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SCOTLAND, a tour of beautiful and historic INVERNESS

Mountain biking with glens and bens: from Fort William to Inverness

The Great Glen Way is one of the most popular cycling trails in Britain. Kevin Rushby sets off through the Highlands to find out why<p>Down in Fort William, under a vault of blue sky and the Ben Nevis massif all snow-covered, I stand by my bike next to the sea loch and my guide, Tim Francis, from …

Homemade

Plans afoot to create Inverness to John O'Groats scenic walk by 2018

Plans are afoot to create a new walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats within the next two years.<p>It is envisaged that the updated walking trail between two of Scotland‘s most famous landmarks will take participants along the coasts of Easter Ross, Sutherland and Caithness in the 120 mile …

The Best Piazzas in Rome

Roman life revolves around the piazzas. Your local piazza is where you do your shopping, have a coffee, catch up with the neighbours, get a drink from the fountain or simply sit on a bench and watch the world go by.<p>I believe that the best piazzas in Rome fulfill the following criteria:<p>Popular with …

Anthony Bourdain says this is the first thing everyone should do when they land in a new city

Anthony Bourdain has some solid advice for adventurous travelers.<p>In an interview with Men's Journal last fall, the CNN host talked about the first thing he does whenever he lands in a city he has never been to before: hit the central market.<p>"You see what's for sale, you see what's in season, you …

Anthony Bourdain

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

<b>Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts.</b><p>The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events - and according to some - act as propaganda.<p>It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge …

Contingency plans after Forth Road Bridge closure

<b>Businesses and organisations are making contingency plans after it was announced the Forth Road Bridge will be closed until the new year.</b><p>The closure has shut down the most direct route for vehicles travelling between Fife and Edinburgh.<p>The bridge will remain open to ambulances and police on …

United Kingdom

Scotland bans plastic bags, spares landfill 650 million bags in just one year

Last year, Scotland took a stand against plastic waste and began charging consumers 5 pence per bag at stores. The move was designed to encourage …

Sustainability

Verdict on recent TES reporting on university access in Scotland: could try harder

The TES recently published this piece. The opening paragraphs give a sense of its content (emphasis added):<p>Scotland is doing a comparatively good job …

Education

Since Visiting Scotland, I've Been Trying to Understand Its Culture

<i>Note: This piece was first published by Luna Luna Magazine.</i><p>It's been five years since I visited Scotland, the home of my paternal ancestors, and it was far from the tartan-clad, bagpipe-playing, haggis-eating oasis I was half-expecting. That's because the Scottish stereotypes Americans buy into …

Nicola Sturgeon vows to replace tax credit losses for families in Scotland

First minister promises ‘credible’ plans to mitigate cuts, but will not confirm if she will match full amount of lost benefits<p>Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to introduce measures to replace money lost by working families in Scotland through the UK government’s cuts to tax credits, but refused to …

United Kingdom

Scotland's gap between rich and poor pupils widening, figures show

Exam data for 32 Scottish councils finds that disparity in Highers results between least wealthy 20% and richest 20% has risen<p>Schoolchildren from Scotland’s poorest neighbourhoods are falling further behind pupils from the wealthiest homes, new data on exam results has revealed.<p>The latest figures …

Sturgeon

Scottish legal body rejects Lockerbie bombing appeal bid

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish legal body has quashed a bid for a posthumous appeal for the only man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.<p>Abdel Baset …

Scotland

5,000-year-old tree in Scotland is changing from male to female

The Fortingall Yew standing in a church yard in Perthshire, Scotland is estimated to be 5,000 years old. For as long as people have been recording …

How BA’s new Inverness route can save you £118 APD per long-haul redemption!

British Airways announced a new route to Inverness yesterday. From 3rd May, BA will operate one flight a day from Heathrow to Inverness.<p>It will …

The independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances

<i>16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the</i> …

Dundee analysts bullish on apartment-focused REITs

<i>Globe editors have posted this research report with permission of Dundee Capital Markets. This should not be construed as an endorsement of the report's recommendations. For more on The Globe's disclaimers please read here. The following is excerpted from the report:</i><p>Apartments should continue to do …

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Edinburgh astronomers make sunless planet discoveries

<b>Clouds made of droplets of molten iron have been detected on a sunless world 75 light years from Earth.</b><p>The planet-like object, PSO J318.5-22, was already considered one of the strangest ever discovered.<p>About the same size as Jupiter, it floats freely out on its own in space.<p>Scientists estimate it …

Witness appeal over car rape in Glasgow's Mount Vernon area

<b>Police investigating a rape in Glasgow have appealed for help in tracing a driver who may have passed the scene.</b><p>The attack took place in a parked car on Daldowie Road, near Hamilton Road, in the Mount Vernon area of Glasgow, between 01:30 and 02:00 on Sunday.<p>The car is believed to have been parked …

Mount Vernon

These are the best scotch whiskies in the world

Does any drink carry the romance of the Single Malt Scotch? Ordering one at the bar or producing a bottle from cupboard is a sure affirmation of …

Autumn is Single-Malt Whiskey Time—and Dewar's Has Some New Ones

As a descendent of the Macintosh clan—way, way back on the old family tree—scotch whiskeys always have a place in my heart. And I look back fondly on …

Leave it to Scotland to discover that whisky can help clean up radioactive waste

Who knew whisky could be so useful?<p>Researchers from the Environmental Research Institute in Scotland are hoping to clean up toxic waste at the infamous Dounreay nuclear site using biosorption—where biological materials use their metal binding capacity to absorb radioactive isotope. In particular, …

Whiskey

The Struggle Is Real -- The Reality of Travel Writing

Each and every single day of my life, someone reminds me that I have the best job in the world. Funny because, the last time I checked, a job was a job and although mine might come with some pretty amazing benefits, it's still work, and work isn't always fun...even if you are so lucky to have found …

DIY Scotch Tasting Party

Plenty of blended Scotch can be enjoyed casually, whether on the rocks or in cocktails. Some well-to-do heretics might even use particular single …

Cookbook Review: Chocolate by Molly Bakes

If you are 29, it's your birthday, the 2009 recession is on, and your job vanishes, what do you do next? Maria Goodman seized the opportunity and opened a bakery in London, a now established and happily famous bakery. Visit the website, and you'll be craving a visit to London.<p>Instead of searching …

Five places to explore Salem's witchy past -- and the memorials to its victims

There can be no spookier place to be on Halloween than the places where alleged witches were tried and hanged 300 years ago in and around Salem, Mass.<p>This grim chapter in America's history led to 14 women and six men being convicted and executed between 1692 and 1693.<p>These days, Salem draws …

New England

Take a look inside one of America's most mysterious and abandoned hotels

Its past is somewhat twisted, with a history of being a home base for cult leaders, and its interiors are filled with rubble and peeling paint.<p>The Divine Lorraine Hotel and its Victorian-style architecture have become a staple in the Philly skyline, as well as a place for urban explorers to venture …