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.

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On Thursday, came a post from Martha from titled simply “Goodbye”: “This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my headteacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

"I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either."

Martha’s father, Dave, added a note of explanation, saying: “Martha’s school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all. I contacted Argyll and Bute council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography.”

Girl banned from taking photos of school meals for hit blog

- council banning a school girl from blogging? Let the online campaign commence….

On Thursday, came a post from Martha from titled simply “Goodbye”: “This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my headteacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.

"I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either."

Martha’s father, Dave, added a note of explanation, saying: “Martha’s school have been brilliant and supportive from the beginning and I’d like to thank them all. I contacted Argyll and Bute council when Martha told me what happened at school today and they told me it was their decision to ban Martha’s photography.”

Girl banned from taking photos of school meals for hit blog

- council banning a school girl from blogging? Let the online campaign commence….

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A highlight of Scotland’s cultural Olympiad programme, Speed of Light is part sporting event, part performance art. Thousands of runners wearing special energy-harvesting suits will light up Arthur’s Seat as they make their way up the famous hill, every night for three weeks from 10 August-2 September - as featured in our cultural holiday planner for 2012

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Meanwhile, In Scotland of the Day: Oh. My. God! Tramapoleen! Trambapoleen!

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Seems this video first appeared on Facebook, posted by Conor Guichan in Fife, Scotland - now trending on Twitter as we speak using the #bawbag hashtag and OMG Trampoline. Follow our live blog.

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Photograph: Idil Sukan

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