Coetzer helps steer Scotland past Oman and into Super 12 stage at T20 World Cup

Oman 122; Scotland 123-2 off 17 overs Josh Davey takes 3-25, Kyle Coetzer scores 41 off 28 balls Scotland sealed their spot in the next stage of the T20 World Cup on a momentous night for Kyle Coetzer’s side as they beat tournament co-hosts Oman by eight wickets to finish top of their group. Despite […]

Scotland stun Bangladesh to make dream start to T20 World Cup

Greaves stars with bat and ball in six-run victory Hosts Oman begin by beating Papua New Guinea Chris Greaves was the hero as Scotland got their T20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start with a six-run victory over highly fancied Bangladesh in Muscat. The 31-year-old all-rounder, in only his second T20 international, top-scored […]

Covid bubble rules scuppered our holiday, but we still had to pay £190

We had to delay our Scottish get-together, then the property was withdrawn, but Unique Cottages kept the booking fee Eighteen months ago, before Covid struck, I booked a large house in Scotland for a summer holiday for 17 friends and family. For obvious reasons it had to be postponed until this July. Unique Cottages, the […]

Lyndon Dykes takes Scotland closer to play-offs with winner against Faroes

One down, one to go. That bare statistic, meaning that a Scotland win in Moldova next month will take them to the World Cup play-offs, belies the epic struggles Steve Clarke’s team encountered against the Faroe Islands. Scotland toiled to such an extent that the euphoric celebration that greeted the crucial weekend win over Israel […]

Scott McTominay’s late strike caps Scotland’s thrilling win over Israel

So much for tight, grim affairs between Scotland and Israel. A seventh meeting in three years broke the mould of anything that had come before. This was a breathless encounter, a game for the ages, as befitting the long-awaited return of a capacity crowd to this stadium. The final act was the defining one. Scott […]

Queen calls on Scottish parliament to tackle climate change

Monarch urges MSPs to build ‘fairer and greener future’ as she opens parliament ahead of Cop26 The Queen has urged Scotland’s MSPs to tackle climate change and “help create a better, healthier future” in a speech ahead of the Cop26 climate conference. The Queen also reflected on the “deep and abiding affection” and happy memories […]

UK weather: flood risk as heavy rain hits parts of England and Scotland

Met Office says strong winds could also cause delays to transport and a short loss of power Heavy rain and up to 60mph winds will hit parts of England and Scotland and could cause flooding, travel disruption and power outages on Saturday. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the east and south […]

Massive moons, lengthy canals and a very optimistic Neville – take the Thursday quiz

Fourteen questions on general knowledge and topical trivia plus a few jokes every Thursday – how will you fare? The quiz master remains away, but early this morning a troupe of highly trained carrier pigeons delivered 14 questions from a secret location in Scotland to the Guardian’s offices. Can you face the fiendish combination of […]

Planting a vision: why the secret to rewilding success is about people, not trees

How do you persuade farmers and the local community to join one of Scotland’s biggest land restoration projects? Call in a psychologist A hunter, conservationist and psychologist are working on a rewilding project. It sounds like the start of a joke, though the antics of this unlikely trio have not ended in a punchline but […]

Reintroducing wolves to UK could hit rewilding support, expert says

Head of Scotland’s natural heritage body says there is too much focus on reintroducing apex predators Demands to reintroduce predators such as wolves and bears could significantly damage public support for rewilding the British countryside, a senior conservationist has said. Francesca Osowska, chief executive of NatureScot, a government conservation agency, said rewilding could only succeed […]

The Guardian view on Labour’s voting plans: empower an electorate | Editorial

Sir Keir Starmer ought to be in the business of dispersing power by pushing for more democracy, not less In Britain, there has been a modern trend to make democracy more democratic. The devolved legislatures set up in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales use proportional electoral systems to reflect their distinctive politics. In England and […]

Scottish Covid vaccine trialists ‘treated like second-class citizens’

Novavax volunteers fear start of vaccine passports next month could put them at further disadvantage Scottish vaccine volunteers are being treated like “second-class citizens” while waiting for the Novavax jab to be approved, an MSP has said, as they continue a months-long fight to have their vaccines recognised on the standard NHS Scotland database. The […]

Scientists investigate hundreds of guillemot deaths on UK coastline

Seabird carcasses discovered along Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Scottish shores, with many more found emaciated Several hundred seabirds have been found dead along the coasts of north-east England and Scotland, while many have been discovered emaciated. The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), which is investigating the cause of the deaths, said the majority […]

Covid live news: Scotland follows England in terminating traffic light travel system

Scotland will not change testing rules; French president says close to 90% of people in country of 67 million have had at least one vaccine dose; UK reports 178 Covid-linked deaths New Zealand extends Australia travel bubble pause as cases drop to 11 Experts divided over Covid booster shots days ahead of US rollout Long […]

UK teachers and parents: how is the autumn school term going so far?

