East Lodge was constructed in the grounds of Castle Grant in Morayshire, once home to former Rangers owner Craig Whyte.
The Earl of Seafield and his family would transfer directly from the train into the lodge before going downstairs to where their carriage would await.
They would then take the short ride to the door of their castle, without having to mingle with other passengers.
The opulent Baronial style train station, known locally as Lady Catherine’s Halt, even has a drum tower and turrets.
It was built in 1863 by the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway Company in thanks to the Earl who allowed them to run the railway line through his estate.
The A-listed building has since undergone significant refurbishment and converted into a unique three-bedroom house on the market for just £335,000.
It was once part of the ground of Castle Grant which hit the headlines in 2014 after being repossessed from former Rangers owner Craig Whyte.
The castle was reportedly bought by Sergey Fedotov, director general of the Russian Author’s Society, for £1m.
The sales particulars for the lodge explain: “The property is situated within the Cairngorms National Park and enjoys lovely open views over the local countryside and beyond.
“It is accessed via a magnificent, tall round-headed ashlar granite archway with shaped wallhead and crenelated bartizans corbelled out each side as well as a coat of arms in the centre.
“The entrance vestibule leads to the hallway, accessed via a leaded glass door. There is a storage cupboard, shower room and a sitting room with turret room.
“The kitchen and dining area are open plan and this has created a relaxing, bright and airy living space with ample space for entertaining guests.”
Kevin Maley of Strutt & Parker, the agent selling East Lodge, said: “Having completed the successful sale of Castle Grant last year, it is good to be now selling this impressive lodge.
“It has a certain grandeur, yet is also a very nice family home without the running costs of a castle.”]]>
A barista attempted to draw a pretty leaf pattern in the foam but the result ended up looking extremely phallic.
Stu Turner and Paula Binney, who paid for the £2.70 coffee at a cafe in Edinburgh, have rudely renamed the drink a “cockuccino”.
Stu, from Glossop, Derbyshire, and Paula, from Salford, Greater Manchester, popped into the Hula Juice Bar and Gallery in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
Stu, 42, ordered a cappuccino but could hardly believe the results of the “latte art”.
“It was very seriously put in front of me and I just sat there for a bit and then I noticed it so I stared at it.
“I thought – is it just me? But Paula said no, she saw it as well.”
The photographer explained: “I drank around the ‘member’. I just sort of avoided it. I didn’t mention it to the staff.
“But I’d definitely go back. I’d like to see what we get next.”
Paula, 40, said: “Stu was just looking down – he had a grin on his face and was pointing out this thing in his coffee.
“I said, ‘Would you like cream with that sir?’”]]>
The single-storey home covers an area the size of two singles tennis courts and experts say they have never seen anything like it.
Sitting in five acres of grounds, and just 16 miles from Edinburgh, it even comes with a separate staff annex.
The luxurious interior includes a shoe rack inspired by the Christian Louboutin boutique in Paris and a dressing room with a “central dressing console”.
The property in Haddington, East Lothian, has been developed by the McMillan family who have previously broken records for the most expensive house and the most expensive flat sold in Scotland.
Anna Gardiner from Savills, the agency selling the property, said: “I’ve never seen anything like this on this price scale.”
She added: “Bungalows have a bit of a bad name, it has modest connotations.
“This is a contradiction.”
Asked if she had ever seen a more expensive bungalow for sale north of the border, she replied: “I can’t think of any others.”
The brochure for the bungalow states: “The dressing room is quite exceptional and has fully fitted, hand crafted furniture including a central dressing console and extensive wardrobe space and shoe racks inspired by the Christian Louboutin boutique in Paris.
“The en suite bathroom is spacious and has a round spa bath, limestone walls and floor, a plasma screen television, double shower cubicle, bidet, WC and two basins with cabinets above and drawers below.
“The master bedroom itself has a French door leading into the garden, a four poster bed, and bespoke, hand crafted, fitted furniture.”
The property also includes a triple garage and stables.
Alan Fraser, an Edinburgh-based investment property agent, described it as “phenomenal”.
He said: “The sellers are due enormous credit for developing the property and the site to a level rarely seen.
“To take a small holding bungalow and have the vision to create such a cutting edge family home is truly impressive.”
