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Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon (centre) during a meeting at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Germany and Scotland have announced that their respective Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place until at least mid-February. As of Tuesday eveni(...)

Scottish Gaelic is rarely used by younger generations following its accelerated decline as the community vernacular since the early 1980s. Photograph: iStock

Scottish Gaelic, a language closely related to Irish, is on the verge of collapse in the communities where it is still spoken, a major new study has f(...)

 Donald Trump plays a round of golf after the opening of The Trump International Golf Links Course on July 10th, 2012, two months after his chaotic appearance before a committee of the Scottish parliament. Photograogh: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Donald Trump, famously, has never held elected office. At times on the campaign trail, the prospective US president’s grasp of how government works ha(...)

UK polling stations close at 10 pm on Thursday June 23rd as Britain decides whether to stay or remain in the European Union.   Photograph: EPA

The UK is poised to decide on its future in the European Union in a referendum on June 23rd. Voting will take place all day, with polling stations c(...)

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(...)