Fort William fire: Huge grassland blaze brought under control before it reaches Scottish town

Huge grassland fire brought under control before it reaches Scottish town after burning through the night Dozens of firefighters battled blaze near Fort William in Scottish Highlands Hundreds of acres of heath, grass and trees have burned in dry conditions Cause unknown but farmers are currently allowed to set moorland on fireLocal Lib Dem MP Charles Kennedy praises efforts of emergency services By Becky Evans and Mark Duell PUBLISHED: 22:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 3 April 2013 The night sky lit by flames from fire ravaging a forest, this scene could have been captured in some far-off sunny clime. In fact it’s Scotland. While Britain has shivered in the coldest March for more than 50 years, the Highlands has been hit by unseasonably dry weather which has left the region prone to wildfires.

Skier missing after avalanche in the Scottish Highlands

Search resumes for missing skier swept up in huge avalanche in the Scottish Highlands Emergency services called to area near Glencoe Ski CentreThirty people involved in the search operationLeader of mountain rescue team admits it is unlikely the person would be found alive Person described as 'an experienced off-piste skier' who was 'out of the ski area' Temperatures could drop to -10C in the Highlands tonight By John Hutchinson PUBLISHED: 18:18 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:25 GMT, 31 March 2013 Rescuers have resumed their search for a skier missing after being caught up in a major avalanche in the Scottish Highlands. The man was skiing in an off-piste area behind Glencoe Ski Centre with his friend when the avalanche struck at about 1pm yesterday. He was swept away during the incident and efforts to find him have so far been unsuccessful

Enthusiasts from all over the UK and Europe gather in Glasgow for model railway exhibition

The train now standing… is a model: Enthusiasts queue to indulge their love of the railways (in small scale) Model railway clubs from all over the UK and Europe gathered in Glasgow for the Model Rail Scotland exhibitionEvent runs until Sunday but if you can't make it along have a look at our gallery from the Scottish Exhibition Centre By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 03:11 GMT, 22 February 2013 Huddled over his pride and joy, his is the face of the perfectionist. Using the steadiest of hands, Dave Patterson applies the deft finishing touch to his model carriage. His addition may not have been noticeable to the crowds who descended upon the Model Rail Scotland exhibition yesterday

UK weather: Temperatures to fall again by end of the week (and snow could make a comeback)

The sun's out… but spring hasn't sprung: Temperatures to fall again by end of the week (and snow could make a comeback)Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands saw temperatures of 13.4C yesterday South East and East Anglia could see snow flurries by the end of the week By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 01:19 GMT, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 GMT, 18 February 2013 Britain enjoyed an early taste of spring yesterday as the country basked in sunshine and some ventured out for the first time this year without a coat. Just days after snow brought disruption to parts of the country, temperatures jumped into double figures.

The black Florence Nightingale and the making of a PC myth: One historian explains how Mary Seacole"s story never stood up

The black Florence Nightingale and the making of a PC myth: One historian explains how Mary Seacole's story never stood upClaims of her achievements have been hugely oversold for political reasons, says leading historian'Seacole was not a pioneer nurse, she didn't call herself a nurse'Contrary to accounts, Seacole was never awarded a Crimea Medal | UPDATED: 00:38 GMT, 31 December 2012 Pioneer Mary Seacole was voted greatest Black Briton but are people misguided She is regarded as our greatest black Briton, a woman who did more to advance the cause of nursing – and race relations – than almost any other individual. On the Crimea's bloody battlefields, she is said to have saved the lives of countless wounded soldiers and nursed them to health in a clinic paid for out of her own pocket

Revealed, the great barrier reef of Skye: 100million dazzling orange shellfish carpet seabed

Revealed, the great barrier reef of Skye: 100million dazzling orange 'flame shells' carpet seabedAstonishing natural reef found near Isles of Skye The scallop-like species have glowing orange tentaclesThe living reef supports hundreds of other species | UPDATED: 11:49 GMT, 27 December 2012 It is a newly discovered natural wonder, a living natural reef made up of 100million brightly coloured shellfish carpeting the seabed. But while the spectacular colony of flame shells may look like something from tropical waters, it has actually been found off Scotland’s coast.

Newlywed, 23, faces being told to quit the UK after falling foul of visa rules

Newlywed graduate, 23, faces being told to quit the UK after falling foul of visa rules American Daniel Whiteley graduated from St Andrews University in summer The astrophysics graduate married management graduate Jenny in OctoberBut 23-year-old is unhappy that he's likely to be barred from living in UK | UPDATED: 02:43 GMT, 27 December 2012 Couple: American Daniel Whiteley (left) graduated with a degree in astrophysics from St Andrews University this summer and married management graduate Jenny (right) in October A couple who met at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities and married two months ago are set to be forced out of Scotland by tough new immigration laws. American Daniel Whiteley graduated with a degree in astrophysics from St Andrews University this summer and married management graduate Jenny in October. His student visa expired the same month.

British professor Gavin Mooney and his wife found bludgeoned to death at their home in Tazmania

Retired British economist and his wife found bludgeoned to death at their home in TasmaniaProfessor Gavin Mooney and partner Dr Delys Weston found deadDr Weston's son arrested in connection according to local reportsMr Mooney born in Glasgow and moved to Australia in 1993Described as 'inspiring' and a 'fearless advocate for social justice' | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 22 December 2012 A retired British economist and his wife are thought to have been bludgeoned to death at their home in Tasmania. Professor Gavin Mooney, 69, and Dr Delys Weston, 62, were found at the property in Tasmania on Wednesday. Professor Mooney was previously the director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group in Australia and held a number of senior positions at universities in the country

Rare "rainbow clouds" shimmer in the night sky over Scotland in these astonishingly beautiful pictures

Shepherd's delight: Rainbow coloured 'mother-of-pearl' clouds shimmering in the night sky over Scotland Unusual formation spotted over the Outer Hebrides just before sunriseMethane reacts with ozone in the atmosphere to create the dazzling display | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 17 December 2012 These breathtaking images show an extremely rare, multi-coloured cloud hovering over a Scottish island at night. The dazzling sight appeared over the island of Scalpay, in the Outer Hebrides, just before sunrise on December 9. Amateur photographer Jez Wheeler was lucky enough to be in the right place to capture the perfect shots of the cloud, known as a 'mother-of-pearl' or Nacreous cloud

Cabinet in revolt over Camerons alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose unfair tax on the poor

Cabinet in revolt over Cameron’s alcohol price plans: Senior Tories and Lib Dems unite to oppose ‘unfair tax on the poor’Plan to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit branded 'illiberal'Opposition grew when study showed poorest 20% would bear half price hike, paying an extra 318million a year for alcohol Wealthiest 20% would pay an extra 7m and richest 10% would pay nothing | UPDATED: 20:12 GMT, 16 December 2012 A bid to end Britain’s binge drinking culture by imposing a price hike on alcohol has been hit by a Cabinet revolt. Senior Tories and Liberal Democrats have united to oppose the minimum pricing proposals, condemning it as an ‘unfair tax on the poor’. Ministers critical of the plan, backed by David Cameron, to make retailers sell alcohol for at least 45p a unit said it was ‘illiberal’ and would punish responsible but cash-strapped drinkers.