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Pentland tidal scheme powers ahead

Atlantis Resources, the tidal energy company behind the MeyGen project being constructed in the Pentland Firth, is confident the ambitious scheme will be generating power by the end of the year.

Forests have been long associated with dark happenings and supernatural events. PIC Contributed.

Six Scottish ‘haunted’ woodland spots with a dark past

The history of Scotland’s woods are soaked in mystery, bloodshed and strange goings on. Where better to have a genuine fright night on All Hallow’s Eve? Forestry Commission Scotland has published an essential guide to the dark happenings of our woodland, should you need any convincing.

Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye. Picture: Frank Winkler

18 stunning photos of Scotland

Scotland is a breathtaking country which is why tourists, film-makers, authors and locals are constantly inspired and amazed by its landscape and scenery. We’ve selected 18 photos that showcase Scotland’s beauty.

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Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.

Then and now: Five Scottish castles fading from the landscape

From their once mighty pasts, many of Scotland’s castles now lie damp, empty and ruined. For hundreds of years they symbolised wealth and power but fading fortunes, changed times - and sometimes bad marriages and even a lightning bolt - have left the residences mere crumbling relics of a lost age.

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Helen Fowler. Picture: Julie Bull

Helen Fowler: MS forgotten on frozen camp trip - temporarily

WE’RE sat around the stove, huddling as close to it as we can. I’ve temporarily forgotten about my Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the more pressing and immediate struggle to keep warm.

Staff nurse Hazel Forbes with Nikki Bremner, son Archie, daughter Olivia, and staff nurse Lisa Scally. Picture: Contribued

Mum climbs Kilimanjaro for Inverness special care baby unit

A YOUNG mother whose baby spent 17 days in a special care unit when delivered early because she had contracted meningitis while pregnant has climbed Kilimanjaro to raise thousands for charity.

A CalMac ferry arrives at the island of Muck. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots island with just 7 school pupils finds new teacher

A tiny Hebridean island with a population of around 30 has finally appointed a new teacher for its school of seven pupils

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Brian Warren plays his pipes at Erskine. Picture: Contributed

Loch Lomond Shores piper raises £2,000 for Erskine

VISITORS to Loch Lomond Shores who enjoyed the sounds of a lone bagpiper in the summer have helped raise almost £2,000 for Scottish veterans.

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Lucy Lintott, Scotland's youngest person living with MND, is in line for a key charity role. Picture: Contributed

Young MND sufferer Lucy aims to be UK face of global drive

A woman who is the youngest person in Scotland living with motor neurone disease (MND) has told how she is motivated by fundraising for research into the condition.

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Man rung bell of sadomasochist while he was allegedly strangling PC

A sex party-goer who rung the doorbell of a sadomasochist who was allegedly strangling Pc Gordon Semple has told jurors he thought someone was “throwing up on the carpet” inside.

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The picture of the spooky Brocken Spectre was captured on one of Arran's hills. Picture: Arran Mountain Rescue Team

Arran mountaineer captures stunning photo of a Brocken Spectre

A MEMBER of the Arran Mountain Rescue Team has captured a spectacular photograph of a Brocken Spectre while on patrol on Mullach Buidhe.

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The Ballachulish Ferry in 1965. A bridge took its place in 1975. Picture: Scotsman Publications

Place name of the week: Ballachullish - Baile a’ Chaolais

The original settlement in Lochaber known simply as Ballachulish or Baile a’ Chaolais (Balecheules in c. 1591) is what is now marked on maps as South Ballachulish.

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Dingwall Gaelic Choir enjoyed a clean sweep of trophies at the Mod. Conductor Kirsteen Menzies holds the Lovat & Tullibardine Shield, and Steven MacIver holds the Weekly Scotsman Quaich - plus mascot.

Mòd set for Inverness in 2020 as it draws to a close in Western Isles

As the Royal National Mòd reached its final day of competitions in Stornoway, it was announced that Inverness will host the event in 2020.

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Travel: How many Scottish islands can you visit in a day?

Sam Shedden whizzes through the Outer Hebrides as he endeavours to find out how many Scottish islands you can visit in one day.

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The red phone box at CairnGorm has been saved. PIC Contributed.

Highest phone box in UK saved following Highland protest

The highest phone box in the UK has been saved following a campaign to halt its removal by BT.

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Highland Rev Susan Brown teeing off. Picture: Contributed

Chaplain creates blessing for each hole at Royal Dornoch

GOLFERS at one of the world’s most prestigious courses are being given spiritual advice by a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen.

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Edinburgh's Waverley Station. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor / J P License

ScotRail admits service ‘not good enough’

ScotRail has admitted its performance “isn’t good enough” after the reliability of train services fell below target.

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Carol Maclean and Hector MacKechnie were the winners of the Gold Medal at the Mod's showpiece event for fluent Gaelic singers. Picture: John Maclean

Last year’s runner-up wins Mòd Gold Medal in showpiece event

The tension was running high at Lewis Sports Centre in Stornoway on Wednesday night as the judges of the prestigious Gold Medal competition at the Royal National Mòd collated their marks for the eight finalists, but there was joy for Carol Maclean and Hector MacKechnie when the marks were finally delivered.

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An image of a Caledonian Macbrayne Ferry is projected onto Dunvegan Castle. The castle is sitting on the side of a loch and the image of the castle and thr projection are reflected in the water of the loch. Overhead there are clouds moving across the sky

Calmac and Skipinnish team up to create stunning new west coast video

TEAMING up with iconic band Skipinnish, Calmac have launched an innovative new film exploring its enduring role at the heart of Scotland’s west coast, as part of the launch of their new Your West Coast campaign

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Scotland’s rarest fish thriving after introduction to remote loch

Scotland’s rarest fish has been brought back from the verge of extinction and the species is now “flourishing” following its introduction to a loch.

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