LETTER FROM SCOTLAND

The Tale of the Lonesome PinesGosh, we are becoming an imperious nation. The mighty Scots Pine has just been declared our national tree. The...

Interesting Scottish places: the Well of the Seven Heads

The West Coast of Scotland has many weird and wonderfully-named hills, glens and villages. How the tourists must titter as they pass through...

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...

What's in a name?

by Stewart Crawford We have just moved, as a family, to the douce seaside village of Gullane in East Lothian, trading the remote wilds of...

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...

80% BACK WILD LAND MAP

Scotland's wild places need to be protected The John Muir Trust has welcomed the result of a Scottish Natural Heritage public consultation on its core...

SHOULD THE GOLDEN EAGLE BE SCOTLAND’S ‘NATIONAL BIRD’?

Scotland's favourite bird The Scottish Parliament has heard an appeal to make the Golden Eagle the national bird of Scotland. It came from the RSPB’s...

Five unique Scottish wedding venues

By Elizabeth McQuillan The enjoyment quotient when attending a wedding can be a hit or miss affair depending on the preferences of those organising the...

Interesting Scottish places: Fettes College

By Elizabeth McQuillan I cannot walk past Fettes College in Edinburgh and not marvel at how much fun it would be to be a student...

Five memorable film renditions of Auld Lang Syne

In response to Diane’s somewhat painful list, I thought I’d find some (mostly)nicer versions, this time from the world of cinema. Auld Lang Syne...