Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Inverness, Highlands & Islands

17 stunning pictures that will make you want to never leave Scotland

We asked our readers to share photos showcasing Scotland at its very best - and we weren’t disappointed.

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Police are keen to speak to the driver.

Police seek driver who may have witnessed fatal Shetland crash

Police investigating the death of a pedestrian hit by a car are keen to trace a driver who may have seen the collision.

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Islanders’ bid to buy home of World Stone Skimming Championship

A group of islanders who host the World Stone Skimming Championships are embarking on one of the most unusual community buyout bids in Scottish Land Fund history.

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A mother complained to a council watchdog after her child needed hospital treatment for sunburn after returning from a school trip abroad. Picture Picturebay/freeimage

Scots council forced to apologise after pupil sunburnt on school trip

A mother complained to a council watchdog after her child needed hospital treatment for sunburn after returning from a school trip abroad.

Nick Watson damaged his car on a pothole on the A82 near Bridge of Orchy. Picture: Centre Press

Motorist damages car in Highlands in ‘bath’ sized pothole

A motorist was pictured sitting in a pothole which is “big enough to have a bath in” after he smashed his car into it.

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In pictures: the best food and drink hot spots on the North Coast 500

Fast becoming one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and described as ‘Scotland’s answer to Route 66’, the North Coast 500 stretches along Scotland’s northern coastline, taking in some of the most breathtaking views Scotland has to offer.

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Village Bay,  St Kilda, the main settlement on Hirta. PIC: Ian Rutherford/TSPL.

What it’s like living on St Kilda

Craig Stanford, 26, is an archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland on St Kilda, the archipelago that sits around 40 miles from its nearest neighbours in the Outer Hebrides.

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A stag on the Invermark Estate in Angus.' The red deer population is thought to have at least doubled in the last 50 years. Picture: Stephen Mansfield/TSPL

How can Scotland’s growing red deer population be managed?

The UK’s red deer population has doubled in the last 50 years with at least half of the estimated 1.5m animals in Scotland, prompting a growing debate on how best to manage them.

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Travel review slams Ben Nevis for being ‘too high and steep’

A one star TripAdvisor review that pans Britain’s highest peak for being too high and steep has gone viral.

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Mars Curiosity rover and St Kilda - worlds apart. Pictures: Wikimedia Commons

Nasa’s Mars Curiosity rover explores St Kilda

NASA’S rover Curiosity has been examining an area on Mars named after the Outer Hebridean archipelago St Kilda.

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More than 21,000 salmon are thought to have escaped from a pen in Loch Snizort. Picture: Stephen Mansfield

21,000 salmon escape from Skye fish farm

More than 21,000 salmon have escaped from a fish farm near the Isle of Skye, owners have reported.

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Inverness Sheriff Court. Picture: Neil Hanna

Man kept owl heads in jam jars to sell as artefacts for witches

Body parts of endangered birds were found after a police raid on a man who sold artefacts and trinkets for white witches and shamans.

Liam Colgan. Picture: Contributed

Family confirm first sighting of missing Liam Colgan

The family of a man who went missing after a stag weekend in Hamburg more than a week ago have revealed details of his first confirmed sighting.

A man suffered serious injuries at the summit of Aonach Beag. Picture: Jim Barton/Geograph

Skier rescued after 200m fall from Scottish mountain

Rescue teams took part in a near 12-hour operation to save a skier who had fallen 200 metres off a mountain.

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Video: Man arrested after digger crashes into Buckie building

A man has been arrested after a digger crashed into a building in a Moray town.

Castle Moil on Skye was hit by lightning. PIC: Creative Commons.

Lightning strikes 15th Century castle on Isle of Skye

A bolt of lightning has destroyed part of 15th Century Castle Moil on the Isle of Skye.

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Charles Edward Stuart and Jacobite supporter Lady Anne Mackintosh, who ordered the Rout of Moy. PICS: Creative Commons.

The failed plot to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie

With the Hanoverians trying to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie as he re-entered the Highlands, a bold blacksmith was sent to intercept the government men as they edged towards a Jacobite hideout near Inverness.

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The curlew is one of the upland species which has seen a decline in numbers. Picture: Horst Jegen/REX/Shutterstock

Half Scotland’s upland birds suffer ‘significant long-term decline’

More than half of Scotland’s upland birds, including the curlew and lapwing, have suffered a “significant long-term decline”, according to official statistics published yesterday.

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A golden eagle. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Anger after suspected killing of golden eagle near Edinburgh

A young golden eagle tagged in Scotland last summer is thought to have been killed just seven miles from the Scottish Parliament, and its body dumped in the North Sea.

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10 secret beaches to visit on the NC500

Scotland’s north coast is interspersed with secret paradise beaches - the majority of which can be easily reached from Scotland’s North Coast 500 (NC500).

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