The UK Coastguard received a distress alert when the fishing vessel’s emergency positioning beacon was activated near Mingulay

A fishing vessel has sunk off the Western Isles in Scotland, with one of the four crew members still missing. The bodies of two crew members have bee(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader is among the most vocal proponents of the EU. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support (...)

Looking across a bridge towards the rocky ridge of the Cuillin mountains from Sligachan, the Isle of Skye. Photograph: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
On a high in the Isle of Skye

Island envy is a likely side effect of visiting the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides. Our own islands of Aran, To(...)

The Stena Carron oil drill ship, moored at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.  Scotland’s oil and gas riches are playing a major part in the independence debate. Photograph:   via Getty

For nearly four decades, the Shetland Islands have been linked in the public’s mind with oil, a community that has done well from the exploration of t(...)