From lionesses to latrines: five treasures of Roman Scotland

By Elizabeth McQuillan 1 – The Cramond lioness This statue, dating from the Roman occupation of Cramond west of Edinburgh in the second and early third...

The shifting sands of Scotland’s Sahara

By Elizabeth McQuillan Along the Moray Firth coastline, east of Nairn and west of Forres, a hilly landscape of sand smothers an area seven miles...

Newts, pelicans and wigmakers: the joys of dentistry, medieval-style

By Elizabeth McQuillan Going to the dentist is never going to be an event to get enthusiastic about. On arrival, there is the hard sell...

WILDLIFE SAFARI ON THE FORTH

The Scottish Seabird Centre has a new, custom-built catamaran, Seafari Explorer, ready to take visitors out to see the wildlife on the islands of...

Homage to QWERTYopia as the last major typewriter factory closes

Journalists of a certain age sometimes look back fondly to the newsrooms of old, especially after a pint or three has coated the noisy,...

Scottish Ten digital archaeology project scans ancient Indian site

By Elizabeth McQuillan Scotland has sent a rescue team to India. Not to rescue survivors from another natural disaster, but to save a historic site...

£3m TO PROTECT THE WILDERNESS OF COIGACH AND ASSYNT

Coigach-Assynt Panorama Picture credit Alex Nail It's one of Scotland's least populated areas. The far North-West - the area from Ullapool to Lochinver and beyond...

Escaping the silly season: five ways to do it differently this Christmas

By Elizabeth McQuillan Christmas is the silly season for a great many people, where all normal rules of engagement with the family go awry. Pressures...

From Carbisdale Castle to the Huhne case – a short history of revenge

What, one wonders, is going on in inside the head of Vicky Pryce, Chris Huhne’s ex-wife? Is she enjoying this moment, or ruing the...

British Bulldogs, Dusty Bluebells: playgrounds in the days before apps

By Elizabeth McQuillan The primary school playground was, as I remember it, a place with a great many games going on. Now kids appear to...