Thousands arrive for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Frightened Rabbit Scott and Grant Hutchison of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit said Belladrum was among their favourite events

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Thousands of people are attending the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival near Beauly.

Held in the grounds of a Highland estate, the event near Inverness sold out five months before it was to take place.

The cancellation of this year's RockNess also left it as the biggest music event in the Highlands,

Friday's headliners included Scots band Frightened Rabbit and Sir Tom Jones.

Belladrum, which is being held for the 11th year, prides itself in being a family event and hundreds of children were among the revellers.

The day's festivities started in warm, still weather, but there were heavy rain showers by teatime.

Regular act

Brothers Scott and Grant Hutchison of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit said Belladrum was among their favourite events.

The band has been a festival regular for several years.

Grant said: "The first time we were here was great. I remember it was the first really good festival show we had played to. The crowd was singing our songs back to us."

The brothers from Selkirk base themselves in Glasgow with the rest of the band.

However, the band has in the past hired a house near Kingussie - a village down the A9 from Inverness - to write material.

Scott said: "It was good to be somewhere remote, away from distractions and only making the occasional visit to the local pub."

Double decker

The brothers themselves are no strangers to the Highlands as their parents have links to Wick and the family would make visits to Caithness.

Sitting at the front of the top deck in Belladrum's converted double decker bus, the duo gave some final thoughts on the festival.

Grant said: "It has a good mixture of local, national and international music. Walking around the site it feels very familiar, in a good way."

Scott added: "It is a festival that we are able to have wander around and soak up the atmosphere."

The festival finishes on Saturday night.

Belladrum will be shown live on BBC Alba at 21:00 on Friday and Saturday.

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    A campaign is being launched across the UK today by the Department for Work and Pensions focussing on benefit fraud and the penalties attached to it.

    Job centre logo

    In Scotland, the initiative concentrates on Edinburgh, West Dunbartonshire and Fife and warns claimants that not updating changes in circumstances may tip them into making fraudulent claims.

    But while the UK Government is pushing the message that new systems for gathering data help them identify false claims, critics say that it is the inefficiencies of the system which ought to be targeted, rather than claimants.

     
  70.  
    09:19: Taking to the slopes

    A new ski resort is expected to open in southern Scotland within weeks.

    The Lowther Hills Ski Club has applied for planning permission to build a clubhouse and a 600m rope tow on the slope near Wanlockhead.

    Lowther Hills in winter

    It is hoping to attract snowsports enthusiasts from across Scotland and the north of England to the village in Dumfries and Galloway.

    It is part of a wider plan to market the area as a year-round sports resort.

     
  71.  
    09:11: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Hi Kawser here. Heavy rain now clearing north east. Sunny spells and squally showers today, with hail and thunder. Winds still very strong with warnings.

     
  72.  
    09:00: Paralysed man walks again John Beattie BBC Scotland

    Wouldn't it be great if this was the first step to a permanent repair? - Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant.

    A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

    Paralysed man walking

    BBC One's Panorama programme had unique access to the project and spent a year charting the patient's rehabilitation.

    You can watch Panorama's To Walk Again this evening at 22:35 on BBC One.

     
  73.  
    08:54: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Orkney Ferries - no sailings Stromness and North Hoy, and North Hoy and Graemsay, bad weather.

    Banchory B974 closed by overturned car btwn A93 High St/ B976. A car is on its side about 1/2 mile prior to Strachan. No delays reported.

    It is taking approximately 24mins to get to Charing Cross on westbound GW M8 from about junction 10.

     
  74.  
    08:52: Weather update James Cook Scotland Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Bridge restrictions. Some trees down. Ferry disruption. All fairly standard for an autumn gale in Scotland so far:

    ex-Hurrican Gonzalo
     
  75.  
    08:51: Pedal power

    Edinburgh hopes to move a step closer to hosting a stage of the Tour de France, if funding for other cycling events is approved.

    Councillors will meet later to discuss bringing the Tour of Britain and the Pearl Izumi Tour Series to the city.

    tour de france

    They hope it could pave the way to being part of the world's most famous bike race after they narrowly lost out to Yorkshire as the hosts of the Grand-Depart this year.

