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Actor Alan Cumming considering move from US to Isle of Barra

The award-winning Scottish actor Alan Cumming says he is considering moving from New York to the Outer Hebrides because he is so fearful of the political climate in the United States and misses his own country so much.

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The stunningly beautiful Castle Stalker. Picture: Wikimedia

Five stunning Scottish castles you can only reach by boat

WHETHER they be soaring towers, majestic keeps or derelict ruins, there is something magical about Scotland’s castles, especially those that seem almost impossible to reach.

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The intake weir at Scotland's latest hydro scheme. Picture: Contributed

New £12m hydro scheme opens in the Highlands

THE latest hydro development in the north of Scotland, producing 3MW of power, has officially launched.

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Ross O'Sullivan swam the length of the River Severn in 18 days in April. Picture: Contributed

Adventurer prepares to swim 65 miles across Scotland for charity

An outdoor swimmer who has previously conquered the River Severn is preparing for what could be his toughest challenge yet - swimming from Fort William to Inverness via a series of chilly lochs.

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A virtual classroom. Picture: Fleep Tuque

Ambitious virtual Gaelic school wins £700,000 boost

A SCHEME aimed to widen the availability of subject choices for teenagers in the Western Isles is to benefit from a massive funding boost.

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Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney.

Virtual Gaelic schools in Western Isles receive funding boost

A Gaelic virtual school allowing secondary pupils across the Western Isles to access more curriculum subjects through online classes will be developed thanks to £550,000 in Scottish Government funding and £150,000 from Bord na Gaidhlig.

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Lerwick town center. Picture: Getty

Scotland’s Islands Bill moving forward

Legislation to empower Scotland’s island communities is to be progressed, Islands Minister Humza Yousaf has announced.

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The island of Easdale is reached by a small ferry. Picture: Jane Barlow/TSPL

Campaign urges Apple Maps to recognise tiny Scottish island

A CAMPAIGN is urging an internet communications giant to recognise the island status of a tiny Scottish community.

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The Transocean Winner has been successfully refloated. Picture: Hilary Duncanson/PA Wire

Grounded oil rig in Western Isles refloated

The rig which ran aground on Lewis two weeks ago is on its 54-mile journey to the other side of the island - but at a slower rate than anticipated.

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Tobermory is the largest settlement on the isle of Mull. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Five quiet corners of Scotland ideal for a staycation

SCOTLAND is said to be a land of contrasts. From the Highlands of the north to the Lowlands of the south, with innumerable islands and inlets dotted along its coast, there is always somewhere new to explore.

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You can take in the ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the NC500. Picture: TSPL

Everything you need to know about Scotland’s North Coast 500 road trip

DESCRIBED as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 stretches along Scotland’s northern coastline, taking in some of the most breathtaking views the country has to offer. Here is everything you need to about embarking on a trip along this magnificent route.

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The Loch Ness monster.

On this day in 565: St Columba spotted the Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster has long fascinated Scots and tourists alike, with regular reported sightings of the aquatic beast.

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A CalMac ferry comes into port. Picture: Craig Borland

CalMac announces new routes to Scottish islands for winter

The Scottish islands ferry operator has announced it is launching new routes to its winter timetable.

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Ian Kennedy, 63, stands beside the motorised wheelchair he has been using since his accident. Picture: John Jeffay

Charles Kennedy’s brother defies ‘you’ll never walk again’ warning

Charles Kennedy’s older brother Ian has defied doctors and taken his first steps after suffering catastrophic spinal cord injuries.

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The Transocean Winner drilling rig which ran aground on the Isle of Lewis. Picture: PA

Fresh bid to refloat oil rig grounded on Isle of Lewis

Officials hope to attempt to refloat the oil rig grounded on the Western Isles within the next three days.

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A porcelain phrenology head used in psychology

Coimpiutairean a’ faighinn greim air a’ Ghàidhlig le teigneòlas ùr

Chaidh inneal coimpiutaireachd, goireas air-loidhne agus stòr-data de theagsaichean a chur air bhog o chionn ghoirid.

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Castle Grant. Picture: submitted

New Russian owner of Craig Whyte’s castle charged with fraud

A Russian tycoon who bought former Rangers owner Craig Whyte’s Highland castle has been charged with carrying out a multi-million pound fraud to fund his lavish lifestyle.

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Sea kayaking is the perfect way to explore Scotland's rugged and beautiful coasts. Picture: Kayak Scotland

Stunning pictures of Scotland taken by kayakers

A SERIES of breath-taking photographs taken by sea kayakers across the country, has revealed Scotland in all its coastal glory.

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A view of Brodick, Arran. Picture: Getty

Five reasons why you should visit Arran this summer

SCOTLAND is not short of beautiful islands; Orkney, Skye and Islay, to name but a few, however there’s one island that’s really worth visiting this summer, and that’s the Isle of Arran.

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Castle Leod is widely believed to be the inspiration for a famous Outlander castle. Picture: wikicommons/geographic.co.uk

Outlander ‘Castle Leoch’ granted funds for restoration

A HIGHLAND castle that inspired time-travelling TV blockbuster Outlander has been awarded funding for its restoration.

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