Derelict Bannockburn House step closer to community ownership

A Derelict mansion where Bonnie Prince Charlie met his mistress is a step closer to community ownership thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Scottish Land Fund.

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Stirling Castle was the last stronghold of resistance against Edward I in 1304. PIC Ian Rutherford/TSPL

War Wolf - the world’s biggest catapult - built to take a Scottish castle

The medieval weapon of war became an obsession of Edward I as he struggled to claim Stirling Castle.

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Stirling used to have a thriving harbour.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Pontoon plan to revive Stirling’s harbour link to the Forth

A council has submitted a planning application for a floating pontoon on the River Forth at Stirling as part of plans to reconnect the ancient town with the Forth and once again take advantage of its waterfront location.

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Pulsant's cloud offering is based at its South Gyle data centre in Edinburgh. Picture: Contributed

Aberlour charity turns to Pulsant for data hosting

Aberlour Child Care Trust is a Stirling-based charity that focuses on supporting children, young people and families across the country, transforming their lives and helping them overcome challenges.

Close-up of HMS Unicorn figurehead. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Five Unicorn emblems to be found around Scotland

It’s been Scotland’s national animal since at least the 1300s, and, unsurprisingly, it can be found absolutely everywhere up and down the country - not a bad feat for a mythological beast.

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The new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre at Bannockburn. Monument to King Robert the Bruce as a rainbow appears.   Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 20th Feb 2014

Future of Bruce’s Bannockburn hill to be debated

A hearing into controversial plans to destroy a historic hill that helped Robert the Bruce to victory in the Battle of Bannockburn will be held next month.

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Demand for Aberdeen Angus bulls was led by commercial and pedigree buyers. Picture: Contributed

Aberdeen Angus bulls make strong start at Stirling

Aberdeen Angus bulls met a strong but selective trade on the opening day of the Stirling bull sales, where the top deal was a 11,000 guinea (gns) bid.

As well as windows, Guardian supplied furniture for hotels and commercial premises. Picture: Cate Gillon/Getty Images

Failure of windows supplier results in 44 job losses

A Stirling-based window and soft furnishings group has gone into liquidation with the loss of 44 jobs.

The chapel was discovered in the grounds of Old Churches House in Dunblane. Picture: Contributed

Restored ‘secret’ 13th century chapel opens to visitors

A ‘secret’ 13th century chapel in Dunblane that lay hidden beneath mud and undergrowth for many years has been painstakingly restored and has opened as a visitor attraction.

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Robertson recently landed a contract for Aberdeen's new conference centre. Picture: Contributed

Robertson rings up 50 years of trade with a bang

Stirling-based mini-conglomerate Robertson Group has completed its 50th year of trading with record turnover and a surge in profits.

The "black mouth" cave near Bridge of Allan which is now marked by a Treasure Island-inspired bench. PIC Kirsty Towner/Twitter

The Scottish cave that inspired Treasure Island

It was the “black mouthed cave” stumbled upon by a young Robert Louis Stevenson that would go on to inspire part of Treasure Island.

Professor Carron Shankland hopes to inspire more women to study computer science. Picture: Contributed

Scots computer scientist honoured as ‘inspiration to women’

A Scots computer scientist will be honoured at Bletchley Park as part of an initiative to celebrate women in maths and computing for their achievements and ability to inspire others.

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Liz ran the Daily Mile with children from P7 and the school nursery. Picture: Angus Forbes

Stirling school pupils enjoy inspirational visit from Liz McColgan

PUPILS at a Stirling primary school received an inspirational visit from Olympic star Liz McColgan ahead of the first Stirling Marathon.

Three of the four cubs born at Blair Drummond Safari park near Stirling . Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Lion cubs make public debut at Blair Drummond Safari Park

Four new lion cubs have made their public debut at a safari park.

Exercise programmes could help bowel cancer patients recover from surgery, scientists say.

Scots experts call for exercise sessions for cancer patients

Exercise sessions used to help people recovering from heart disease should be offered to cancer patients, Scottish scientists say.

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The calf with her mother Dot. Picture: PA

White rhino calf born at Blair Drummond Safari Park

The birth of a southern white rhino calf at a safari park marks another important step in work to save the species from extinction, according to keepers.

A 44-year was charged with death by dangerous driving. Picture; stock image, John Devlin

Man convicted of death by dangerous driving

A 44-year-old man has today been convicted of causing death by careless driving at Stirling High Court.

Scott Hamilton. Picture: Central Scotland News Agency

Bin lorry driver admits safety breach after fatally hitting OAP

A KILLER bin lorry driver is today facing jail, after admitting that his ignoring safety rules resulted in the death of an 80 year old stroke victim - who he rammed and knocked off his mobility scooter when he suddenly reversed.

The man is facing trial over the death of an 80-year-old. Picture; stock image

Bin lorry driver accused of reversing over stroke victim

A JURY heard that a bin lorry driver, accused of causing the death of a stroke victim by reversing into his electric mobility scooter, made the fatal manoeuvre to let another vehicle pass on a narrow country road, but did not use a “banksman” to check behind him before he did so.

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Smiggle aims to have 200 UK stores by 2019. Picture: Contributed

Stationery brand Smiggle pencils in Scots expansion

Smiggle, the Australian brand that designs colourful stationery for children, is planning to expand its presence in Scotland after reporting a jump in annual sales.

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