The tiny Hebridean island earmarked as Scotland’s Alcatraz

A tiny Hebridean island was offered up as penal colony in the 19th Century with North Rona described as offering “all the terrors and none of the attractions” of transportation to Australia.

Gary Lamont

7 shows to see at the Gilded Balloon’s Rose Theatre

HAVING been a staple of the Fringe for more than three decades now, the Gilded Balloon launched its inaugural winter programme last month at The Rose Theatre, Rose Street, establishing itself as an all year round presence on the Capital’s entertainment scene.

With two spaces, the 300 seat main room and 120 seat Basement Theatre, plans are to bring hand-picked favourites back to the city.

Here are seven such favourites to catch over the festive season...


Netflix film Outlaw King brings ‘huge benefits’ to Scotland

A new feature film based on the story of Robert the Bruce has brought “huge benefits” to the country’s screen sector, the culture secretary has said.

Sting at Leith Dockers Club. Pic: Greg Macvean

Liam Rudden: Sting’s visit to the Dockers Club gets Leith buzzing

THE buzz of disbelief as news got out that pop icon Sting was performing on the stage of Leith Dockers Club earlier this week was the reflected in the response on social media; ‘Say what now? Sting down at Leith dockers??’ tweeted @Antihippy, while @LeithLate seemed a bit more bemused: ‘Erm...so this happened today.’


£25m plan to replace Edinburgh bandstand in turmoil

Edinburgh’s plans for a new outdoor concert arena have been plunged into doubt just months after a winning design was chosen for the £25 million scheme.

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£1 million indoor trampoline arena coming to Musselburgh

£1 million indoor trampoline arena coming to Musselburgh

A £1 million indoor trampoline arena is set to open in East Lothian.

A torchlight procession through the streets of Edinburgh as part of Hogmanay celebrations / AFP PHOTO / ANDY BUCHANANANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Hogmanay bosses face charity criticism over unpaid staff

One of Scotland’s leading volunteering charities has criticised the organisers of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay festival for not including plans to use more than 300 unpaid workers in their bid to take over the running of the event.

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Here’s where you can watch classic Christmas films in Edinburgh

Here’s where you can watch classic Christmas films in Edinburgh

Nothing gets people in the festive spirit quicker than watching an old favourite Christmas movie.

New Westminster, British Columbia, in 1865. A number of Scots were admitted to the town's lunatic asylum after migrating to the province. PIC: Creative Commons.

The “dark side” of Scots emigration hidden in asylum records

A “dark side” to the mass wave of emigration from Scotland in the late 19th and early 20th Century has been highlighted by new research into those who ended up in lunatic asylums following their journeys across the Atlantic.

The advertisment in the Caledonian Mercury looking for the 'Black Slave'. PIC: Contributed.

The slave called Caesar who ran away from his Highland home

The Runaway Slaves in Britain research project at Glasgow University is compiling a fascinating record of those who sought to escape their bondage after being brought here in the 18th Century.

Here, Nelson Mundell, a PhD candidate on the project, tells the story of Caesar who disappeared deep into the Highlands after escaping from the mansion of his master, a MP for Inverness.

Firemen tackle the blaze in Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: Tony Marsh

On this day 2002: Cowgate fire rips through Edinburgh’s Old Town

On this day in 2002, firefighters battled to extinguish an uncontrollable fire, that ravaged through the Cowgate area of the city, leaving the UNESCO World Heritage site damaged beyond repair.

The abandoned island of Scarp off Harris. PIC: www.geograph.co.uk.

When the last family abandoned the tiny island of Scarp

It was 26 years ago this week that the last native residents evacuated the island of Scarp with a family leaving on a small boat packed with furniture as their two cows swam behind them.


Video: how to correctly wear a kilt

We spoke to one of the capital’s biggest kilt hire companies to get a professional’s opinion on how to properly don a kilt.


Edinburgh then and now: A decade of Google Street View

SINCE it launched in the US a decade ago, Google Street View cameras have captured much of the Western world and beyond.

Sarah Parish as Elizabeth Bancroft, Faye Marsay as Katherine Stevens and Amara Karan as Anya Karim.

BIG Preview: Sarah Parish in Bancroft

Sarah Parish has starred in huge shows throughout her career but the dark four-part drama Bancroft sees her as a troubled detective - and, she tells Georgia Humphreys, she’s revelled in it

Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds star in The Hitman's Bodyguard on Sky Cinema.

TV Choice: What to download or stream this week

The best from the black boxes under the telly.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show.

TV Choice: Five of the best shows this week

The best from the schedules to watch or record this week....

The Tunnel returns...

TV HIGHLIGHT: The Tunnel - Vengeance

The Tunnel - Vengeance, Thursday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic & NOW TV

Dave Franco as Greg Sestero and James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

MOVIES: James Franco talks The Disaster Artist

James and Dave Franco have finally starred in a film together after years of resistance from the younger brother. The duo talk to Laura Harding about why the time was right

Low Cut Connie

A slice of Philly is all set to rock the Voodoo Rooms

PHILADELPHIA’S premiere rock n roll outfit, Low Cut Connie cross the Atlantic for the first time this month for an eight-stop tour of the United Kingdom that brings them to the Voodoo Rooms on Saturday.

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