Mr Fraser continued: “It really is great to see a property push all the conventional boundaries and when you add the location, equestrian possibilities, annexe and guest accommodation I think you have a home that may break price records.”
The McMillan family includes Mary, who takes the led on the developments, and her husband David, a Edinburgh property dealer and their children Porsche, Mercedes and Velvet.
In 2007 they sold Seton Castle for £5m plus an undisclosed sum for the upmarket contents after having purchased it for £1.3m.
At the time it was the highest price paid for any house in Scotland.
While in 2010 it is believed they also broke the record for the country’s most expensive apartment.
Whittingehame House, also in East Lothian, sold eight months after going on the market for £2.5m. It had been purchased by the the McMillan’s for £832,000 three years earlier.
The flat comprised of the state rooms at the neoclassical mansion built in 1817 for the wealthy Balfour family and had played host to guests included King Edward VII, Winston Churchill.]]>
Scottish Enterprise has partnered with the Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland and Microsoft to equip Glentress Forest with cutting edge the technology that will allow live coverage of the event.
The Enduro event at the Tweedlove Bike Festival attracts 600 riders from around the world.
Moira Forsyth, from Scottish Enterprise, said: “TV White Space technology has the potential to provide a major boost for Scottish tourism.
“Like many rural tourism businesses the majority of mountain biking locations have no or very poor connectivity – whether mobile or internet access.
“This lack of connectivity to stream live events also significantly limits the international viewing opportunities when Scotland hosts global events such as the Enduro World Series, which bring significant income into rural locations.”
Danny Cowe, from The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland, said: “We’re acutely aware that the visitor experience can be negatively impacted by poor connectivity – shutting down their ability to share their experience on social platforms.
“Beyond this they cannot use smart phones or other mobile devices in order to view or look and book with local businesses – for example local restaurants.
“We can see how this clever new technology could hugely improve both the spectator experience and improve their time at centres such as Glentress.”]]>
Derek Klingenberg sends his drone 140ft into the air to record his black Angus herd forming smiley faces, love hearts and even mathematical symbols.
The 36-year-old from Kansas in the United States uploads his videos online, and they have already had almost a million hits.
Derek uses his tractor to place feed in carefully determined points around a field. The cows rush to get their food and create shapes which are clearly visible from the air.
His first creation was back in January this year, when he decided to see if he could make his cows form a smiley face.
An eight-minute video shows the cows following his food truck into a field, and gathering around the areas he places the hay.
He begins with two circles for eyes, and then creates a wide arc to establish a mouth.
As the animals move around, Derek can be heard shouting “We’ve got a big fat lip over here” and “Oh there’s more on the eye”.
After the success of the first attempt, the father-of-three decided to create a love heart for Valentines Day – and captured it on camera again.
He plays Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ over the video, which also shows two of his daughters riding in the tractor and waving at the cows.
On March 14 – also known as National Pi Day – Derek took it upon himself to celebrate the mathematical symbol by once again making his cows form the shape.
A drone flyover shows the dark animals standing in perfectly straight lines – which Derek says are “easier” for them to stick to.
Derek, who farms near Peabody, Marion County, said: “I needed a reason to buy a drone, and so decided I would use one to make some cow art.
“I just thought it would be fun – I can’t believe anyone actually watches my stuff.
“The drone did get stuck one time – it’s currently being repaired because it crash landed.
“The grass is coming through now so I’ll wait until next winter when the cows will need extra feed again. I’ve been given some ideas for my next one but I haven’t decided what it will be yet.
“My wife thinks I’m crazy – like most people probably do.”
He was first made famous last year when a video of him playing the trombone to his cows went viral, and racked up over nine million views.
The clip shows Derek sat on a chair in the middle of an empty field. As he begins to play the trombone, hundreds of cows suddenly appear on the horizon and flock around him.]]>
The survey, carried out by Scotland’s largest teaching union the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), puts the average working week of a teacher at 46.5 hours.
This means that Scotland’s teachers are working an extra 33% of weekly hours on top of their contractual 35 hour week.
More than 3500 teachers across Scotland took part and recorded their working hours for the EIS workload survey.
Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, “The results of the EIS Fortnight Focus on Workload make for some worrying reading.
