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2014-04-08 16:22:15

NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scottish warriors from the year 1314 took New Yorkers by surprise today as they stormed Brooklyn Bridge. The group from Clanranald joins VisitScotland in the US for Scotland Week to promote the Bannockburn Live Festival, which is tipped to be the highlight of Scotland's summer. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140408/NY01071 Bannockburn Live will mark the 700(th) anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, which is one of the most...

2012-11-21 12:22:06

EDINBURGH, Scotland, November 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the run up to the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, world-acclaimed landscape photographer Colin Prior aimed to capture outdoor expert Rebecca Morris in one of her favourite locations in the Cairngorms showcasing the incredible scenery, colours and atmosphere that inspire her work every day. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121120/577683 ) Rebecca, who is a guide for Wilderness Scotland and an...

2012-07-02 10:21:57

DALLAS, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as communities here in the U.S. come together for picnics and parades to celebrate the July 4 holidays, Jura single malt whisky has launched an online photography contest to find images from across the world that best embody the theme of 'community spirit.' Entering the online contest, held in partnership with Olympus, is as simple as uploading a photo that represents the idea of community spirit into a e-postcard template on the Jura website,...

2012-01-24 06:11:00

GLASGOW, Scotland, January 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Web hosting and design company Easyspace transforms international scouting website Web hosting and design company Easyspace [http://www.easyspace.com/web-hosting ] has given the UK's ugliest website a makeover. The website, http://www.jamborette.org.uk, which promotes a popular international Scout camp - the Blair Atholl International Jamborette - was judged to be 'dull and old fashioned' in a competition run by...

2009-04-19 12:03:32

Some jobs created by city councils in Britain and Scotland are laughable despite being an apparent drain on local resources, a pressure group says. TaxPayers' Alliance Chief Executive Matthew Elliott faulted local governing bodies such as the Newcastle City Council in Britain and Scotland's Angus Council for their make-work efforts, The Sunday Telegraph reported. There has been a huge boom in the number of unnecessary and bizarre jobs in local government in recent years, Elliott said. Many of...

2009-01-18 00:43:20

The first survey of Loch Lomond in 147 years has found Scotland's most famous loch is 600 feet deep in places with sheer cliffs lining an underwater canyon. The British Geological Survey used the latest technology -- multi-beam sonar -- to map the floor of Loch Lomond, The Scotsman reported. The last time the bottom of the loch was surveyed, in 1861, Captain H.C. Otter of the Admiralty used fishing line with lead weights attached to take soundings from a rowboat. Loch Lomond is deeper than...

2008-10-13 09:00:31

By David Leask TAXPAYERS are being forced to pay out more than GBP 300 a seat for air routes with almost no passengers and "zilch" economic benefits, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. So few people have booked on Argyll Air Services that 27 flights were cancelled in July and August because there were no passengers. Yet the local authority behind the airport scheme still has to pay over GBP 30,000 a month to the airline running the services, whether the flights take off or not. The...

2008-10-11 09:00:14

MORE than 6,000 litres of alcohol were spilt over a road yesterday after a 38-tonne tanker overturned. The tanker, travelling from a distillery in Edinburgh, collided with a small van at 8:40am on the A71 near the North British Distillery in Addiewell, West Lothian. Fire and Rescue services had to cut the van driver out of his vehicle using hydraulic cutting equipment. The 52-year-old was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and last night was described as being in a critical condition....

2008-10-06 00:00:20

News in brief ENVIRONMENT The collapse of sea trout numbers in the British Isles has left scientists baffled as to the cause, with hauls in Scotland at a 50-year low. Last year, catches on the river Spey, the largest river on the Moray Firth system in north-east Scotland, fell by 52 per cent. This year numbers are expected to be even worse. On the river Dee take rates are 46 per cent down while the river Ness has seen catches slump 10-fold since the 1990s. In Wales, experts say the size of...

2008-10-03 18:00:24

CONCERNS have been raised over travel plans for removing coal from a proposed new mining site in West Lothian. Energy company The Banks Group submitted plans last December to extract coal and fireclay from a site near Breich. The company wants to mine 1.5 million tons of coal over a seven- year period from the 380-acre Rusha site, creating 57 jobs. But there are concerns about the route the lorries carrying the coal to Longannet Power Station will take. Banks has proposed the lorries...