St Kildan ‘postcards from the edge of the world’ reach Norway

The contents of a mailboat launched from St Kilda on 29 July 2011 have finally washed up on Norway. Knut Wågø was walking his...

The bacon roll chronicles: Herbie, 7 William Street, Edinburgh

Every bacon roll has a story to tell. Where was it bought? Why was the purchaser there? Did it taste good, or could it...

Naval campaigners will find out at last where the bodies are buried

It has taken 68 years, but at last relatives of those who died in one of the worst British naval disasters might soon be...

Of grave concern – 10 Scottish final resting places of note

By Elizabeth McQuillan Scotland has spawned plenty of notable characters over the centuries, and many have in due course enriched Scottish soil with their flesh,...

Too many fish in the harbour – and other ‘awful’ sights and smells

Bloody hell, it’s political correctness (or something like that) gone mad. David Copp, a tourist on holiday in the Devon seaside village of Ilfracombe,...

Sun, sand and shipwrecks – five great Scottish beaches

By Elizabeth McQuillan Scotland boasts over 50 beaches that have been awarded flags recognising their safety, water quality and beach cleanliness. Another seven beaches have...

The Loves, Lives & Phantoms of Scotland’s Abbeys

Image: Brian Bailey By Elizabeth McQuillan Sweetheart Abbey New Abbey, Dumfriesshire When, in 1228, Lord John Balliol died, his devoted wife could not...

Gretna, the Great War and the Devil’s porridge

By Elizabeth McQuillan Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thought it "perhaps the most remarkable place in the world" and came up with the moniker "the Devil’s...

Glasgow Barrowland – from a bright young lass to Bowie and beyond

By Elizabeth McQuillan Glasgow’s Barrowland, with its 1960s Las Vegas-inspired neon signage, is an iconic Glasgow landmark. Integral to the Scottish music scene, it has...

How the health service has its roots in the Highland potato famine

By Elizabeth McQuillan Scottish physicians, as early as the eighteenth century, recognised that poverty was inextricably linked with poor health. Whether in the overcrowded industrial...