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Published on Apr 13, 2017
The view form the family home of singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean encompasses more than just a few miles of rolling Perthshire countryside, it stretches back through time itself - much like the haunting lyrics he wrote for the Scots anthem 'Caledonia'
It has been said there are three types of people in the world - Scots, wannabe Scots and those with no ambition.
For a nation of just 5 million residents there are an incredible number of people world-wide who proudly, and justifiably, claim Scottish descent.
More than 100 years before Scots-American astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and at least four years before French author Jules Verne dreamed up the idea, the scientific principles of manned space flight were discovered by a Presbyterian minister from Bute - Rev William Leitch
Situated at the end of an historic Georgian Terrace in the centre of Edinburgh this five-bedroom, three-story property seems more than slightly at odds with its surroundings. Yet this surprising addition to an otherwise conservative sandstone terraced street in the capital's New Town has been hailed as a model of perfection.
Relaxing under a bright blue sky on the deck of a luxury boat, watching seals bobbing up and down in the reflective waters of a sheltered rocky cove amid a backdrop of heather-clad hills, it's easy to imagine time has stood still.
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, founded in Edinburgh 200 years ago, grew to be one of the most influential of the Victorian age and is now being celebrated at the National Library of Scotland.
In a forgotten corner of Kolkata the graves of almost 2,000 Scots who had a hand in shaping Britain's imperial past are helping create a future for Indo-Scottish relations.
Fantasy and nostalgia are mixed together with a glamour and a little bawdy humour to create and intoxicating cocktail full of fun entertainment which can't be found anywhere else ... at least not on the same scale.
Club Noir at the O2 academy in Glasgow is now the biggest, longest running, and some say the best, Burlesque cabaret show in the world.
Today the picturesque remote inlet of Loch Eve in the northwest Highlands of Scotland is the epitome of peace and tranquility.
But just a few decades ago it was for tens of thousands of men the starting point of a voyage which Winston Churchill described as the "worst journey in the world"
Forget about Nice, Vienna or Madrid the ultimate destination being tipped for a city break is Edinburgh
When Jules Verne wrote about Phileas Fogg going around the world in 80 days he at least factored in the use of ships, trains and even a balloon to complete the task.
But then Fogg was no Mark Beaumont, the Scots adventurer with a track record of taking on near impossible tasks and succeeding.
Close ties between Britain and the USA can be traced back many centuries but now newly released digital archives reveal the remarkable story of how a Scottish diplomat and his wife helped lay the foundations of that 'special' relationship