The Ethereal Beauty of Scotland's Fingal's Cave

Fingal's Cave is on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Its unique beauty is the result of Paleocene lava flow, and the cave inspired, among others, Felix Mendelssohn, Jules Verne, John Keats, August Strindberg, and Pink Floyd. » 2/26/15 1:30am 2/26/15 1:30am

Man Claims Boat Collision Proves Existence Of Loch Ness Monster

A man who once rented boats on Loch Ness has come forward, claiming that "flesh and black skin an inch thick" was found clinging to one of his vessels after a tragic collision with an unknown object. Alas, there's no proof, since the incident happened nearly 40 years ago. » 1/27/15 12:20pm 1/27/15 12:20pm

What's the Loch Ness Monster been up to lately? Being mistaken for "fallen trees and branches from a woodland," apparently. Hang in there, Nessie. You've fooled 'em this long — don't give up the game yet! » 12/01/14 3:30pm 12/01/14 3:30pm

Your Guide to Dressing Like an Outlander Character

If you've been watching Outlander, you've probably found yourself thinking: Goddamn, I could use some knitwear. And a tweed skirt. And a plaid sweater. And maybe some really sturdy leather shoes? And so I have assembled this shopping guide, as a public service. » 9/27/14 2:15pm 9/27/14 2:15pm

Scottish SF Author Ken MacLeod Talks About the Referendum (He's a No)

This is a fascinating conversation between Scottish SF author Ken MacLeod (Intrusion, The Execution Channel) and British historian Francis Spufford, which took place just a couple of weeks before last night's historic vote on Scottish independence. » 9/19/14 12:40pm 9/19/14 12:40pm

What Europe Will Look Like If Its Separatists Get Their Way

As Scottish voters head to the polls in its historic referendum, the European Free Alliance has put together this map showing what would happen if every single separatist movement managed to break free. » 9/18/14 3:30pm 9/18/14 3:30pm

Is the UK Missing Out on Outlander Because of the Scottish Referendum?

As the UK and Scotland prepare for the results of the Scottish independence referendum, there is one question on all our minds: HOW DOES THE REFERENDUM AFFECT OUTLANDER? » 9/17/14 9:30pm 9/17/14 9:30pm

Why Women Are So Hot for Highlanders Right Now

There is a lot to discuss re: the upcoming Outlander adaptation, and there is a very good chance that soon you will not be able to get me to shut up about it. First things first, though: Why do so many women love Scottish highlanders so goddamn much? » 8/01/14 4:20pm 8/01/14 4:20pm

Scottish independence movement leader inspired by Ghosts of Mars

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, who is also chief of the separatist Scottish National Party (SNP), has confessed to being a huge Marvel comics fan and a slightly ironic admirer of so-bad-it's-awesome movie Ghosts of Mars. At a Scottish Film Fest event hosted by comic book writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), the… » 2/20/13 11:30am 2/20/13 11:30am

Scotland's two mummified bog bodies are the Frankenstein remains of six…

Britain's only prehistoric mummies resided in Cladh Hallan, only Scotland's South Uist island. They belong to a class of mummie known as "bog bodies," corpses naturally preserved in sphagnum bogs. A new discovery reveals that these mummies — one male and one female — aren't unusual just because they're British; … » 7/07/12 1:00pm 7/07/12 1:00pm

Christian fundamentalist textbooks touting the Loch Ness Monster as…

For the 2012-2013 school year, thousands of Louisiana students will receive state-funded vouchers to attend private schools, many of which hold religious affiliations. » 6/25/12 10:15am 6/25/12 10:15am

I want this life-size bouncy inflatable Stonehenge

In the classic heavy metal mockumentary This is Spinal Tap, the band is bedeviled by an improperly sized recreation of Stonehenge. Such is not the case in Glasgow, where artist Jeremy Deller has not skimped on the megaliths. » 4/25/12 6:40am 4/25/12 6:40am

This rare, brainless sea creature could hold the secrets to vertebrate…

You're looking at a rare, fish-like creature known to marine scientists as amphioxus. Widely known for being not only faceless, but brainless, these small, elusive creatures are some of the most bizarre ocean-dwellers we've ever discovered. » 12/29/11 3:23pm 12/29/11 3:23pm

Scenes From Scotland From The End Of The World

The urban explorers of Abandoned Scotland have quietly and assiduously documented those derelict locations in the northern climes where human presence has receded. Their videos and photography will take you millennia into the future, when we've all (hopefully) moved to the New Edinburgh Ringworld. » 11/30/11 7:30am 11/30/11 7:30am

How Victorian engineers almost built an underwater tunnel between…

Over a hundred years before the Channel Tunnel opened, providing an undersea railway link between France and the UK, a Victorian engineer dreamed up a daring plan to build a tunnel linking Scotland and Ireland. Those plans were forgotten...until now. » 10/18/11 3:10pm 10/18/11 3:10pm

Birds can learn to build a better nest

Many in the scientific community have long assumed that nest-building in birds is a purely instinctive skill — an inborn ability that birds repeat from one nest to the next, regardless of their personal building history. » 9/27/11 5:00pm 9/27/11 5:00pm

7,000-year-old archaeological site was a Stone Age rest area

A recently uncovered archaeological site in the Scottish highlands dates back to the Mesolithic, roughly 10,000 years ago. What makes it so unusual is that this isn't a settlement - it's the prehistoric equivalent of a highway pit stop. » 7/19/11 1:59pm 7/19/11 1:59pm

Dream-like nature photography from the 1890s

These incandescent pictures and postcards from the turn of the 19th century aren't true color photography — they were colored using a process known as photochrom that gave the landscapes they depict a fuzzy warm veneer. » 8/11/10 7:30am 8/11/10 7:30am

Scottish Island Is Infested With Adorable Rabbits

The 20 residents of Canna once had 10,000 rats on their 5-mile-long island. Exterminators killed the last rat in 2006, but a new plague has descended upon Canna - the plague of bunnies. Night of the Lepus, anyone? » 4/28/10 3:00pm 4/28/10 3:00pm