“Some teachers are working well above 50 hours a week, with potentially serious implications for their health due to the risk of stress and stress-related illness.
“It is clear that the current situation is unsustainable, and that urgent steps must be taken by the Scottish Government, local authorities and national education bodies to reduce the crippling workload burden that is being placed on Scotland’s teachers.”]]>
The lorry, which carries slurry from septic tanks, had stopped to refuel at a service station across the road when the driver got out to pay.
The tanker rolled out of the garage, across the road, and crushed the family picnic table before crashing into the front wall of Eilidh Robb’s home.
The 28-year-old from Tore in the Black Isle, said her three children, Harry, 18 months, Max, three and Ella, seven, could have been killed.
Thankfully, she had just taken her children to school when the accident happened on Monday morning.
Eilidh, who shares the homes with partner Gary Murray, said the front wall was cracked by the impact.
She said: “I was in complete shock when I got the call, and when I saw what had happened I was hysterical.
“By the time I got home the driver had reversed the lorry back but it wasn’t moving very easily.
“He was shaking like a leaf.”
She added: “It could have been a lot worse – I don’t like to think about what could have happened.
“My children are always running in and out of the house all the time, especially when we are getting ready to go out. They could have easily been hit.”
The lorry was operated by Ayrshire-based firm Billy Bowie.
Eilidh claims she has not yet received an apology or explanation from the company, which provides tanker services and waste disposal contractors.
A police spokesman said: “The heavy goods vehicle crossed the road before going through a garden fence and colliding with the building. Police were in attendance and there were no injuries.
“The lorry driver was outwith the vehicle at the time. Inquiries are ongoing.”]]>
Languages teacher Jeremy Morris took the French A level exam alongside his Fettes College students last year as an experiment.
The £30,180 a year elite school in Edinburgh boasts that 45% of its students achieved A* or A grades in 2014, but Mr Morris did not make the cut.
In an essay question on two works of literature he has taught for decades he received a mark of just 64% – the bare minimum for a B grade.
Although his overall grade for the paper was dragged up to an A by other questions, Mr Morris was quick to hit out at the exam system as he felt he should have achieved an A*.
He said: “I’ve been teaching this for over 30 years. If I can’t get it right, how can a 17-year-old?”
He added: “The mark I achieved was just one point better than ‘adequate understanding; some evidence of reading and research’.
“Evidently I am a beta minus man and lucky to still have a job”
But Mr Morris said that he was not surprised by his grade, as he had been “anticipating some fairly arbitrary marking”.
The news comes as the Scottish exam system is under fire after students complained that this year’s higher maths paper was “impossible”.
More than 14,000 people have now signed two petitions, urging the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to consider the difficulty of the exam in marking students’ papers.
Mr Morris also suggested that “harsh” and “unfair” marking in languages papers was to blame for a decline in the number of students choosing to study the subject.
He said: “The perceived reluctance to award the top grades which so many universities require is a factor which prompts our ablest pupils to opt for subjects with more predictably successful outcomes.”
He added that the marking schemes were also causing schools to steer clear of teaching languages, because they were “not producing grades that look good in the statistics”.
Mr Morris, a former head of languages, confirmed that he had not been sacked for his low marks, but was in fact applying to become an A-level examiner.
He said: “I hope I’d be reasonably competent and give a kid a fairer deal than I got.”]]>
Arran Brewery will transform the Bower Bar in Kilbirnie into a family-oriented venue which will sell specialty beers.
The building and beer garden will be called the Weavers in honour of the town’s historic weaving tradition.
Managing Director Gerald Michaluk said “It is very good to have the support of the community council in this venture. Refurbishment will start soon and we hope to have the beer flowing quite quickly.
The pub will have a nano-brewery inside that will make speciality beers to be served exclusively in the Weavers along with a menu reflecting the region’s best produce and those of Arran of course”.
This will be Arran Brewery’s second pub – the first being opened in St Fillans as part of a hotel.
The brewery also received a license for a proposed bottling facility and mail order business in Dreghorn, not far from Kilbirnie.
The Dreghorn brewery will, subject to a grant application, produce Scotland’s first Sake.
The brewery also recently purchased another brewery in Cambridgeshire and hopes to use this as a staging post for its move into the London Market later in the year.]]>