Saturday Apr 19
Scotland woos tourists with Commonwealth Countdown
April 14 marked exactly 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games. To celebrate the occasion, VisitScotland, the national tourism body for Scotland, has unveiled a list of the 100 Brilliant Things to do in Scotland that everyone must experience whilst in the country during this amazing year.
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Wed Apr 16, 2014
Thousands of homes plunged into darkness after power cuts in northern Scotland and islands
The fault in a power transmission line has affected "in excess of 100,000 properties" stretching from Inverness to the far north of mainland Scotland and the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and even the Isle of Skye.
Referendum debate round-up
Ahead of Scotland's 18 September independence referendum, BBC Scotland headed to Orkney to give voters a chance to quiz politicians and commentators at the heart of the debate.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
Carmichael promises more isles power
Council leaders in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides have been campaigning for local government to be given more control over island affairs The Orkney and Shetland MP said government from Edinburgh had been "just as bad and just as dangerous" for the islands "as it is from London."
VIDEO: The Referendum Debate
James Cook is in Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, to host the fourth in a series of special BBC Scotland debates as the country prepares to make a historic decision on its future.
Mon Apr 14, 2014
Fishing boat rescued 20 miles off Orkney coast
The coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh in Shetland was scrambled and the RNLI all weather lifeboat from Kirkwall in Orkney was also sent.
'Record' year for regional airports
A resurgent energy sector helped Scottish regional airports attract a record number of passengers last year, according to airports operator Hial.
Wed Apr 02, 2014
Call for mainland to lose isles code
Calls have been made for Caithness and North Sutherland to be given a new postcode instead of one connected to Kirkwall, over the sea in Orkney.
Tue Apr 01, 2014
Firm investigates tidal power bridge
An Orkney firm is in Shetland today to conduct further on-site investigations into a scheme that would combine a bridge between Yell and Unst with a tidal generator.
Sat Mar 29, 2014
The Golden Goose by George Mackay Brown
Today The Scotsman is proud to show a previously unpublished short story by George Mackay Brown, one of the great Scottish writers of the twentieth century On April the sixteenth 2001 AD, the island region of Orkney unilaterally declared its independence from the state of Scotland.
George Mackay Brown's Orcadian independence folly
The short story has emerged amid calls for Orkney to be declared independent in the event of the SNP winning this year's referendum.
Tue Mar 25, 2014