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Historic tower handed over to conservation trust

An historic 14th century tower is to be handed over to the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

The Alloa Tower, in Clackmannanshire, is the first heritage property acquired by conservation charity in seven years.

The Earl of Mar, left, hands over Alloa Tower to Sir Kenneth Calman of the National Trust for Scotland.
The Earl of Mar, left, hands over Alloa Tower to Sir Kenneth Calman of the National Trust for Scotland.

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RAF farewells Leuchars base after 95 years

A special ceremony has been held to mark the handover of RAF Leuchars to the army. The Fife base, near St Andrews, has been an RAF station since 1920. It was announced five years ago that its air force status was to end as part of the Ministry of Defence’s strategic defence and security review. …

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Edinburgh University among top 30 in the world

Edinburgh University has vaulted into the top 30 of the best universities in the world. The Scottish capital’s university has climbed from 46th place to 29th in the latest Times Higher Education Reputation Rankings and is the only Scottish institution in the list. “Our rise in these rankings is not only great news for the …

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Inverness is happiest place to live in Scotland

Inverness is the happiest place to live in Scotland, according to a survey which asked people how contented they are with their home and community. The Highlands city came second in the UK, with Falkirk coming fifth in the list of the happiest places to live in Britain. Although not in the UK top ten, …

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Drinks giant launches youth unemployment program

Drinks giant Diageo has set its sights on tackling youth unemployment in Scotland by launching a £5 million training program for young people. The Bell’s and Johnnie Walker distiller has initially targeted the hospitality industry with the Learning for Life program, aiming to put 200 job candidates through the scheme this year. But it later …

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Rare Macallan M whisky sold for £380,000

A rare bottle of The Macallan M single malt whisky has sold for over £380,000 at a charity auction in Hong Kong. The ‘Imperiale’ six-litre bottle of the exclusive 44.7% single malt went under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house in Hong Kong. Named ‘Constantine’, the bottle is one of only four ever created, with …

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Passing of former Society Patron

Lord Alistair McAlpine, former patron of The Saint Andrew Society of WA, has died in England, aged 71. As a member of a famous construction dynasty, Alistair McAlpine had a household name from birth. His grandfather Sir Robert, known as “Concrete Bob”, founded the firm, which remains one of the biggest builders in the UK, …

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Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to you and yours at the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary year for Scotland. There will be: *  the Homecoming 2014, the second such event, that    hopes to build on the success of the 2009 inititive*  the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn*  the Commonwealth Games …

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New cycling event to be held at Loch Ness

A new cycling event is to be held on roads around Loch Ness in 2014. The 109km Etape Loch Ness in May, which will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, is expected to attract as many as 1000 riders. It will start and finish in Inverness and follow the A82 on the north side of …

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Island population boom

New census figures show Scotland’s islands are enjoying a population boom, as people are attracted by the lifestyles and work in the new green-energy industry. The increase over the past decade is highest on Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, which have been said to be the happiest places to live in the UK. There …

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Scotch whisky export value reaches record high

Scottish whisky exports were worth a record £4.27 billion last year, despite less of the drink going overseas. A total of 1.19 billion bottles of whisky were exported, five per cent fewer than in 2011. But increased demand for more expensive premium blended whisky and the growing popularity of single malts meant that the overall …

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New song for Scotland

New lyrics have been written to go with the popular pipe tune Highland Cathedral. This stirring song has been recorded by the Scottish rugby squad, with skipper Kelly Brown on lead vocals. The words, which celebrate “Scotland my country and my land of birth” as well as “Highland Cathedral in my heart, my home”, were …

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Nine-year-old boy youngest person to bag all Munros

Daniel Smith has his name in the record books, despite the fact he is only nine years old. In February, he became the youngest person to climb all 282 Munros (a Munro is a Scottish mountain with a height over 914.4m). He has shared his feat with his father and climbing partner, Mark. Daniel caught …

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Dundee schoolboy has higher IQ than Einstein

A 12-year-old Dundee boy has achieved the highest possible score in a Mensa test, making him smarter than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. Agnijo Banerjee scored 162 in the test – higher than the 160 IQs recorded for the famous scientists. The first-year pupil at Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry, has already got an A pass …

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Dundee has its own edition of Monopoly

The Dundee edition of Monopoly featuring a range of the city’s landmarks has been launched. The City of Discovery was chosen over ten other towns and cities, including Perth and Stirling, to be awarded its own version of the best-selling board game. Dundonians were asked to suggest which landmarks should be included on the board. …

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Aberdeenshire people have best quality of life

People who live in Aberdeenshire have the best quality of life in Scotland, according to a recent survey. The annual Bank of Scotland Quality of Life Survey based its findings on the health and life expectancy of residents in the country’s 32 local authority districts, as well as looking at employment, school performance and climate. …

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Annual General Meeting

A large number of members attended the Annual General Meeting of the Society, held on Sunday, 19 February. As well as the financial and Chieftain’s reports (click on the link below to see the Chieftain’s Report), the main business of the day was the election of office bearers and general Committee members. The office-bearers are …

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Most expensive street in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is home to 13 of Scotland’s 20 most expensive streets. The priciest homes are in Dick Place, in the Grange area of the city, where the average property costs £1.5m. Aberdeen is another centre for costly homes, with Scotland’s second and third most expensive streets. They are Rubislaw Den South and Rubislaw Den North, …

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Scots can cash in on £375bn oil bonanza

Scotland’s North Sea oil and gas industry can deliver a £376 billion bonanza over the next 40 years and secure Aberdeen as “one of the global energy capitals” of the future, according to a report published recently. The PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study, titled Northern Lights: a strategic vision of Aberdeen as a world-class energy capital, said …

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Historic castle to be restored to former glory

A castle on the Isles of Lewis is to be restored to its former glory and turned into a museum. Lews Castle, on the edge of Stornoway, has been on the buildings at risk register since 2000 and its development has been stalled because of a lack of funding. Now the council which owns the …

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