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“Why does a salmon take a fly?” That’s the question asked by Eric Steel’s quietly beguiling documentary. Its subject is Megan Boyd, a woman from the West Highlands who became celebrated for her extraordinary skill at tying fishing flies. Boyd, whose  fervent admirers included Prince Charles, died in 2001. Steel speaks to those who knew her or used her flies, and films the rugged Scottish landscapes where she lived and worked.

Win an indulgent autumnal break in a Scottish Castle!

As part of VisitScotland’s Autumn Moments Campaign, you and a companion are invited to escape to a world of lavish indulgence with a 2-night stay at the 5-gold star Inverlochy Castle. This country house hotel is nestled at the foothills of Ben Nevis and amidst the glens and lochs of the West Highlands and the elegant surroundings and atmosphere of the hotel will allow you to enjoy an array of Scotland’s finest scenery. With stunning mountain backdrops and an abundance of Scottish wildlife on your doorstep, this fabulous prize offers you the chance to take in a kaleidoscope of seasonal tones, which appear in Scotland as autumn takes hold.

Touching Distance, By Rebecca Abrams

In the wake of the French Revolution, a curious and headstrong Scottish doctor fought a gruelling battle of his own against tradition and authority. Firmly rooted in historical events, Rebecca Abrams's engrossing novel tells how Dr Alec Gordon struggled to understand and overcome the epidemic of "childbed fever" that cut a mortal swathe through the mothers of Aberdeen in the early 1790s.

Pub featured in Local Hero finds new owner

A pub which achieved global fame for its role in a cult film has been sold after lying empty for two years, it was confirmed today.

Highlanders want return of the big bad wolf

Chilling effect of top predator needed to curb grazing of Scotland's red deer

Epic trip to trace the remotest of our native butterflies

The latest stage of our hunt involves an uncomfortable visit to the Highlands

The brew with a spectacular view

It has already been dubbed the café at the end of the universe – confirmation, as if it were needed, that the British will go to any lengths for a decent cup of tea.

Tests carried out on dead golden eagle

A police investigation was launched yesterday into the death of a Golden Eagle.

'Urgent' checks on helicopter gearboxes after North Sea crash

Crash investigators yesterday ordered "urgent" inspections on helicopter gearboxes following the North Sea disaster that claimed 16 lives earlier this month.

Tantrum puts Rangers' Boyd at risk of being dropped for cup final

Striker returns to training but club are silent on chances of him facing Celtic on Sunday

International Paper mill closure costs 371 jobs

Some 371 people are to lose their jobs as the closure of a giant paper mill was announced today.

Two hillwalkers die, two found safe

Two hillwalkers missing overnight in mountains in snowy weather were found alive by rescuers today. The men were plucked to safety by a helicopter whose crew spotted them in Strath Nethy Valley in the Cairngorms, in Scotland.

Smith out for Aberdeen

Winger Jamie Smith is Aberdeen's only absentee as they take on Rangers at Pittodrie today seeking an Old Firm double after beating Celtic last Sunday.

Leading article: This summer, think local

At this time of year, when the tinsel is being taken down and the return to work looms, many of us start dreaming about summer holidays.

Five Scottish gastro hotels

Indulge yourself with great food and stunning scenery at these luxurious lodgings. By Rhiannon Batten
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