Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Scottish fishing industry could be ‘Brexit bargaining chip’

Scotland’s fishing industry fears it could be used as a bargaining chip as ministers negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Farming
14-year-old Karen Duguid was killed in the incident. Picture; police handout

14-year-old girl killed after car submerged following crash

A 14-year-old has died in hospital following a road traffic accident near to the Mains of Arnage, Ellon, at around 6.20pm on Friday.

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The incident took place in the Grampian Road area of the town. Picture; Google maps

Two men charged following Aviemore ‘30-person’ nightclub brawl

Two men, aged 21 and 23, have been charged following a nightclub brawl involving 30 people in Aviemore.

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The incident happened at Dunnet Head near Thurso. Picture: Public Domain Pictures

Body of a woman recovered at Dunnet Head near Thurso

Emergency services have recovered the body of a woman close to the view point at Dunnet Head, Caithness.

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Three spectators were killed near Coldstream during the Jim Clark Rally in 2014. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Fatal accident inquiry into Scots rally deaths announced

A joint fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of four spectators at two Scottish motor rallies will be held, the Crown Office said today.

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Vintage VW Campers is holding an open day at its Falkirk base on Small Business Saturday. Picture: Lisa Evans

Event helping small firms prepares for acceleration

Small businesses across ­Scotland are gearing up for a boost in sales during an ­annual event this weekend encouraging support for such organisations.

Companies
Orion chairman Alan Savage visited the city of Tianjin and signed the pioneering deal. Picture: Contributed

Orion Group forms Chinese joint venture

Inverness-based Orion Group has signed a "pioneering" joint venture agreement with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

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The wreck of German battleship SMS Kronprinz Wilhelm was one of two protected monuments raided by divers off Orkney. PIC Wikicommons.

Divers fined after raiding battleship wrecks off Scapa Flow

Two divers who illegally took artefacts from sunken German warships at Scapa Flow have been fined £18,000 each.

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#GivingTuesday - A focus on Scots Cystic Fibrosis charity

THE Leanne Fund works with individuals and families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian to provide vital social, practical, emotional and financial assistance - supporting the whole family.

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The Minister's Tree at Doon Hill  near Aberfoyle where the spirit of Reverend Robert Kirk is said to live after being taken by the "men of peace" in 1688. The tree is decorated to this day by people hoping their wishes will come true. PIC www.geograph.co.uk

Scotland’s green “men of peace” - the myths and traditions

The men of peace, or Daoine Shi, have been described as “the most beautiful and perfect branch of Highland mythology”.

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The machair at Ardivachar in South Uist. Picture  Robert Perry

Scotland’s unique coastal meadows mapped for the first time

A map of Scotland’s varying habitats is being created for the first time, including the rich coastal meadows known as machair.

Environment

Seven Gaelic phrases and sayings for the absolute beginner

There is nothing like learning a new language to exercise your mind and impress your friends.

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Fabbien Cousine of France competes in the men's downhill qualifying round at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Fort William. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Fort William mountain bike race ‘best in world’

Scotland’s mountain bike racing community has received a major boost after a Highlands race consolidated its reputation as one of the best in the world.

Cycling
Tiree Surf Club members . Picture: submitted

Stay of execution for Tiree surfing hut

The fate of an island beach hut which has played a key role in the success of two of Scotland’s young surfing stars has been left hanging in the balance.

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Dougie MacLean has staged his own festival in his native Perthshire for the last 12 years.

New blow for Perthshire as Dougie MacLean cancels his own festival in 2017

Perthshire has lost a second major festival in the space of a week after singer-songwriter Dougie Maclean confirmed he was shelving his annual event.

Lifestyle
The band Sock is a Frying Pan perform at the 2016 Tiree music festival. Picture: Alan Peebles

Island music festival ‘worth £1m’ to Tiree economy

It is rare good news in what has been an otherwise grim year for Scottish music festivals.

Music
A body was discovered near St Fergus in Aberdeenshire. Picture: John Devlin

Body found in search for missing teenager Adam Mitchell

The family of a teenager missing from Inverness has been informed after a body was discovered on the Aberdeenshire coast.

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Sub-optimal care and avoidable factors were recorded in all five of the perinatal deaths analysed. Picture: Greg Macvean

Health board apologises over deaths of 5 babies in Caithness

A health board has apologised for “past failings” after an investigation following the deaths of five babies at one hospital found evidence of sub-optimal care.

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Crofter Lachie MacFadyen moves his sheep on the Isle of Tiree, which forms part of the Argyll and Bute constituency in Westminster. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Westminster boundary changes ‘will hit rural Scotland hardest’

Proposed boundary changes to Westminster constituencies will have a disproportionately negative impact on communities in the Highlands and islands, critics have warned.

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Gerhard Zucker aimed to create an inter-island postal service. Picture: Contributed

Play to tell story of Western Isles Rocket Post bid

The bizarre true-life story of a German scientist and his ill-fated attempts to launch a rocket-based postal service in the Western Isles in 1934 is to be brought to the stage by the National Theatre of Scotland.

Theatre
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