Ashie was born in the 1930s and grew up in the teeming and tenement-packed east end of Aberdeen, where he started working life as a motor mechanic before getting a job in a large envelope-making factory which – hard to believe nowadays – was situated right beside the rail and bus station.
Since its inception in 2015, the North Coast 500 has been a massive success, triggering a holiday trade boom from the surge of traffic now following the 500-mile coastal touring route around Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland and Caithness.
A man has been extradited from Australia and arrested over the death of a North Lanarkshire man almost 17 years ago.
The forced depopulation of the vast county of Sutherland in the early 19th century is one of the most infamous examples of the Highland Clearances, and is the subject of this brilliantly researched if densely written account by the leading Highland historian of our age.
A new Scottish gin trail has been launched to celebrate the drink that ministers hope could become as popular as whisky.
Hardback by Birlinn, £30 This fascinating book is based around 80 maps which illustrate how a town of little significance in the 16th century – same population as modern-day Huntly – grew into an industrial and commercial behemoth which earned it the title Second City of the Empire.
Paperback by Birlinn, £9.99 Ben Cruachan is nowadays a major tourist attraction, drawing 60,000 visitors a year deep inside the granite heart of the 3,700ft mountain to view its giant underground power station.
Paperback by VisitScotland, free from tourist centres and some bookshops Scotland’s landscapes, castles and cities are often described as photogenic, so it is no surprise the country has provided the location for over 100 movies.
Hardback by Birlinn, £25 Alistair Moffat’s 526-page epic starts with the random movement of tectonic plates. However the evolution of Scotland as a discrete entity owed as much to human conflict as to geology, he explains.
Apprentice 100's goal is to give young people in the north and north-east of Scotland a pathway to successful careers.
New services to help rape victims in Orkney and Shetland will be set up as part of a £1.85m support package from the Scottish Government.
Paperback by Birlinn, £9.99 (eBook £6.95) Orkney is probably unrivalled in all of Scotland for its abundance of preserved historical sites, and this new and updated edition of a 1998 guide does justice to the archipelago’s status as a World Heritage Site.
Published by Black & White Publishing This overview of 19th-century lawbreaking starts promisingly enough as Archibald describes the social tides shaping criminal activity in Scotland, such as Irish immigration, slum living and the market created by teaching hospitals for human corpses.
An Inverness soldier who lost his leg trying to save a colleague is part of a group of amputee servicemen re-tracing the treacherous journey carried out by the Cockleshell Heroes.