Useful Gaelic Word: slàinte

Slàinte – health Listen to the pronunciation guide It’s that time of year again. In addition to being what we say when raising a glass,...

Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography Competition

A striking image of Duffus Castle has been selected as the winner of the Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography competition. The stunning...

Useful Scots word: besom

By Betty Kirkpatrick Scots is not lacking in ways of indicating our disapproval or contempt for others. Many of the nouns that fall into this...

3D scans of Rosslyn Chapel leave (some) room for mysteries

Those who believe there is a secret vault under Rosslyn Chapel have had a dent put in their theory by detailed 3D images of...

WILDLIFE TRUST CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

The Scottish Wildlife Trust was founded in 1964 by Sir Charles Connell, an Edinburgh lawyer and keen ornithologist. He brought together a small team...

The Scottish influence on the US Declaration of Independence, from Arbroath to the Enlightenment

Speaking at the launch of Tartan Day in April 2008, George W Bush, then President of the United States, spoke of the great debt...

Useful Scots word: hen

By Betty Kirkpatrick The Scots are traditionally known for their dourness and certainly not for their demonstrativeness. Not surprisingly, then, the Scots language is sparse...

Seven druidic places in Scotland

Health and safety officials in Austria have recently trialled a new way of reducing accidents in a notorious crash site along a busy main...

The hidden Scots victims of the slave trade

By Elizabeth McQuillan We tend to be very proud of Scotland’s role in abolishing the slave trade, with parliament passing the Abolition of the Slave...
Elephant dung. Picture: Ian Barbour

Useful Scots word: Keech

I am not really a street party kind of person and most of the royal jubilee celebrations passed me by unnoticed. They had one...