People & Places

People & Places

Fresh calls for bridge to connect Scotland and Ireland

A leading Scottish architect has proposed building a bridge between Scotland and Ireland to create a ‘Celtic Powerhouse’.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh - the Queen's official residence in Scotland. PIC: TSPL.

5 reasons to visit Holyrood Palace

It is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland and it has a fair few stories to tell. Here are five reasons why the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a must see in the capital.


Scots poet ‘amazed’ at reaction to Robert Burns ‘sex pest’ comment

Scots poet Liz Lochhead has said she is retiring from giving talks on Robert Burns after landing herself in trouble with fans of the Bard by calling him a “sex pest”.

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In pictures: 20 statues of Robert Burns around the world

THERE’S a lot of love out there for Robert Burns. Across the globe there are more than sixty statues dedicated to Scotia’s bard.


In pictures: Edinburgh’s lost railway stations

It’s hard to imagine now but Edinburgh was once bound together by more than fifty railway stations in a way that would no longer be possible.

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Where can you find unicorn emblems in Edinburgh?

There are several tributes to Scotland's national animal, the unicorn, around Edinburgh. How many have you spotted?


A journey through Robert Burns’s Edinburgh

Burns moved to Edinburgh in 1786 and, although he only lived there for just over a year, he left a memorable mark on the city

The Wilkhouse inn as depicted in John Kirk's 1772 map of the old Kintradwell Estate, Sutherland. PIC: Map courtesy of National Library of Scotland.

18th Century inn abandoned during Clearances is unearthed

The remains of an 18th Century inn that was abandoned during the Highland Clearances have been unearthed by archaeologists.


More mystery as search for clan chief finds body of headless woman, 25

It was designed to bring to an end a 270-year-old mystery surrounding the final resting place of notorious clan chief Simon “The Old Fox” Fraser who was executed for treason following the Battle of Culloden.

How would you spend your three days in Edinburgh? Picture: TSPL

3 days in Edinburgh? Here’s the best way to spend them

SPENDING just three days in a major European capital takes a lot of careful planning. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

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The time capsule gives a unique glimpse into the lives of those living around Loch  Torridon in the late 1880s. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr/Chris Combe.

Inside the 19th Century time capsule found in the Highlands

It holds some fine details of life for one Highland community during the late 19th Century - from the date of the first ripe strawberry of the season to a rent reprieve for crofters during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year.

A public consultation is seeking views on the future development of Water Row, a historically important street in Govan. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

A new future for Water Row - the old heart of Govan

It was once the most important street in Govan, the historic parish on the south bank of the Clyde with links to ancient royalty and viking raiders.

Kilted Yoga star Finlay Wilson raises a glass to the bard at the Giant Lanterns of China trail where Burns Night will be celebrated next week. PIC: Contributed.

Kilted yoga star raise a glass to Burns at Edinburgh Zoo

Kilted yogi Finlay Wilson raises a glass to the bard among the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo.

Tourists at Burns Cottage in Alloway. Picture: Rob McDougall

SNP MSP hails ‘economic impact’ of Robert Burns

An SNP MSP will today lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament celebrating “the economic impact” of Robert Burns on Scotland.

Leanach Cottage at Culloden Battlefield is to open to the public once again. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr/Malcolm Manners.

Iconic cottage at Culloden Battlefield to open to public

The famous thatched cottage at Culloden Battlefield which was likely used as a field hospital during the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army is to open again to the public.


The story of the mysterious sea serpent of Stronsay

TWO hundred and ten years ago, the scientific world was rocked by the news that a sea serpent had washed up off the coast of Orkney.


How many castles are there in Scotland?

It’s an easy enough question but not one that is easy to answer given the variety of historic properties - from fairytale turreted piles to commanding fortresses - scattered across the land.


From songs to stamps: Robert Burns references in popular culture

The enduring legacy of Robert Burns can be found in everything from contemporary art to postage stamps.

The Caledonian Hotel has been sold to an overseas investor in a multi-million pound deal

Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel set for expansion after £85m sale

One of Edinburgh’s most famous hotels is to undergo a major expansion after being snapped up by new overseas owners.

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The Caledonian Hotel can trace its origins back to the 1840s. Picture: TSPL

A pictorial history of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel

WITH the news that Edinburgh’s grand old lady, the Caledonian Hotel, has been sold to a UAE investor, we’ve burrowed deep into our image archives to take a closer look at the famous establishment’s long and illustrious history.

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