others as ‘The Young Pretender’ who heedlessly led as many as two thousand to their death in the Battle of Culloden in an act of arrogance. Beautiful and cultured in youth, dissipated and gouty in his dotage: it’s not hard to see why Bonnie Prince Charlie looms large in the Scottish imagination to this day.

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A guide to walking Ben Lui and its neighbour Beinn a’Chleibh

The Queen of the Scottish Mountains - quite a moniker to live up to. But whichever angle you view her from, Ben Lui is a beauty.

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GraVity recently received 5m in investment to help support its UK expansion programme. Picture: Contributed

Trampoline park firm GraVity announces new Glasgow and Edinburgh sites

Trampoline park operator GraVity has bounced into Scotland, unveiling its first two sites north of the Border.

A German adventurer has become the first person to walk to and from the summit of the Old Man of Hoy on a high wire. Alexander Schulz completed the walk 137m above the sea on a line 180m long.  Picture: Dan Hunt

Adventurer in daring high wire walk to Orkney’s Old Man of Hoy

Dramatic pictures show a daredevil adventurer walking a tightrope from one of Britain’s tallest sea stacks -- at a height of 449 feet.

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Danny MacAskill performs a daredevil ride, blocking Tim Henmans efforts to play tennis at Wimbledon. Picture: HSBC Sport

Biker Danny MacAskill joins tennis stars for Wimbledon stunt

He has performed perilous stunts on mountain ridges, train tracks, and craggy coastlines, but for his latest showpiece, the Scottish trials rider, Danny MacAskill, has chosen an altogether more genteel location.

The Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides. Picture: JP

Quiz: How well do you know the Scottish islands?

Scotland’s islands are rich in culture and rugged beauty and are a major draw for tourists visiting the country and adventurous Scots.

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Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire. Picture: Karen Vernon/CC

Flamingo Land at Balloch a step closer with public consultation

Flamingo Land chiefs have unveiled plans for a public consultation as they seek to progress their proposals for a £30 million leisure resort at Balloch.

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Queen Street Gardens. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Euan McColm: open Edinburgh’s private gardens to the public

Capital has plenty of open space in the city centre, but all too often it’s only for those who can afford it, writes Euan McColm.

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Karina Bowlby of Stewarton polo club near south queensferry with Hope Thomson turquoise hoodie and Barbara Neil (black top ) of Linnfall equestrian and pony club centre.

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Catriona Thomson: Polo is not just for princes

MUM, can I learn to play polo?” was the question. “I have no idea,” was my honest reply.

New Lanark World Heritage. Picture: contributed

Five reasons to visit the Clyde Valley and where to stay

The borders, highlands and islands are all well-visited by central belt dwellers looking for a weekend escape however there’s a hidden gem that’s worth exploring and that’s the Clyde Valley.
Those making the short journey to this part of the world will find a wealth of history and no shortage of outdoor activities.

Strathnavar. Picture: Contributed

5 hidden tourist gems in Caithness and Sutherland

THE northernmost region of the mainland plays host to many famous tourist attractions, but there are some little-known areas visitors should go to.

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North Coast 500 route launches 'Bucket List'. Picture: Supplied

North Coast 500 launches “Bucket List” passport scheme

North Coast 500 – Scotland’s Route 66 - has launched a ‘passport’ for the iconic Highlands road trip, helping visitors record their bucket list experiences.

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