Scotland

Day 38 of the Queen's Baton Relay in Scotland ...Handout photo from Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay of Batonbearer 010 Nina Saunders carrying the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton on a zip wire from Finnieston Crane in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 21, 2014. The batonbearer's name has been provided in good faith, however it has not been independently verified. Photo credit should read: David Cheskin for Glasgow 2014/PA Wire

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Queen’s Baton Relay, The Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton is carried on a zip wire from Finnieston Crane in Glasgow Read more

Robert The Bruce's army from The Clanranald Trust during a rehearsal for the Battle of Bannockburn re-enactment performance which will be staged at the Bannockburn Live Event in Bannockburn, the 700th anniversary of the battle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 27, 2014.

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Robert The Bruce’s army from The Clanranald Trust during a rehearsal for the Battle of Bannockburn re-enactment performance which will be staged at the Bannockburn Live Event in Bannockburn, the 700th anniversary of the battle

Battle of Bannockburn's 700th anniversary celebrations...Commemorating the thousands of men that lost their lives at the Battle of Bannockburn , a lone piper, Craig Muirhead, Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, plays  a lament at the Robert the Bruce statue. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 24, 2014.  Members of the public and invited guests took part in a torchlight procession to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  The rotunda and statue of the victorious Robert the Bruce were lit up as the group approached holding lanterns to guide them.  See PA story SCOTLAND Bannockburn. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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Remembering the thousands of men who lost their lives at the Battle of Bannockburn, Craig Muirhead, Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, plays a lament at the Robert the Bruce statue. People took part in a torchlight procession to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The rotunda and statue of the victorious Robert the Bruce were lit up as the group approached, holding lanterns to guide them. Read more

Swimming - 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships - Day One - Tollcross International Swimming Centre...Michael Jamieson competes in the Mens Open 200m Breaststroke heat 5 during the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.

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Michael Jamieson competes in the men’s open 200m breaststroke heats during the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships at Tollcross, Glasgow.

A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their  official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes. They are constructed of structural steel with a stainless steel outer skin, they pay homage to the tradition of working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland's canals.  They stand at the entrance to the North Sea at the Forth and Clyde canal.

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A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.

Edinburgh bakery Cuckoo’s launch their own referendum opinion poll survey, where you can buy your Yes, No or Undecided cupcake and the weekly results will be published on the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter sites

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Edinburgh bakery Cuckoo’s launches a referendum opinion poll where customers can buy their Yes, No or Undecided cupcake and the weekly results will be published on the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter sites

Satirical artist Kaya Mar carries one of his paintings depicting Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond with a petrol pump through Westminster, whilst both Prime Minister David Cameron's and Mr Salmond's held cabinet were holding separate meetings in Aberdeen.

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Satirical artist Kaya Mar carries one of his paintings depicting Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, through Westminster. Separate meetings of the London and Edinburgh cabinets will take place on Monday in Aberdeen

George Osborne on Scottish independence ...Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne talks to Harry Bryden during a visit to Haas-Tek, an export-driven business in Lockerbie, Scotland that specialises in the relocation and installation of industrial machinery and equipment. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2014. Earlier today Osborne declared in a speech that he would not sign up to a currency union with an independent Scotland, saying such a deal would "not work" and was "not going to happen". See PA story POLITICS Independence.

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George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, talks to Harry Bryden during a visit to Haas-Tek, an export-driven business in Lockerbie, Scotland, that specialises in the relocation and installation of industrial machinery and equipment. Earlier on Thursday, Osborne said in a speech that he would not sign up to a currency union with an independent Scotland, saying such a deal would ‘not work’ and was ‘not going to happen’ Read more

Locals dressed as Vikings  march through the streets of Lerwick on January 28, 2014, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as 'Up Helly Aa'. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.

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Locals dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick onTuesday, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as Up Helly Aa. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1,000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.

Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairgorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions.

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Eve Grayson, a Cairngorm reindeer herder, feeds the deer on Monday in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi.