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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more