In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, bestselling author Peter Irvine contemplates the difficult choices he’s endured on the road to producing another Scotland The Best guide. Read more
Without John Logie Baird kickstarting the home TV revolution, we would never have borne witness to the JFK assassination in Dallas, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the World Trade Centre attack, America electing a black President or the Tiananmen Square protest.
Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”.
He’s not wrong. Read more
He is the country’s preeminent historian, whose presentation of Scottish history captured the public’s imagination through several bestselling books. Read more
Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more
Alexander McCall Smith was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1948 and first moved to Scotland to study at the University of Edinburgh. After spells living in Northern Ireland and Botswana, he settled in the capital in 1984. Read more
Credited with coining the term “LiFi” – the use of light to transmit data – Professor Harald Haas has received global recognition for his work on the technology.
Legendary naturalist John Muir’s incredible legacy is celebrated on this day every year to mark his status as a key figure in Scotland and abroad.
How is it a lowly Scottish immigrant from Dunfermline arose from poverty to become one of the richest men to have ever lived? Read more
John Muir helped federalise America’s national parks on a camping trip with President Roosevelt and yet he was relatively unknown in his native Scotland until the 1970’s.
Every year, the town of Moffat falls still as a fly past scores the sky in memory of the man who led victory at the Battle of Britain.
James Bruce, who stood at 6ft 4ins tall with a heavy thatch of dark red hair and a booming voice, belonged to a new breed of 18th Century Scots explorers and is credited with solving one of the most difficult riddles to face adventurers of the era – the source of the Blue Nile.
It’s funny how enjoying a single malt can lead you down a path that will inevitably change your life forever but for Tony Reeman-Clark, it was that dram that set him on the path to not only opening his own distillery but eventually to making his own whisky.
From women’s activist to journalist, Catherine Helen Spence wore many hats during her lifetime.
Born in the Borders in 1892, MacDiarmid’s legacy is still felt in Scotland’s literature and politics, though his personal views see him often viewed with unease and even disdain.
Best known for his novel Lanark, which lead him to be described as “the greatest Scottish writer since Sir Walter Scott” by Anthony Burgess, Alasdair Gray is one of Scotland’s most unique voices in art and literature, both of which have won him critical acclaim.
The iconic luxury of Buick motors have the distinction of being the oldest American brand of automobiles, but Scotland has the honour of being home to its founder. Read more
As part of our women who shaped Scotch whisky series, we spoke to Maureen Robinson, who is master blender for Diageo, and recently celebrated 40 years in the industry.
The sprinter, born in Edinburgh, became a household name in 1980 when he won gold in the 100 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Here are five facts you may, or may not, know about the legendary athlete.