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Speeding, congestion and protest: the dark side of Scotland’s North Coast 500 route

For locals, the phenomenal success of this driving route means blocked roads, a racetrack mentality and mess, rather than the promised benefits to businessAt Bettyhill General Merchants, a convenience store and post office in a remote village on Scotland’s far north coast, perched above the spectacular dunes of Torrisdale Bay, owner Susan Malone is anticipating the summer tourist season with ambivalence.“There’s a sense among locals that the situation is going to get worse this summer. We’ve alr...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Road Trips, Road Safety, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays


Lord of the Isles' medieval home in Islay recreated

During the Middle Ages, the Lords of the Isles ruled the Inner and Outer Hebrides and parts of Scotland and Ulster.
Tags: News, Scotland, Isles, Islay, Outer Hebrides


Author Ian Rankin gifts archive to National Library of Scotland

The Fife-born Rebus author's collection features 50 boxes of material spanning more than 45 years.
Tags: News, Scotland, Ian Rankin


European elections 2019: Voting under way across Scotland

Polling places across Scotland will be open until 22:00, with the country electing six MEPs.
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European elections 2019: Voting begins across Scotland

Polling places across Scotland will be open until 22:00, with the country electing six MEPs.
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European elections 2019: Voting to begin across Scotland

Polling places across Scotland will be open between 07:00 and 22:00, with the country electing six MEPs.
Tags: News, Scotland


Pressure grows on May to quit as her 'new' Brexit deal flounders

Senior cabinet members call on PM to pull planned vote on withdrawal agreement billAll today’s Brexit news - live updatesTheresa May’s position appears increasingly precarious as she faces calls from senior members of the cabinet to pull a planned vote on her “new” Brexit deal.Sajid Javid, David Mundell and Penny Mordaunt are among the cabinet ministers who are unhappy about May’s pledge to hold a vote on a referendum, during the passage of her Brexit bill. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Scotland, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Sajid Javid David Mundell


Pressure grows on May to quit as support for 'new' Brexit deal slips away

Senior cabinet members call on PM to pull planned vote on withdrawal agreement billAll today’s Brexit news - live updatesTheresa May’s position appears increasingly precarious as she faces calls from senior members of the cabinet to pull a planned vote on her “new” Brexit deal.Sajid Javid, David Mundell and Penny Mordaunt are among the cabinet ministers who are unhappy about May’s pledge to hold a vote on a referendum, during the passage of her Brexit bill. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Scotland, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Scottish politics, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Sajid Javid David Mundell


Anger as Church of Scotland decides not to divest from fossil fuels

Despite agreeing upon climate emergency, delegates vote to back oil and gas companiesMore than 70 Church of Scotland delegates – including the outgoing moderator the Very Rev Susan Brown – have formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels, with advocates describing Wednesday’s vote as “an embarrassing abdication of moral leadership”.Although the general assembly voted to “recognise and affirm the declarations of the Scottish government...
Tags: Energy, UK, Scotland, Environment, Religion, UK News, World news, Fossil Fuels, Christianity, Anglicanism, Fossil fuel divestment, Susan Brown


Church of Scotland minister sacked after women complain

Rev Dr Elijah Wade Smith, 32, is told to leave his post at Queens Park Church, Glasgow.
Tags: News, Scotland, Elijah Wade Smith


Kieran Tierney fit for Scottish Cup final but then to have hernia operation

Kieran Tierney is fit to play in the Scottish Cup final but confirms he will miss Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifying double header against Cyprus and Belgium.
Tags: News, Scotland, Cyprus, Kieran Tierney


Met to review Police Scotland probe into covert operation

The case centres on a covert operation by the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.
Tags: News, Scotland


Home Office grants father visa to see son collect doctorate

Sabir Zazai, Scottish Refugee Council boss, says U-turn shows Home Office ‘is a mess’The Home Office has overturned its decision to deny a visit visa for the father of the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council after the Guardian highlighted his plight, a public outcry and repeated questions in parliament.Sabir Zazai, the 2019 winner of the Lord Provost’s award for human rights, wanted his father to see him receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow for his services to...
Tags: Politics, UK, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Scottish Refugee Council, University of Glasgow, Sabir Zazai, Sabir Zazai Scottish Refugee Council


Voters' dilemmas ahead of EU elections

BBC Scotland's James Cook finds old political loyalties are weakening as voters cast around for something new.
Tags: News, Scotland, Eu, Bbc, James Cook


