Duff House. Picture by Sobolevnrm

Dastardly deeds at Duff House

Duff House is anything but duff. A grand classical country pile that sits about an hour’s drive North of Aberdeen, the building itself is...

How syphilis came to Scotland – and where its victims were banished

By Elizabeth McQuillan It is said that the crew of sailors with Columbus in 1493 had it and the Spanish fleet under Alfonso II...

Sex, blackmail, arsenic and the pre-Raphaelites

A murder trial is always guaranteed to fill up the public galleries. If the murderer is a woman and you throw into the...

Forest Gumption: ancient woodland restoration on Ben Lawers

Take a train journey through the heart of Scotland and you will probably look out of the windows at a starkly beautiful landscape.  Hills...

Murder most Scottish

Behind the veneer of any - so-called - civilised nation, there are always dark skeletons hidden deep within cupboards…or sometimes not hidden at all,...

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...

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...

Five things to avoid in Edinburgh

By Stuart Crawford Pipers Anyone with a love of the bagpipes must shudder when in Edinburgh. I have heard the pipes played all over...

Phoney Prince Charlies who pulled the wool over country’s eyes

Tartan might seem as Scottish as bagpipes, but in common...