10 things you shouldn’t miss at Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2017

Dozens of Edinburgh venues are opening up this weekend for the annual Doors Open Day events.

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The Highland castle of three murders that disappeared

The history of Helmsdale Castle is so grim it is said to have inspired William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

A "leerie" at work in Park Circus, Glasgow, in 1955. � CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

When Glasgow’s gas lamps went out for the last time

The lamplighters - or leeries - were a familiar sight on the streets of Glasgow as they dashed from lamp to lamp before dusk with their long ladders and lighting poles.

A rock walking tour is coming to the Capital

Walking tour to celebrate Edinburgh’s rock music past

Beatlemania engulfs Edinburgh

Leith Theatre could be one of the spaces used.

Empty buildings to serve as venues under key festival deal

New cultural venues and event spaces are expected to created under a landmark deal agreed between Edinburgh Festival organisers and the city council to try to ensure the capital remains a world-leading destination for events.

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House “older than Stonehenge” found in East Ayrshire field

The remains of a pre-historic dwelling older than Stonehenge or the Callanish Stones have been found in a field in East Ayrshire.

The statue of Wojtek the bear is showing signs of wear around its nose and ears. Picture: Jon Savage

Tourists damaging Wojtek the bear statue with ‘lucky’ nose rub

FIRST it was Greyfriars Bobby. Now the statue of Wojtek the bear has been damaged due to too many people rubbing his nose.

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Canadian Governor General Designate Julie Payette meets Queen Elizabeth II during a private audience at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. PIC: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Sneak peak at Queen’s private room at Balmoral Castle

The rare insight to the monarch’s living arrangements was given when Julie Payette, the Governor General Designate of Canada, was welcomed into the Queen’s Deeside residence.

Harry Potter fan Ross Millican holds a rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Picture: Julie Bull/TSPL

Harry Potter first edition sells for record £60,000

A rare first-edition Harry Potter book sold at auction for a record-breaking £60,000 - more than 5,000 times its original £10.99 price tag.

Taron Egerton as Eggsy, Colin Firth as Harry Hart and Pedro Pascal as Jack Daniels.

Cinema AND TRAILER: Kingsman - The Golden Circle, Colin Firth interview

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Colin Firth’s spy Harry Hart was left for dead, but somehow the actor is alive and kicking and back for a sequel. He talks to Laura Harding about ageing and being an unlikely action hero


Watch: The creepy new Asylum-themed game coming to Edinburgh’s new escape room

With escape rooms in Dubai and Las Vegas, one of the world’s leading puzzle experiences has broken onto the Capital’s live game scene.

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New hotels are set to provide 2000 new rooms by 2020. Picture; Lisa Ferguson

New hotels in Edinburgh set to provide 2000 new rooms by 2020

NEW hotels due to open in Edinburgh over the next three years will add nearly 2000 extra rooms to the city.

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Crowd barriers will be placed in Edinburgh for the Festive celebrations

Christmas ‘terror barriers’ to be installed in Edinburgh

New anti-terror barriers are set to be installed in Edinburgh city centre for up to seven weeks over the festive season due to the vast numbers of visitors expected to flood in for its Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations.

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Arabella Irvine, owner of Arabella Dresses in Bruntsfield, with her mum Jane.

Arabella’s success story needs no embellishment

She may be the new kid on the block when it comes to Bruntsfield’s designer fashion scene, but Arabella Irvine has a sense of style and sophistication that belies her tender age.

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Glasgow-born Sir John A Macdonald,  former Prime Minister of Canada. PIC: Creative Commons.

Why does Canada want to remove symbols of its Scottish settler past?

Sir John A Macdonald, whose face will be removed from the Canadian $10 note, was prime minister of Canada when the first residential schools were set up to teach both the English language and Christian word to indigenous children.


Video: A pictorial history of Edinburgh’s floral clock

EDINBURGH’S floral clock is the most recognisable face in town and every year like clockwork it delights visitors and locals in their thousands with its unique and colourful designs.

A new 'frozen museum' attraction will be installed on George Street in the run-up to Christmas.

Edinburgh unveils plans for festive celebrations in New Town

Huge ice and snow sculptures of Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Dolly the Sheep, Greyfriars Bobby and the Loch Ness Monster will be brought into the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town for the festive season.
Bespoke sword-making service coming to Edinburgh

Bespoke sword-making service coming to Edinburgh

Scotland’s leading licensed sword seller, The Knight’s Vault, has launched a bespoke sword-making service in Edinburgh due to popular demand.

A ruby and sapphire ring gifted by Bonnie Prince Charlie to a female supporter is on show in Inverness. PIC: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery/Ewen Weatherspoon.

7 Jacobite relics still found in the Highlands

The Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition in Edinburgh is a must-see but many relics from the 1745 uprising can be found in museums around the Highlands and speak to the hope, ambition and losses of the North as the rebellion took hold.


The weathermen of Ben Nevis

They were stationed near the top of Ben Nevis at one of the world’s first permanently manned weather observatories.

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