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Couple have white wedding at the top of Ben More on Mull

A bride who shunned a traditional wedding to marry her fiancé in a secret ceremony on a Scottish mountain had a white wedding after all.

Hugh Morrison examines an 18th century shield used by Highland clansmen.

Scottish art treasures to go on display in China

Dozens of historic Scottish paintings, photographs and historic treasures have been sent more than 5,000 miles away to go on display in the heart of one of China’s leading cultural attractions.

Staffin School. Picture: Contributed

Plans unveiled to repopulate Skye crofting village

A NEW affordable housing development has been announced for a remote Skye community – the first in 18 years – with an aim to repopulate Staffin village.

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CCTV of an osprey braving wintry conditions to incubate her three eggs while sitting in a "snow doughnut" in the Highlands. Picture: RSPB Scotland/PA Wire

Osprey mother braves winter ‘snow doughnut’ to protect eggs

An osprey is braving wintry conditions to incubate her three eggs while sitting in a “snow doughnut”.

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Martin Gillespie has been the lead piper with Skerryvore since helping to form the band in Tiree in 2005.

Scots piping star's secret five-year battle with medical condition

One of Scotland’s most successful pipers may be forced to give up playing the instrument - by a rare neurological condition.
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People walk through a snow shower along Grampian Road in Aviemore. Picture: PA

Scotland’s weather: Snow falls around country

Some of Scotland’s most famous landmarks have been hit by an Arctic blast that has brought heavy snow to parts of the country.

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One of the great views during Etape Loch Ness 2017. Picture: Contrinbuted

Cyclist injured after crash during Loch Ness cycle race

Thousands of cyclists took part in one of Scotland fastest growing sporting competitions, taking in the scenic 66-mile route around the iconic Loch Ness.

Three Limaria hians on the surface of a flame shell bed. Picture: Graham Saunders/Scottish Natural Heritage /PA Wire.

Rare reef at Loch Carron devastated by scallop dredging

A conservation charity has called for action to protect marine life after a rare flame shell reef was devastated by scallop dredging.

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Moray MP Angus Robertson with Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Getty Images

Election 2017: Could Moray be the SNP’s ‘Portillo moment’?

The Portillo moment. Every election journalists and activists leave a special place in their diary for potential re-runs of the night when then Defence Secretary Michael Portillo lost his formerly safe Tory seat in 1997.

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Shetland Tory candidate cries ‘cock up’ over selection

Shetland Tory candidate cries ‘cock up’ over selection

A Tory candidate in the local government elections has claimed that his name appeared on ballot papers as a result of a “cock-up” rather than a genuine wish to stand.

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The miniature of Bonnie Prince Charlie presented to Ensign William Home. PIC: National Trust for Scotland, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s gifts to a 14-year-old soldier

They are small, special tokens of appreciation from Bonnie Prince Charlie to a loyal servant who signed up to the Jacobite army when aged just 14.

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Kishorn dry dock was last used in 1994, but will be brought back to life for a floating windfarm project. Picture: Contributed

Kishorn dry dock reopens after 23 years for wind farm project

A dry dock last used in 1994 will reopen after an agreement was signed today to use the site for the construction of the world’s largest floating wind farm.

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Iain McClune of Whisky Auctioneer with a bottle of Karuizawa 1960 Single Cask. Picture: 
Fraser Band

Scotch whisky faces stiff competition from international brands

A reminder of the competition Scotch whisky faces from international distillers was given this week as global sales of Irish whiskey outstripped homegrown brands such as Chivas, The Glenlivet and Ballentine’s.

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Kishorn was historically used for oil and gas fabrication. Picture: Contributed

Wind farm project to create 200 jobs at Kishorn dry dock

A dry dock in Western Ross will be used for the first time in almost a quarter of a century to help build a massive floating wind farm.

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Snake Venom from Keith Brewery weighs in at 67.5% ABV. Picture: Contributed

Keith Brewery launches record-breaking Snake Venom beer

Craft brewer Keith Brewery has launched what is claimed to be the world’s strongest fortified beer – 67.5 per cent ABV Snake Venom – in the UK market.

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Simon Wetherell, Co-op Director of Facilities Management; Divisional Managing Director John McNeill; Chrisetta Mitchell, The Leanne Fund; Macaulay Road Store Manager, Steven Cooper and Cromwell Street Store Manager Steven Macphail. Picture: Contributed

Stornoway charity launches new service for CF youngsters

A STORNOWAY charity has launched a new project aimed at helping young people with Cystic Fibrosis moving to university or college.

The  North Coast 500 - hailed as 'maybe the world's best road trip'

North Coast 500 route ‘could be world’s best road trip’

The North Coast 500 driving route in the Highlands has been described as “possibly the world’s best road trip” by a prestigious travel magazine.

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The Ring of Brodgar site on Orkney glows in the dark to mark World Heritage Day. PIC: Dig It! 2017/Tom O'Brien.

Video: Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar glows in the dark

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney glowed in the dark this week with a procession of painted people descending on the 4,500-year-old site.

Bettyhill Museum. Picture: Contributed

Highland museums win Lottery cash to secure future

THE Highland Museums Forum has received £54,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to help secure the future of museums throughout the region.

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