Scottish Gossip: Gordon Strachan, Dundee, Jim Goodwin, Scotland, Steve Clarke, Eamonn Brophy, Aberdeen, Celtic

Gordon Strachan could be set for a sensational return to Scottish football after Dundee approached the former Scotland manager about a director of football role.
Tags: News, Scotland, Gordon Strachan, Dundee


Scottish papers: Prime minister's latest Brexit plan

The front pages of Scotland's newspapers feature Theresa May's attempt to win support for her EU deal.
Tags: News, Scotland, Eu, Theresa May, Brexit


'I'll be asking for advice' - Kerr on fellow Scotland coach Clarke

Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr says she is looking forward to working with the new men's head coach and "phenomenal tactician" Steve Clarke to bring international success.
Tags: News, Scotland, Clarke, Steve Clarke, Kerr, Shelley Kerr


European elections 2019: Parties make final pitch in Scotland

What are the key messages from each of the parties standing in Scotland in Thursday's European election?
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Scotland boss Steve Clarke is 'highly rated and respected' - Pat Nevin

Steve Clarke will get the most out of Scotland's players, but will "not necessarily" turn around the national team's fortunes, warns former team-mate Pat Nevin.
Tags: News, Scotland, Pat Nevin, Steve Clarke


Sri Lanka too strong for Scotland in rain-affected ODI

Sri Lanka beat Scotland by 35 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after the visitors make 322-8 in Edinburgh.
Tags: News, Scotland, Sri Lanka, Duckworth Lewis Stern


Man Booker International prize: Jokha Alharthi wins for Celestial Bodies

First female Omani novelist to be translated into English shares £50,000 prize with translator Marilyn Booth – the first time an Arabic book has wonJokha Alharthi, the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English, has won the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.Alharthi, the £50,000 award’s first winner to write in Arabic, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth. Celestial Bodies is set in the Omani village of al-Awafi ...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Scotland, Fiction, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Awards and prizes, Oman, Fiction in translation, Edinburgh, Canada Continue, Asma, Khawla, Mayya


Scotland will miss child poverty targets without vast cash boost – report

Report highlights ‘massive gap between scale of ambition and scale of resources allocated’The Scottish government will miss its own child poverty targets unless it substantially increases investment, according to a report on last December’s budget published by the independent Poverty and Inequality Commission. The report highlights “a massive gap between the scale of Scotland’s ambition to tackle child poverty and the scale of resources allocated to delivering that commitment”, according to the ...
Tags: Politics, Children, Scotland, Society, UK News, Poverty, Social exclusion, Scottish politics, Scottish National party (SNP, Poverty and Inequality Commission, charity Child Poverty Action Group


Scotland drug death rate highest in Europe and still on rise

Drug-related deaths in Scotland have almost doubled in eight years, with 934 recorded in 2017 - up from 545 in 2009.
Tags: Europe, News, Scotland


Concern over hospitality received by ferry firm director

A BBC investigation reveals concerns over hospitality received by a director of the body in charge of Scotland's ferries.
Tags: News, Scotland, Bbc


Scots employment gender gap 'narrowing'

The gap between the number of men and women in work in Scotland has narrowed since 2008, new figures show.
Tags: News, Scotland


Steve Clarke: Scotland manager 'won't chase down retired players'

New Scotland manager Steve Clarke says he will not be "chasing down" players who have retired from international football.
Tags: News, Scotland, Steve Clarke


'I won't chase down retired players' - new Scotland boss Clarke

New Scotland manager Steve Clarke says he will not be "chasing down" players who have retired from international football.
Tags: News, Scotland, Clarke, Steve Clarke


Scotland manager Steve Clarke: 'If I was lazy, I'd still be at Chelsea'

New Scotland manager and former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke says if he "was a lazy person, I'd still be sitting at Chelsea in the assistant manager's seat".
Tags: News, Scotland, Chelsea, Steve Clarke, New Scotland


New home for dog after five years in Edinburgh animal shelter

Star, a seven-and-a-half-year-old Staffie, was dubbed the unluckiest dog in Scotland as staff searched for its new owner.
Tags: News, Scotland, Edinburgh, Staffie


'Unluckiest dog in Scotland' finds new home

Star, a seven-and-a-half-year-old Staffie, was dubbed the unluckiest dog in Scotland as staff searched for its new owner.
Tags: UK, News, Scotland, Staffie



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