Ministers begin consideration of bids for Scotland's two new low-tax Green Freeports

Five ambitious schemes are in the running for a competition to become new low-tax green freeports which are due to be set up in Scotland.

Two projects north of the border will be chosen as part of a joint initiative between the UK and Scottish governments to establish special economic zones centred around air, rail and sea ports across the country, aimed at regenerating communities, boosting the economy and driving progress towards environmental targets.

Separate entries have been submitted for the Clyde in Glasgow, Aberdeen City & Peterhead, Inverness and Cromarty Firth, the Firth of Forth based in Leith, and Orkney.