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Virgin Trains Azuma crosses Border for first time

A brand new Virgin Azuma which will replace 40-year-old east coast main line trains made its debut visit to Scotland today.

The Shetland Monkeyflower. Picture: Supplied

New species of wild flower discovered on Shetland Islands

SCIENTISTS have found a special type of yellow monkeyflower growing in Shetland and say that its evolution has happened in the last two centuries.

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Kiogosi FC in the old Point strips. Picture: Supplied

African youngsters wear Lewis football shirts with pride

YOUNGSTERS in Tanzania are now playing football in strips from a Scottish youth team, Point FC in Lewis, following a donation from a community wind farm charity.

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Mousa Broch, in Shetland, is the best preserved of the 500 brochs found across the north of Scotland. Picture: Wikicommons

Caithness digs deep to discover secrets of its brochs

They are style of building unique to the north of Scotland and a rare insight into how society organised itself more than 2,000 years ago.

Highball bouncing bomb being raised from Loch Striven. Picture: Henry Paisey/Contributed

‘Bouncing bombs’ from Argyll loch being donated to museums

BOUNCING bombs used during training for the famous WWII Dambusters raids have been raised from a Scottish loch - and will now be donated to two museums in time of the 75th anniversary of the historic event.

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The Herring Road near Dunbar in the Lammermuir Hills. Picture: Markus Stitz

Platform: Scotland has the right ingredients for bikepacking

When I arrived in Edinburgh eight years ago, two things attracted me to the city - the mountain bike trails in Glentress, south of the city, and the vibrant arts and events scene in the city itself.
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Jane at Oykel Bridge. Picture: Supplied

Time-travelling hiker is walking 5,000 years of history

A DEDICATED hiker is travelling through time - creating the country’s longest ever historical trail.

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Katy will be running in memory of her mum. Picture: Supplied

Katy leading army of runners in memory of her mum

AN army of runners will be pounding the streets of Inverness next month in memory of a Highland mum who died from a brain tumour earlier this year

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Woodland Trust chief executive Beccy Speight, left, with Croft Woodland project officer Viv Halcrow and Donald Macdonald, who has planted trees on his croft in Back. Picture: Contributed

Trees ‘do grow’ on remote Isle of Lewis’ landscape

ISLANDERS have been highly praised for a woodland project which is seeing trees being grown on an isolated part of Lewis.

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World's fastest knitter Hazel Tindall. Picture: Dave Donaldson/Supplied

Loch Ness festival attracts world’s fastest knitter

THOUSANDS of crafters from across the globe are to gather for Loch Ness KnitFest

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Clava Cairns near Inverness. Picture: Creative Commons/ Elliot Simpson

Outlander fans swarm Clava Cairns - site that inspired the show

Tourists are flocking to the Clava Cairns, the ancient burial monument that inspired the time-travel TV hit Outlander.

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Grace, left, and Kara, were last known to be in the Alyth area. Picture: Police Scotland

Missing girls, 8 and 5, found safe and well in Northern Ireland

Two sisters reported missing have been found in Northern Ireland, police have said.

Lizzie Sutherland says all the ingredients are in place at Dunrobin Castle to create its distillery. Picture: Jenn MacKay

Doctor returns to Highland roots with Dunrobin distillery

The Seamstress’s Room at striking Dunrobin Castle, on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, is said to be haunted.

Tourists on the view point of the Kilt Rock Basaltic cliffs at Staffin on Skye. Picture: GUENTER FISCHER/BROKER/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Skye MP ‘very angry’ by claims that island is full up

Skye’s MP has urged Highland Council to help the island cope with the influx of summer 

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Salmon exports reach record high. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scottish salmon exports leap to record high of £345 million

Scottish salmon producers are enjoying record overseas sales, with new figures revealing exports of the fish reached £345 million in the second quarter of 2017 – an increase of more than 70 per cent on the same period last year.

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Boston is one US location where Tefl Org UK will offer teaching. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Transatlantic boost for Highlands teaching firm Tefl Org UK

An Inverness company that says it is the largest and most highly accredited Tefl (teaching English as a foreign language) course provider in the UK has revealed its growth into the US.

One of the most famous pictures of 'Nessie'. Picture: Contributed

New Zealand man embarks on quest to find Loch Ness Monster

A New Zealand professor has travelled to Scotland in a bid to locate the Loch Ness Monster.

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Torsten Kulke, 48, was reported missing on 31 July. Picture: Police Scotland

Body found in Western Isles search for missing German man

Police searching for a missing German man in the Western Isles have reported that a body has been found.

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Map showing the route the bottle took, from the Dominican Republic to the west coast of Barra. Picture: Google Maps

Message in a bottle found on Barra after 4,000-mile journey

A message in a bottle has washed up on a Scottish beach more than 4,000 miles away from its origin.

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