Alex Salmond has resigned

He says he will stand down as first minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen. Follow live updates »

Scotland has voted against ending its 307-year-old union with England and Wales, with the Scottish National party conceding defeat in the historic referendum.

The Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits (ie most of you reading this) 

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Tomorrow’s front page. Here’s a summary of today’s events, with more live coverage from 7am BST tomorrow. 

• Four new polls were released showing narrow leads for the no camp.


On 18 September voters in Scotland will be asked to make the greatest democratic constitutional decision in their nation’s history. The question is simple: should Scotland be an independent country, yes or no?

Everything you need to know about the vote »

Cool holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, Scotland - in pictures

As well as the traditional cosy cottages you’d expect to find on the beautiful island of Skye, there are also a surprising number of cool contemporary properties with impressive eco credentials. See more

Photos, top to bottom:PR, James Ross, Andrew Lee. Click photos for captions. 

Your smartphone travel photosThe Braid Hills and Blackford Hill in Edinburgh are a series of small summits to the south-west of the city, commanding expansive views looking northwards over the urban area to the Forth. View the full gallery.

Photograph: Jonathan Carvajal/GuardianWitness