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Oban teen internet piping sensation lands Oban Live slot

A 13-year-old who became an online hit after performing live on a transatlantic flight to New York is to be a special guest artist to open Oban Live, Argyll’s biggest music event.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
O'Caykx won the window display competition for the Tour Series in Aberdeen. Picture: Supplied

Aberdeen shops gear up for elite cycling event

A MAJOR cycling event kicking off in Aberdeen today has seen city centre shops playing their part to turn the streets into a cycling hub for the elite competition.

Aberdeen & North East
Brazilian pro surfer Filipe Toledo at the Cove prototype in San Sebastian, Spain

The hi-tech wave pool that could turn Edinburgh into Scotland’s Surf City

Most sports evolve at a reassuringly sedate pace – a rule tweak here, a tactical innovation there – but not the sport of surfing, which, thanks to some mind-boggling technological advances in recent years is increasingly starting to feel like something out of a science fiction movie. Even Scotland, it seems, is in line to get a piece of the sci-fi action. In 2014, a company called Tartan Leisure Ltd announced that they were planning to install an artificial surfing lake, Wavegarden Scotland, in a disused quarry at Ratho, just outside Edinburgh. Earlier this month they released a video of “the Cove” – the kind of system they hope to operate there – and it’s enough to make even the most hard-bitten, salt-encrusted “real-waves-break-in-the-sea” cynics (yes, even this one) fall in love with the concept.

Outdoors
The Enchanted Forest. Picture: Angus Forbes/Contributed

Perthshire’s famous Enchanted Forest set to make a return

Scotland’s premier sound and light event is set amidst the Autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood.

Dundee & Tayside
Conic Hill, Loch Lomond. Picture: Contributed

Eight hill walks with spectacular views of Loch Lomond

YOU don’t have to be an experienced hill walker to enjoy Scotland’s most spectacular views.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 2
A circular carpet of dancing flames will create a "fire garden" for the new Christmas at the Botanics event.

Concert promoters reveal plans for Botanics event in Edinburgh

Organisers of spectacular Christmas lights events in London, Oxfordshire and Berlin have revealed plans for their first major outdoor event in Edinburgh.
Heritage 2

Youngest female to reach Everest summit: Buddha gave me strength

A woman who became the youngest female to reach the summit of Mount Everest from both sides has said a necklace blessed by Buddhists gave her strength to reach the top.

News
Mullach nan Coirean, in the Scottish Highlands. Picture: Andrew Smith / geographic.co.uk/ wiki commons.

Scotland could be getting a new Munro

SCOTLAND could be getting a new Munro after modern technology found that a mountain near to Ben Nevis was 6.6 metres higher than originally thought.

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Gardening Scotland 2017 to open next month.

Real buzz promised for families at Gardening Scotland 2017

SCOTLAND’S garden and outdoor living show takes place from 2-4 June at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Picture: The Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay is on the route, TSPL

Everything you need to know about the Rob Roy Way

Follow in the footsteps of famous folk hero and outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, on this seven day walk across the Southern Highlands.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 5
Urquhart Castle, on the banks of Loch Ness. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Inverness and Loch Ness is ‘King of the Castle’

INVERNESS and Loch Ness has been officially recognised for its warm welcome to visitors.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 3
The Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, where there are tourism infrastructure problems. Picture: Jon Savage

Solutions sought for Skye’s tourism infrastructure problems

A SERIES of meetings are to take place to identify and find solutions to the pressures on the Isle of Skye caused by increases in tourism on the island.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Mark Boyd surfing Thurso East PIC: Niall Manson

Scottish surfers prepare to take on world’s best in Biarritz

This weekend the ISA World Surfing Games – the nearest thing the sport of kings has to a World Cup – will descend on the chi-chi resort town of Biarritz, on France’s Basque coast. The place is already an odd mixture of faded glamour and contemporary beach culture, where packs of local surfers pad bare-footed past grand, Belle Époque and Art Deco hotels on their way to and from the waves. But from 20-28 May the town’s already considerable surfing population will be swollen out of all proportion as teams of waveriders from around the globe arrive to do battle on its beaches.

Outdoors
Julia Barton collecting samples. Picture: Contributed

Artist exposes plastic pollution on Scottish beaches

ARTIST Julia Barton has travelled around 60 Scottish beaches collecting plastic litter to make a compelling exhibition highlighting the impact of plastic pollution.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. Picture: Russell Sherwood/Contributed

Skye’s Fairy Pools seeks £500k to improve visitor attraction

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to upgrade visitor facilities at the famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The swarm of midges captured by Gus Routledge, of Scottish Natural Heritage.

Huge swarm of midges captured on film at Loch Leven

A CONSERVATIONIST has caught on camera an ‘amazing’ natural spectacle of non-biting midges swarming around Loch Leven.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 5
New clothing range launched by NC500. Picture: Contributed

North Coast 500 launches clothing collection

THE North Coast 500 – “Scotland’s Route 66” – has unveiled a new premium clothing line, specially designed for those tackling the 516-mile road trip around the Highlands.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Ledgowan Estate. Picture: Wikimedia

Ledgowan deer shooting estate on the market for £4.5m

ONE of Scotland’s finest deer stalking estates is up for sale, with a £4.5m-plus price tag.

People & Places 3
Schiehallion, Perthshire. Picture: TSPL

Walkers warned after electric shocks on Perthshire mountain

Scottish walkers have been warned to take care after a young climber experienced an electric shock so strong it blackened his skin.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands 2
Gallan Head was location of a Cold War listening station. Picture: Richard Davies/MAP

Observatory plans for Lewis Cold War listening station

IT used to be a major player in the Cold War, acting as an early warning system against Soviet submarines and ­aircraft.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
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