Go Ape reaches new heights with Scottish operations

Forest adventure company Go Ape has seen more than 50,000 visitors swing through the trees in Scotland during the 2016 season.

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The two councillors were elected to seats in Stirling.

Tory councillors suspended over ‘offensive’ Twitter posts

Two newly elected Tory councillors in Stirling have been suspended over offensive posts made on Twitter.

The two baby birds have become inseparable. Picture: Scottish SPCA

Baby birds become best friends after Scottish SPCA rescue

The Scottish SPCA is caring for two baby birds who have become inseparable at the charity’s National Wildlife Centre.

Avant Homes revealed a 44% jump in sales during the year to 30 April. Picture: Contributed

Housebuilder Avant hails strong Central Belt market

A housebuilder focusing on the Central Belt has seen income jump by nearly half in its latest financial year.

Gartincaber Tower, before it was ruined in January 2012. Picture: contributed

Gartincaber Tower - the centre of Scotland?

In 1799, on a hill east of Doune, William Murdoch built Gartincaber Tower.

People & Places
Judy Murray has earned respect as a champion of grassroots sport, and getting children involved in physical activity.

Leader comment: Tennis centre offers opportunity

Passions have run high since Judy Murray first announced her proposal for a tennis centre near her Dunblane hometown, its location attracting over 1,000 local objections. A public inquiry has still to give a verdict seven months after hearing evidence.

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Omega is due to announce its annual results by the middle of July. Picture: Contributed

Life sciences firm Omega eyes jump in annual revenues

Medical testing kits maker Omega Diagnostics today said it was on track to deliver a 12 per cent rise in full-year revenues.

Tech 1
Edinburgh Castle was the most visited Historic Environment Scotland attraction.

Quiz: Can you name these 11 Scottish castles?

They are dotted around Scotland and offer a unique insight into our history and our heritage, but can you name these different Scottish castles?

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Simon Ladouce, researcher at Stirlings centre for mobile cognition, sets up an electrode cap on a dancer. Picture: Contributed

Dancers’ brainwaves to be studied by Stirling scientists

Dancers will have their brainwaves examined as they perform in an attempt to bring the science of artistic production to life.

Kenny Logan is on a mission to help children with dyslexia following his own experiences at school. Picture: Greg Macvean/TSPL

Kenny Logan takes bold STEP to help children with dyslexia

It should have been a trip to savour. But for a young Kenny Logan, a tour of Australia with the Scotland rugby team was filled with dread.

The refurbished 40-year-old trains are due to be introduced by ScotRail from summer 2018. Picture: Rail Engineer

Anger at bike space cut on ScotRail's new long-distance trains

ScotRail is planning to halve the number of cycle spaces for passengers using intermediate stations on a new fleet of long-distance trains.
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Scotgold boss Richard Gray is focused on securing finance to develop the firm's Cononish mine. Picture: John Devlin

Scottish gold to hit shelves ‘in months’ says miner

The company developing Scotland’s first commercial gold mine said its precious metal will be sold into the jewellery trade “within months”.

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The sign in Airthrey Castle which tells people to speak English at all times.

University caught up in row over ‘speak English’ sign

One of Scotland’s top universities has come under fire for an “insensitive” sign demanding that people speak English at all times.

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From left: Robin and Robert Keane, directors at Ardent Group, the developer behind Travelodge's Peterhead hotel. Picture: Contributed

Travelodge eyes 21 more hotel sites across Scotland

Budget hotel operator Travelodge has detailed the latest phase of its Scottish roll-out in a multi-million pound move that looks set to create hundreds of jobs.

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Sarah Heward says she wanted to offer a service to people 'who might be a bit muddy' or have dogs. Picture: Ron Allner

Monday interview: Real Food Café owner Sarah Heward

The Real Food Café in Tyndrum is preparing to celebrate its 12th anniversary next month, and owner Sarah Heward only took over the site after chancing upon an advert for the then-derelict premises while working in the City.

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Travelodge is creating jobs in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Travelodge to create 325 jobs with 15 hotel openings

Hotel chain Travelodge is to open 15 hotels this year, including in Inverness, Peterhead and Stirling, creating 325 jobs in the process.

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The production of whisky creates Baudoinia compniacensis fungus as a by-product. Picture: John Devlin

Couple take legal action against Diageo over ‘whisky fungus’

A couple have won a landmark judgment allowing them to proceed with legal action against one of Scotland’s largest whisky distillers over the blackening of their home caused by fungus created in the production of the spirit.

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Edinburgh Gin's liqueurs will be stocked in Tesco stores across the UK. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh Gin toasts Tesco supply deal for liqueurs

Edinburgh Gin has secured its first UK-wide supermarket listing for both its raspberry and rhubarb and ginger liqueurs.

Scotgold is developing Scotland's first commercial gold mine. Picture: John Devlin

Scotgold Resources reveals lower first-half losses

Precious metals miner Scotgold Resources has reported lower losses for the first six months of its financial year.

Stirling has big plans for its City Deal. Picture: Whyler Photos

Stirling puts social innovation at heart of City Deal

Establishing a digital district that would put Stirling and the surrounding area on the map is just one of the proposals at the heart of Stirling’s City Deal. In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed talks would begin on Stirling’s bid for a City Deal, which the council believes has the potential to create 3,000 high-level jobs and increase sustainable tourism by 25 per cent, turning Scotland’s seventh-largest city into an “economic and cultural powerhouse”.

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