Scotland’s Insider Guide: Tobermory

WITH its colourful backdrop and stunning natural harbour, arriving in Tobermory always makes your heart swell. .

Joanna Blythman reviews Southside Scran in Edinburgh

Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack have named their latest Edinburgh venture Southside Scran, which strikes me as an odd choice. Yes, Tollcross is on the south side of the city, but southside to me means areas like South Clerk Street and Causewayside. Disorientation apart, that low-brow word ‘scran’ flags up a ‘food is only fuel’ mentality that swaggers or staggers alongside that other ugly Scottish word ‘swally’, as in a swallow (of alcohol). You’ll never find me romanticising the sadde .

Move over gin … the rum revolution has arrived in Scotland

PAUL and Jacine Rutasikwa are telling the story of Matugga Rum. Its genesis is a fusion of their roots, one that stretches all the way from Uganda and Jamaica to a distillery in Scotland. .

Plan to bring 19th century mill back to life to revitalise Borders town

“I CAN’T find better words than just to say it was the best of the best in every sense of the word. The perfect example of a good textile manufacturing mill – that was March St Mill in Peebles.” .

Amnesty International: 70 years after the universal declaration of human rights women are still fighting

TOMORROW marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) – borne from the ashes of the atrocities of the Second World War when the United Nations resolved to learn the bitter lessons of the devastating conflict and build a better future for everyone, everywhere. .

Neil Mackay: Why wine has become woven into our culture

AS National Wine Week comes to an end today, Writer at Large Neil Mackay, unravels why the humble grapevine has entwined itself so deeply into human culture and society. .

Profile of Derek Mackay: the ex ‘fundie’ tipped as the next SNP leader

SOME members of the Scottish Government have a low profile and rarely attract the headlines, but Derek Mackay is the opposite. .

Experts call on SNP Government to back £5 child benefit rise in Budget

A coalition of church leaders, children’s charities, anti-poverty groups and senior academics have urged Finance Secretary Derek Mackay to increase child benefit by £5 a week in his Budget this week. .

Iain Macwhirter: Hard Brexit is dead, so why can’t we just lay it to rest?

“THIS was the week Brexit died”, declared the PM’s former adviser, Nick Timothy. It’s hard to disagree, even though it’s not clear what comes next, and our undead Prime Minister staggers on. .

Three lives who still suffer the nightmares of hatred and repression

As the world tomorrow marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Foreign Editor David Pratt tells the stories of three lives indelibly etched by the hatred, intolerance, violence and repression that this milestone document has sought to prevent. .