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Peter Ross

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Past articles by Peter:

‘A missing link in ancient Scottish history’: on the trail of the Picts

Pictish stones are the relics of a long-lost civilisation, and visiting them in Scotland makes for a fascinating trip starting in Edinburgh then heading north → Read More

Rizzio by Denise Mina review – the men who took aim at Mary Stuart

The crime writer’s daring, hard-boiled take on the brutal murder of Mary, Queen of Scots’ private secretary → Read More

Why I’m exploring Glasgow with a 1930s guidebook

Our writer tours his home town using a vintage tourist guide – and gets a new perspective on a city that remains nostalgic yet irreverent → Read More

‘With Edinburgh empty, we’re seeing our city through tourists’ eyes’

Novelist Ian Rankin and other locals walk Edinburgh’s locked-down, tourist-free streets, and discover parts of the city they never knew existed → Read More

Jackie Kay on putting her adoption on stage – and getting a pay rise for her successor

When Scotland’s national poet travelled to Nigeria to ask her birth father if he ever thought of her, he said no. Does it hurt to put this on stage? And should the next ‘makar’ be on £30,000? → Read More

‘His memory shouldn’t be shrouded in darkness’: How Frightened Rabbit coped with the death of Scott Hutchison

After the musician took his own life last year, the other band members had to come to terms with many things. But an album of cover versions has helped them to embrace his legacy → Read More

Magic and mystery on the Isle of Lewis

Its ancient standing stones are a big draw at midsummer but Lewis is rich in treasures of many other kinds – historic, religious … and gloriously outrageous → Read More

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Musical? review – where are d'jokes and d'good songs?

Brendan O’Carroll and co cheerfully gurn their way through two hours’ of weak gags, unmemorable songs and wasted opportunities → Read More

Local Hero review – oil-movie gem strikes a salty musical note

Bill Forsyth’s bittersweet comic drama about a Scottish village’s fight with an oil firm sheds its whimsy in this tougher version, scored by Mark Knopfler → Read More

Windows of wonder: cutouts and light brighten Glasgow night

The Window Wanderland festival sees people turn their neighbourhoods into colourful night-time playgrounds → Read More

A superstar? An enigma? Gerry Cinnamon is our next folk hero ready to leap

Glaswegian singer Gerry Cinnamon will play just before Stormzy at TRNSMT this year. A people's poet to some, lowest-common-denominator to others - can he follow the likes of Oasis and the Arctic Monkeys in making the leap from grassroots phenomenon to national prominence? → Read More

On the trail of Mary, Queen of Scots

A major new film about the 16th-century queen will put the castles and battlefields of her tragic final days back in the spotlight. We follow in her blood-soaked footsteps → Read More

‘Gardening has probably saved my life’: one thriving Glasgow community

At this vital community space in Govan, locals are mucking in for the good of everyone’s health → Read More

Sole searching: the Lyke Wake Walk, North York Moors

Why would anyone want to hike 40 miles in less than a day? Because this ‘death march’ is the Yorkshire equivalent of climbing Everest → Read More

Driving Scotland’s new South West Coastal 300 route

Where the North Coast 500 route is all rugged drama, this new road trip circuit celebrates Scotland’s less-visited south-west – all green rolling hills and gentle coastlines → Read More

'We need to hear bone splintering!' – Touching the Void crashes on to the stage

It is one of the most breathtaking stories of disaster, abandonment and survival in mountaineering. Will a theatre version finally settle its brutal controversies? → Read More

Utterly buttery: the Scottish pastries ‘that look like roadkill croissants’

They’re not pretty, they’re definitely not good for you, but the salty, fatty rolls known as butteries are the essence of Aberdeenshire → Read More

Pagan paradise: Glastonbury without the festival

What’s Glastonbury like without the bands and the fans? As the festival takes a year off, it turns out there’s still plenty to enjoy, from ethical taxidermy to wall-to-wall druids → Read More

Unleash the Burryman! Britain's weirdest folk rituals

A fanatical folklorist has spent a lifetime cataloguing Britain’s strangest rites. He picks his five favourites, from blazing barrels and sacred pies to a May Day ceremony bigger than Christmas → Read More

Woof! Watching Isle of Dogs with a cinema full of canines

They were howling in delight at a pooch-friendly screening of Wes Anderson’s new film in Edinburgh → Read More