     
  76.  
    08:47: Tune in Louise White Presenter, Morning Call

    The number of verbal and physical assaults on school staff has risen in nearly half of Scottish council areas, according to statistics. Is a zero tolerance approach the best way to deal with abusive pupils?

    Louise White

    And motorists are facing a major crackdown by police, who will target bad drivers as they focus on roadside re-education. Do you think a warning can stop bad driving?

    The lines are open now, 0500 92 95 00 or text 80295.

    You can listen live here.

     
  77.  
    08:39: After the big vote... Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    The majority of people in Motherwell who voted in last month's referendum supported an independent Scotland. A month after the vote that rejected independence, what is the feeling on the streets of the North Lanarkshire town?

    Peter Ross joined the SNP following the referendum result
     
  78.  
    08:36: High winds 'biggest issue'

    As strong winds hit Scotland as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country, Transport Minister Keith Brown has been speaking on Good Morning Scotland about the weather concerns.

    Transport Minister Keith Brown

    "We have some localised issues - for example, fallen trees on some roads," he said. "We have some flooding and some disruption to ferry services, because of the high winds which seems to be the biggest issue just now."

    Mr Brown also advised people using Scotland's transport network today to "give themselves more time".

    "Giving yourself that additional time means you get to your destination safely and on time," he added.

    "For some parts of Scotland, the weather will particularly become more pronounced through the evening hours. The same advice is true."

     
  79.  
    08:25: Back-page headlines

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist is optimistic about funding talks between former Ibrox director Dave King and the current board, report The Herald and The Scotsman.

    On-loan Celtic striker Teemu Pukki says he is tempted to stay at Brondby beyond the January transfer window.

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist

    And Sir Alex Ferguson has led the tributes to Glenn Gibbons, the former chief football writer of The Scotsman, who has died aged 69.

    Read the rest of the headlines making the back pages here.

     
  80.  
    08:21: Living with a smoker

    Non-smokers who live with a smoker are exposed to three times the officially recommended safe levels of damaging air particles, according to a study.

    The researchers found that living with smokers is the same as living in smoke-free homes in heavily polluted cities such as Beijing or London.

    A man smoking

    They said moving to smoke-free homes could have major health benefits for non-smokers.

    The study, published online in the BMJ's Tobacco Control journal, was carried out by researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

     
  81.  
    08:15: Wet weather BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    The worst of the wet weather is across the north east at the moment and it will continue to clear away eastwards and be replaced by showers throughout the day.

    We are looking at some snow over the hills, the Highlands and Grampian. There will be a few wintry showers over the highest road routes, but nothing will settle.

    Man with umbrella

    It will stay cold throughout the day - highs of eight or nine degrees, falling to four or five in the showers. It is the winds that are of concern throughout the day. A Met Office Yellow 'Be Aware' warning is in force - gusts of 60 to 70mph across the west, up to 80mph for Orkney, 50-55mph across the central belt.

    Those strong winds will transfer to the north east through the day.

     
  82.  
    08:10: Today's papers

    The Scottish Sun and the Daily Record lead with an alleged assault on Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska.

    Front pages 21 October

    Meanwhile, The Scotsman looks at statistics which it says shows an increase in the number of assaults on teachers.

    Read the rest of our newspaper review here.

     
  83.  
    08:03: Travel disruption BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Blustery, but we're managing! Main problem around many roads from Inverness to Borders are leaves and falling branches around wooded areas. Cal Mac services Arran 08:20 from Brodick & 09:45 from Ardrossan have been cancelled.

     
  84.  
    08:01: Weather sparks travel warning

    Winds up to 75mph are expected to hit Scotland as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo pass over the country.

    The west coast is predicted to be worst affected, with heavy rain also forecast throughout today.

    High waves at Ardrossan

    The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning of wind throughout Scotland.

    The A87 Skye Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles, as has the A90 Forth Road Bridge and there has also been disruption to some ferry services.

    Traffic Scotland has warned of difficult driving conditions and the potential for some disruption on the roads.

    There are reports of fallen trees and other debris on the roads, but police say all major routes are open.

    The strongest gust so far has been 64mph recorded on the Forth Road Bridge shortly after 06:00.

     
  85.  
    08:00: Welcome Thomas McGuigan BBC Scotland News

    Good warming and a very warm welcome from the Scotland Live team as we bring you a comprehensive round-up of the latest news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.

     

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