Andy Murray accidentally ‘lifted’ phone of Scots pub owner

Andy Murray and mum Judy had to make a red-faced return to a Stirling bar yesterday after accidentally taking the owner’s iPhone.

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Julie Barr of AG Barr, the Cumbernauld-based producers of Irn-Bru. Picture: Ian Georgeson/TSPL

Scotland’s top-selling food and drink brands revealed

It’s known as Scotland’s other national drink. Now Irn-Bru has been crowned the best-selling Scottish food and drink brand for the second year in a row.

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Insulation maker Superglass is rolling out ambitious expansion plans. Picture: Contributed

Superglass owner targets US amid global growth plans

The new owner of Stirling-based insulation products manufacturer Superglass has unveiled ambitious plans for expansion at the site, where it aims to boost headcount, as it looks to use the acquisition as a “launchpad” for growth across the US.

Royal Salutes at Stirling Castle. Picture: Lisa Ferguson.

Stirling Castle named Scotland’s best visitor attraction

Stirling Castle has claimed the title of Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction at the inaugural 2016 Scottish and Outdoor Leisure Awards.

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Scotgold Resources chief executive Richard Gray.  Picture: John Devlin

No fooling as Scottish gold miner strikes sale deal

The firm behind Scotland’s first commercial gold mine has agreed to sell up to 120 tonnes of mineral containing the precious metal.

Stirling has a series of projects lined up already. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Autumn Statement: Stirling City Deal could create 3000 jobs

The creation of a City Deal for Stirling has the potential to create 3,000 jobs and increase tourism by 25 per cent, the local council believes.

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Lidl said it worked closely with Black Wolf to create its Belheather Whisky Beer. Picture: Contributed

Business briefs: Black Wolf | Aberdeen | Barratt

Lidl has struck a six-­figure deal with Stirling’s Black Wolf Brewery that will see a whisky beer added to the list of products sold under the chain’s Belheather range throughout its 92 Scottish stores.

The Stirling Highland Hotel is sited in a former school building. Picture: Contributed

Famous Stirling hotel sees change of owner

A landmark Stirling hotel has changed hands as part of a multiple acquisition by a Newcastle-based leisure operator.

Sally Fraser with much-loved six-year-old Border Terrier, Bobby

Owner set to sue Tesco over dog that died after eating treat

A woman whose pet dog died after eating a ham bone marketed as a pet treat by Tesco is considering taking legal action against the retailer.

Fergusson Coal has been acquired by CPL Industries after falling into administration. Picture: Alan Watson

Sale of coal supplier Fergusson rescues 60-plus jobs

Fergusson, the 90-year-old family coal merchants business based in Stirling, has been acquired by CPL Industries after problems with the group’s expansion into coal power generation plunged it into administration.

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Bull bars are being fitted to some buses to prevent overhanging trees and branches damaging vehicles and injuring passengers. Photograph: John Devlin

Overhanging trees put safety of bus passengers at risk

Fears for passenger safety have been raised after a large increase in the number of buses being damaged by overhanging trees.

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Sea King helicopter transformed into Scots holiday home

A former Royal Navy search-and-rescue helicopter has returned to service – this time in the form of an unusual holiday home.

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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.

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