Video: Six reasons Scotland is most beautiful during winter

From the technicolour blooms of the Autora to the ethereal golden haze gilding the landscape from dawn til dusk, Scotland looks incredible during winter.

The new track will be built in Knightswood in north-west Glasgow. Picture: Glasgow City Council

Glasgow to open Scotland’s first Olympic-standard BMX bike track

Work is underway to build the first Olympic-standard BMX bike track in Scotland, which will allow for elite-level competitions to be staged in the country on a regular basis.

Sarah Moore is holding down nine jobs on North Ronaldsay in the Orkneys

Woman who left Edinburgh for the Orkney islands is now holding down nine jobs

A woman who packed in her city retail job for a quiet life on a tiny island is having to hold down nine jobs - because there’s no-one else to do them.

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Andy Cole, who climbed the UK's highest mountain every day for a month to help combat his depression, says the outdoors has saved his life. Picture: Andy Cole/PA Wire

Hill walker says climbing Ben Nevis every day for a month “saved my life”

Anyone who has been plagued by depression will know it is a long, hard struggle that can at times seem insurmountable.

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Top five luxury Scottish Escapes for St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew’s Day, honouring Scotland’s national saint, takes place on 30th November so why not explore more of our great countryside and treat yourself (and some friends) to a decadent break?


Wanted: Island Ranger for remote Scottish isle of Handa

For those fed up with the daily grind of the nine to five, an exciting opportunity to work as a wildlife ranger on a remote Scottish island is available.

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Galloway Forest Park. Picture: Contributed.

The best places in Scotland for stargazing

Scotland is home to some of Europe’s largest patches of star-rich dark skies.

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Northern Lights expected to be visible across Scotland tonight

Skywatchers across Scotland could be set for another chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights tonight.

"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..." A Snowfactory in action

Roger Cox: Snowfactories could transform the fortunes of Scottish ski resorts

At the start of September I received an email from Andy Meldrum, head honcho at Glencoe Mountain ski resort, in which he said he was about to attempt something “very ambitious”. Meldrum’s achievements to date include saving Scotland’s oldest ski hill from closure with a dramatic 11th hour rescue package and pioneering freeride ski and snowboard contests in Scotland with the consistently spectacular Coe Cup, so when he says he has a new idea you’re as well to drop everything and pay attention.

Ben Nevis resort during the 2016/2017 season. PIC: Ski-Scotland.

Snow “factories” to cover Scotland’s ski slopes this winter

Snow “factories” will be set up at three of Scotland’s snowsports resorts this winter to guarantee a good coverage of the white stuff and a longer season on the slopes.

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Illuminight light show transforms Kilmarnock woods

If you go down to Dean Castle Country Park woods in Kilmarnock over the next few weeks you are sure to get a big surprise.

Joanna Vasconcelos previously created sculptures of blue champagne bottles for the Palace of Versailles in France.

Jupiter Artland to get swimming pool artwork

A fully-functional swimming pool will be created for a vast outdoor art gallery near Edinburgh Airport to mark its 10th anniversary.

The Tiree Wave Classic enjoyed its best conditions for years, courtesy of Hurricane Ophelia

Watersports round-up: Tiree Wave Classic, European Surfing Championships & more

Thanks to the tender ministrations of Hurricane Ophelia, this year’s Tiree Wave Classic was one of the most dramatic on record. “I would think it’s at least 60 knots,” shouted pro windsurfer Adam Lewis, doing his best to make himself heard over the combined roar of wind and waves at Crossapol on the second day of the event. “It is so windy... definitely the windiest I’ve ever sailed in the UK... amazing!”

Detail from the cover of Point Break, the Edinburgh Surf Club Magazine, Vol.1 Issue 3

Point Break, and the early days of Scottish surf journalism

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing three true pioneers of Scottish surfing: Andy Bennetts, Ian Wishart and Bill Batten. They had so many great stories to tell from the heady days of the late 60s and early 70s that it will probably take me until the New Year to transcribe them all, but I promise it will be worth the wait.

The Skye Bridge. Picture: Chris Furlong/Getty Images.

Skye could seek World Heritage status amid tourism boom

World Heritage status could be sought for the Isle of Skye as part of new plans to improve infrastructure and tourism.

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A picture from Marra. Picture: Elite Falconry

Incredible footage shows rare bird’s eye view of Orkney cliffs

Stunning video has shown the dramatic and ancient coastal cliffs of Orkney - from the back of a sea eagle.

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From Iona to the Mull of Kintyre, Argyll and Bute has many of the attributes which would make it an ideal national park, but lack of money and political indifference means it is unlikely ever to happen. Picture: REX/Shutterstock

Martyn McLaughlin: National park idea has fallen from favour

It’s 14 years since the second national park was created, and it’s likely to be the last, writes Martyn McLaughlin

An artist's impression of the refurbished hostel. Picture: SHYA

SYHA announce refurbishment of flagship Glen Nevis hostel

SHYA Hostelling Scotland organisation has announced a massive redevelopment of their hostel at Glen Nevis in the highlands as part of their long-term strategy.

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Tributes paid to runner who died during Edinburgh Parkrun

A MINUTE’S silence will be held in memory of a man who collapsed and died during the popular Edinburgh Parkrun in Cramond.

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Top romantic winter breaks in Scotland to book now

Getaway from it all and spend some quality time together in these lovely Scottish locations

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