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Irn-Bru ban due to illegal ingredient gets Scottish Canadians fizzing

But morning-after expatriates in Canada are being denied the fizzy drink thanks to a rogue ingredient. It contains a red food colouring, Ponceau 4R, which could cause hyperactivity in children and has been declared illegal by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The body has written to the owner of a British foods speciality shop, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, telling him products ... Read More »

Scottish independence: Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh


Voters will go to the polls in September to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country. But what other Europeans are pressing for independence and how closely are they watching Scotland? 1. Catalonia The Catalan regional authorities have a long history of fighting the central authorities for greater autonomy, with many Catalans believing their language, culture and identity cannot ... Read More »

Scotlands Canals

Scotlands Canals

Scotland has five major canals: the Caledonian Canal in the , the Crinan Canal in the heart of  and the Forth & Clyde Canal and Monkland Canal in the central belt. The network is completed by the Union Canal. The Caledonian Canal The Caledonian Canal is truly the ‘international gateway’ to cruising in Scotland. Stretching from Inverness to Fort William, it is one ... Read More »

Sailing in Scotland

Sailing Scotland

Scotland’s many yacht charter companies offer visiting sailors a wide selection of craft and cruise locations to choose from. Whether your preference is for power or sail, self-sail or skippered, classic or modern, there’s a charter that’s right for you and your budget. Bareboat charters Bareboat charters are the most popular and cost-effective way for you explore and enjoy Scotland’s ... Read More »

Skiing in Scotland

Ski Scotland

A Scottish ski holiday is straight-forward to organise – all the major are within easy reach of Scotland’s cities and have a great range of accommodation nearby. The ski centres have great facilities and offer value-for-money for their green, blue, red and black runs. Scotland is ideal for skiing holidays, whether you want a weekend getaway, midweek  break or a longer stay. The ski centres are well-known for being friendly places which provide ... Read More »

Cycling In Scotland

Cycling Scotland

Scotland’s dedicated network of cycle routes has a great range of paths and trails to suit all abilities, showcasing why one of the best ways to explore Scotland is on two wheels. Follow the country’s designated (NCN), which covers over 1,500 miles of Scotland. From traffic-free paths running through city centres, to quiet country trails and waymarked canal and railway ... Read More »

Camping in Wild Scotland


Where organised campsites aren’t available, wild camping can be a great way of exploring remote parts of Scotland’s stunning countryside, getting close to nature and responsibly enjoying the tranquillity of some of the wildest places in the UK. As part of Scotland’s access legislation, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, you are allowed to camp on most unenclosed land. But with this ... Read More »

Where To Fish In Scotland


Scotland’s big four salmon rivers, the Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed attract fisherman from around the globe in search of world-class salmon fishing. The River Dee is simply the best spring salmon river in the world and it is here that many of the salmon fly fishing techniques that we now take for granted were first developed. Rising in the ... Read More »