Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s First Crime Writing Festival

Scotland has provided a dramatic backdrop to many a murderous deed throughout history, a rich tapestry of intrigue, betrayal and death. Whether the...

Six great big scary Scottish beasties

Scots have long enjoyed the reputation for being handy in a scrap. But the country doesn’t rely on mere flesh and blood bruisers,...

Turnip lanterns and ugly witches: the changing face of Halloween

By Betty Kirkpatrick Once again Halloween is upon us, when witches and ghosts and cats and bats go from door to door, hoping for gifts...

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...

Close encounter in the woods as 1979 UFO mystery is investigated again

On a chilly day last month, UFOlogist Ron Halliday and spiritualist medium Gary Gray left their car by the M8 in Livingston, West Lothian,...

Horseshoes, herbs and urine: all useful for warding off fairies

By Betty Kirkpatrick Anyone who has recently read a story to a young female of the species cannot fail to be aware of the immense...

Scottish islands: Prisons, mermaids and mysterious deaths

Next week sees the end of a year-long celebration of Scotland’s watery history, as the Year of Scotland’s Islands comes to a close. Throughout...

Witch prickers and bootikins – hunting the ‘enemy within’

By Johnny Campbell Edinburgh Dungeons General Manager All through history there has been a terror of the enemy within. They look and act like normal...

Nessie is dead, long live Morag, Lizzie, etc, etc

In a recent interview, Nessie-expert Gary Campbell gave voice to the unthinkable - that the world-famous sea-beastie may well be dead. The shockwaves are still...

UFO Sightings and Chocolate in the Sky

Today is a UFOlogy red-letter day, as the Ministry of Defence (MOD) once again allows access to their spooky UFO files which you can...