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Clan Chiefs Have Another Go at Storming Edinburgh Castle
More than 30 clansmen and women marched to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for the first time since since the 1745 Jacobite rebellion when the Highlanders attempted a siege of the castle led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. See: Clan Chiefs Have Another Go at Storming Edinburgh Castle
Major Investment in New Aberdeen Hotel
A Canadian company controlled by the Gaglardi family in Vancouver is building a 218 room Sandman Signature Hotel in Aberdeen at a cost of £20million See Major Investment in New Aberdeen Hotel
Scots Marmalade Maker's Top Awards
Shona Leckie from Angus toasted the opposition in the recent World Marmalade Awards. Ms Leckie beat competition from a record 30 countries to lift the highest accolade at this year's competition which was held in Cumbria. See: Scots Marmalade Maker's Top Awards
Romancing in East Dunbartonshire
Boclair House Hotel - Glasgow and Clyde's Romantic Hotel of the Year and winner of the award for the Boutique Hotel of the Year. See: Romancing in East Dunbartonshire
Whisky A Gogo?
Tommy Danvers who has worked with Kylie Minogue, Kanye West and other pop stars has founded a new whisky company is promoting a brand of blended grain Scotch distilled in Edinburgh to be sold in 200 UK and 200 Spanish venues this year and in clubs in Croatia, France and Germany. See: Whisky A Gogo?
Ancient Greece Comes to Victorian Rothesay
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, 1817-1875, was a Scottish architect whose imposing churches and mansions are some of the most impressive Victorian era buildings you will see in Scotland. His Tor House in Rothesay is now on the market for offers over £335,000. It is a substantial villa with some stunning views and if it was located in Glasgow or Edinburgh would probably be worth over £1 million. See: Ancient Greece Comes to Victorian Rothesay
Scots Seaweed Butter Crosses the Pond
At a food and drink showcase in New York Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed that the Scottish food and drink sector has secured £8.3M of export sales to the U.S. And Canada following a deal signed recently See: Scots Seaweed Butter Crosses the Pond
Mull Mansion Moves to Monks - From a Bed and Breakfast
Oran Na Mara (Song of the Sea in English) which was on the market for £375,000, enjoys a stunning position overlooking Bunessan Bay on the isle of Mull, has been purchased by the Orthodox Monastery Of All Celtic Saints so that they can build a permanent monastery there. See: Mull Mansion Moves to Monks - From a Bed and Breakfast
What is Art? The Pineapple Prank Makes Its Point
A pair of students claim to have tricked experts into believing a pineapple was art after they left the fruit at a gallery in Scotland. See: What is Art? The Pineapple Prank Makes Its Point
'Lights, Camera, Action' for New Scottish Film Studio
The Scottish government has granted planning permission for Scotland's first purpose-built film and TV studio on a site near Edinburgh, rejecting concerns that the site is in the wrong location. See: 'Lights, Camera, Action' for New Scottish Film Studio
'Banking at your Convenience'
Residents in Juniper Green, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, are hoping to acquire the village toilets which were closed in 2015 so that they can be renovated and used as a community bank. See: 'Banking at your Convenience'
Scottish Tech Company Trilas Li-Fi
PureLiFi, an Edinburgh technology firm that uses light to provide wireless communications, is carrying out the world's first large-scale trial of its system in Singapore. See: Scottish Tech Company Trilas Li-Fi
Donald Trump Meets Robbie Burns Via Andy Stewart
North Berwick Drama Circle impersonates the 45th President of the United States down to a tee in a performance of Andy Stewart's "Donald where's yer troosers" at this year's Burns Supper" captured for YouTube. See: Donald Trump Meets Robbie Burns Via Andy Stewart
The Flying Scotsman Returns
The 94-year-old Flying Sotsman express locomotive steamed across the Forth Bridge on two trips from Edinburgh Nearly 800 passengers were carried on the runs round the Fife Circle, and later up the Forth via Alloa and Stirling. See: The Flying Scotsman Returns
University Plans to Move Into Old Edinburgh Royal
New plans to transform the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary into a major educational hub for students have been submitted by Edinburgh University. If approved, work could start in 2018 and be ready for occupation by 2021. The proposed facility would be the largest of its kind in the UK. See: University Plans to Move Into Old Edinburgh Royal
Happy End to Orkney Drama
Paul Higson had that horrible sinking feeling when he realised that he had lost his wedding ring. But there was a happy ending to this tale when the couple had been out walking their own dogs on the Sands of Wright. See Happy End to Orkney Drama
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