Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Inverness, Highlands & Islands

Coastguard ‘fairly confident’ Moray Firth mayday call was a hoax

A mayday call that sparked a major air and sea search was a hoax, the coastguard believes.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The popularity of Highland routes with cyclists has been boosted by tourism accolades, TV documentaries and links to the Harry Potter films.

Cycle coaches to be hitched to trains to ease bike crush

Britain’s first rail carriages reserved for bikes and outdoor equipment are to run on one of Scotland’s busiest tourist lines from next summer, The Scotsman has learned.

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The estate is on the market for 2.78m.

Argyll estate which inspired the Dam Busters raid put up for sale

It was the site of a secret testing ground for the Second World War operation that inspired the film The Dam Busters and boasts its own “private pub”.

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Tim Cornelius

Pentland Firth tidal energy pioneer hails 2017 as pivotal year

The sustainable energy pioneer behind MeyGen in the Pentland Firth has hailed 2017 as the “most important” year in its history after major progress by the flagship tidal power project and inking a key deal in December.

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Historic 7ft claymore stolen from isle of Canna museum

The theft of a centuries old claymore sword from a museum on a Scottish island has sparked a nationwide police appeal.

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Wrong wind turbines create traffic chaos in the north

Major tailbacks were experienced by motorists in the north of Scotland after giant wind turbine parts had to be sent back - because they were the wrong size.

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Mull is running out of cemetary space. Picture: Geograph

Grave problem for islanders as Mull runs out of cemetery space

Islanders are being told they will have to die before the local council will sell a plot in which they can be buried.

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The coastguard received a mayday call alerting them to the incident. Picture: John Devlin

Major search launched after mayday call from boat in Moray Firth

A large-scale search is under way in the Moray Firth after three people reported that they were having to abandon their boat.

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(L-R) Alison and Paul Wilson with paramedics Craig MacDonal and Wendy Jubb. Picture: SCAA

Couple rescued by Scotland’s air ambulance in separate accidents

A couple were both rescued by Scotland’s air ambulance in separate accidents - just three weeks apart.

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The Carn Glas cairn can be found in the hills surrounding Achvraig, south of Inverness. PIC: www.geograph.co.uk.

Police investigate damage to ancient Highland burial cairn

Police are investigating deliberate damage to an ancient burial cairn in the Highlands which is more than 5,000 years old.

Lifestyle 2

Most remote hostel in UK opens at Cape Wrath lighthouse

Perched atop a 300 foot cliff and a bombing range, the remotest hostel on mainland UK has opened its doors.

Travel
Police are appealing for information on the attack

Man, 69, victim of ‘brutal attack’ in Highland village

A pensioner has suffered serious injuries in a “brutal attack” in a small Highland village

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Marrel Garbh Allt, the area now under community ownership. PIC: Contributed.

Community buys land from Highland Clearances estate

A community in the far north east of Scotland has “followed in the footsteps” of their land reforming ancestors with a buyout of land from the Sutherland Estates.

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Niall Iain Macdonald. Picture: Contributed

Isle of Lewis rower’s attempt to cross Atlantic ended by storm

A Scottish rower attempting to cross the Atlantic has been rescued from his boat, after his cabin was swamped and his systems started to fail during heavy seas.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
A thief has stolen eggs from a golden eagle nest in the Highlands. Picture: PA

Eggs stolen from golden eagle nest in the Highlands

A thief has stolen eggs from a golden eagle nest in the Highlands.

News
A Flybe pilot suffered a seizure mid-flight.

Flybe co-pilot suffers seizure during Inverness flight

A Flybe co-pilot had to be restrained by a member of cabin crew after suffering a violent seizure in the cockpit while flying from Scotland, an investigation has revealed.

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Wanted: Teacher for remote Scottish island

A tiny school on a remote Scottish island has taken to social media in the hope of finding a new teacher for its ten pupils.

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A group of international scientists are trying to prove that the Loch Ness Monster exists

The first recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster took place more than 1,000 years ago - is it time to set the record straight?
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The finds were made during the first ever excavation of the site. PIC: ORCA.

Remains of possible Iron Age settlement found in Caithness

Remains of a previously unknown prehistoric settlement may have been found by archaeologists working in the far north of Scotland.

Lifestyle
Tour guide Jamie Shannon died after falling at cliffs at Yesnaby, Orkney, as he tried to photograph a puffin. PIC: Cascade News.

Tour guide fell to his death ‘photographing a puffin’

A “happy and popular” tour guide fell 50 metres to his death while trying to photograph a puffin on Orkney.

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