We would like to know how teachers and parents in the UK feel about the autumn term after returning to the classroom We would like to hear from teachers and parents across the UK about how the autumn school term is going so far after pupils returned to the classroom in recent weeks. Schools in […]

Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds

As Cop26 meeting approaches, analysis shows world is on track for 3C temperature increase if present trends continue Every one of the world’s leading economies, including all the countries that make up the G20, is failing to meet commitments made in the landmark Paris agreement in order to stave off climate catastrophe, a damning new […]

The Guardian view on the SNP: deliver on public services, not just a referendum | Editorial

It may be too difficult for the Scottish government to enact big bang reforms while pursuing an independence vote Since 2007, the Scottish National party has been the largest party in Holyrood, dominating politics to become a credible party of government. It has now begun its fourth term in power. Yet the SNP has had […]

Chelsea vow to take action over alleged sectarian abuse of John McGinn

Video appears to show fan directing abuse at Aston Villa player Chelsea ‘working to identify person’ and appeal for information Chelsea have pledged to take the “strongest possible action” after a video circulated on social media of a spectator allegedly using “abusive language of a sectarian nature” towards Aston Villa’s John McGinn. The club have […]

Scottish watchdog looks into Russian donation to Prince Charles charity

Prince’s Foundation ethics committee rejected £100,000 from Dmitry Leus, a banker who had faced money-laundering claims Scotland’s charity regulator has announced an investigation following claims that a six-figure sum from a wealthy Russian donor was accepted by Prince Charles’s charitable foundation before being rejected by its ethics committee. The prince wrote a letter thanking businessman […]

Nicola Sturgeon urges SNP to resist Brexit arguments against independence

Scottish first minister warns that Westminster will use EU exit fallout as reason it is unworkable Westminster will use the damage inflicted by Brexit to argue that Scottish independence is unworkable, Nicola Sturgeon has said, calling on her party activists to “resist [this] with all we’ve got”. In her address to delegates on the final […]

UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva

Government serves notice to terminate contract over allegations of a ‘breach of obligations’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK government is to pull out of a deal with the French pharmaceutical company Valneva to buy its Covid-19 vaccination, the company has said. The move will come as a blow to […]

The Last Night of the Proms review – musically much to enjoy

Royal Albert Hall, LondonBusiness was nearly back to usual for a high-spirited final Prom with lively soloists Stuart Skelton and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova; while it was the impact of Brexit rather than Covid that was a focus of protest The Last Night of this year’s Proms marked a return to something akin to its usual […]

Scottish campaigners condemn Cop26 as ‘the most exclusionary ever’

Activists say almost 2,000 people on waiting list for place to stay owing to lack of affordable accommodation Scotland-based climate campaigners have condemned “the most exclusionary Cop ever”, as they reveal a waiting list of nearly 2,000 delegates and activists who were still seeking affordable accommodation for November’s summit in Glasgow. The Cop26 Homestay Network, […]

Lyndon Dykes penalty earns Scotland priceless away victory over Austria

The perfect night for Scotland. Tense, exhausting yet perfect. Victorious in Vienna thanks to Lyndon Dykes’ second winning goal in two games, Steve Clarke’s side seized control of their own destiny in Group F with a memorable triumph over Austria. Israel’s resounding defeat away to runaway leaders Denmark provided the gloss. Scotland defended superbly throughout, […]

Nicola Sturgeon starts work on a new push for Scottish independence

First minister unveils legislative programme including referendum and policies agreed with Greens Nicola Sturgeon has told civil servants to start making a new case for independence, which offers people “an informed choice on Scotland’s future” in the Scottish government’s first legislative programme since last month’s cooperation deal with the Scottish Greens. Bills to set up […]

Lyndon Dykes taps in to give Scotland narrow win over Moldova

Scotland will face Austria on Tuesday with hope and belief renewed. A slender yet thoroughly deserved and essential victory over Moldova ensured World Cup qualification remains a possibility for Steve Clarke’s side, though it would help their prospects and their nerves should they finally discover a clinical touch in front of goal. Lyndon Dykes’ first […]

The big coronavirus questions as a new school term begins

With ministers promising a return to normal in classrooms, it’s a tough time to be a teacher – but with new information constantly emerging on vaccines for children, and the pandemic not yet over, it’s a tough time for parents and pupils too. Jules White and Nicola Davis have done their homework For most people, […]

No deviation: pair hike Cairngorms in straight line

Adventurers – inspired by YouTube ‘straight-line missions’ – trek longest direct route in UK without crossing paved road Calum Maclean and Jenny Graham had grown tired of several daylong hikes across Alpine ridges, and were in search of genuine novelty. They were surprised to find it a little closer to home: a trek across the […]

Glasgow records hottest summer in run-up to Cop26 climate summit

South of UK was duller and wetter than usual, while extreme weather hit hard across the world Glasgow, the host city of the crucial Cop26 UN climate summit in November, has experienced its hottest summer on record, the Met Office has said. Scotland also recorded the highest UK temperature in August – 27.2C (80.9F) recorded […]