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Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Scotland’s weather: fresh warning of heavy snow

Motorists and pedestrians across Scotland have been warned to expect heavy and disruptive snowfall on Friday.

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Thomas Ranger was discharged after an operation on his foot at Balfour Hospital, Kirkwall. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Claims hospital sent man, 80, home in pyjamas on boat ride

A hospital is investigating complaints that it sent an 80-year-old patient home in his pyjamas on a two-hour boat journey.

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Loch Fyne.

Search launched for missing fishermen after boat capsizes

A large-scale search and rescue mission is under way for two fishermen after their boat capsized.

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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.

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Karen Gillan will be patron of an expanded programme for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year.

Karen Gillan to be Edinburgh film festival's figurehead for young people

Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has agreed to be the figurehead of a dedicated string of events for young people at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.
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.

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.


Scotland’s weather: snow causes crashes and school closures

Wintry weather has caused several road collisions in the Highlands and Strathclyde as motorists face treacherous driving conditions, while dozens of schools have been closed.

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A double room suite - the first on a British train - with ensuite and shower.

New Caledonian Sleeper trains delayed until October

A new £100 million fleet of Caledonian Sleeper carriages with en suite showers and double beds will be introduced six months late, operator Serco announced today.
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More than 200 grit lorries work across Scotland. Picture: Michael Gillen

Sir Salter Scott: Names of Scottish road gritters prove a hit

Generally yellow in colour and carrying a heavy load of salt, the average road gritter is not designed to win public affection.

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A trial will get underway on 9 February. Picture: TSPL

Gilbey gin empire heir accused of assaulting mother

The heir to the world-famous Gilbey gin empire has appeared in court accused of assaulting his elderly mother when visiting her countryside home.

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The Ben Bhraggie Hotel at Golspie in Sutherland is for sale. PIC: CCL Property Elgin.

Highland pub for sale on North Coast 500 route

A country inn that sits on the North Coast 500 scenic route has gone up for sale.

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The new installation will operate in the Penguins field, 150 miles north-east of the Shetland islands.  Picture: Andy Buchanan

Shell to build first new North Sea installation in 30 years

Energy giant Shell is to develop its first new manned installation in the northern part of the North Sea for almost 30 years.

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UK’s most northerly light show Colours of Cluny axed

The plug has been pulled on one of the biggest tourist events in the north of Scotland – despite costing £200,000 to get off the ground.

The site at Strathglass was first used around 2,400 years ago. PIC: AOC Archaeology.

Was this the site of an ancient Highland tribal gathering?

Archaeologists may have uncovered the site of an ancient tribal gathering in the Highlands.

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Third year maths university student to help out while school attempts to fill two vacancies.

Canadian teacher at Scottish school has visa fast-tracked

A Canadian teacher forced to leave the UK and her teaching job in Scotland due to visa issues will be back in the school next month.

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Designer labels have embraced natural tweed for their ultra-high fashion outfits. Picture: Getty

Brian Wilson: In war of wool vs synthetic, Harris Tweed is a winner

Natural and sustainable Harris Tweed could have a bright future as the public wakes up to the environmental damage caused by synthetic clothes, writes Brian Wilson.

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St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney

Man jailed for setting off fireworks outside busy Orkney cathedral

A man has been jailed for six months after “recklessly” setting off fireworks outside a cathedral in Orkney as pedestrians and cars went along the road.

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The Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Moray, which produces the biggest selling single malt in the world. Picture: SWNS

Scotch whisky distillers follow Silicon Valley’s lead with Hackadram

The art of making whisky is famously steeped in ­tradition, but one of ­Scotland’s leading distillers is now taking inspiration from the disruptive world of digital technology as it looks for new ways of promoting its products and engaging customers in the 21st century.

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Alan Pirie from James Pirie & Son butchers in Angus is congratulated by host Carol Smillie after winning the World Champion Scotch Pie award. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Angus butcher’s pastry named world Scotch pie champion

An Angus butcher’s shop has been named this year’s world Scotch pie champion.

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