Scottish newspapers online give Scots (no matter what part of the world they live in) instant access to the latest news, sports coverage, political and business information, events and so much more...... and it's delivered right to their fingertips, literally!
Of course, you don't have to be Scottish either - anyone can enjoy online Scottish newspapers. They're a great way to get a taste of what's important to the people of Scotland, and to learn about what's happening in that part of the world.
The national Scottish daily newspapers generally cover all the happenings in Scotland, and around the UK, some also carry international news and current events.
Scottish local newspapers are community-oriented and are the perfect place to find local news, sports, events, celebrations, advertisements and just about everything else you need or want.
Did you know that British are newspaper enthusiasts? Research has shown that over 69% of people in the UK (which includes England, Scotland and Wales) read a national newspaper - and around 80% read a local, or regional one - on a regular basis.
Of course, it's not just the British that enjoy newspapers. It's estimated that around one BILLION people around the world read a newspaper every single day. That's a lot of people!
The Changing Face Of Newspapers
While print media has been used to spread news and information for centuries - the first newspaper (produced by the Romans) appeared around 59BC - it's had to adapt to many changes and new technologies over the years.
Radio in the 1920's, television in the 1940's, and more recently the internet in the 1990's have all caused newspapers to re-evaluate themselves. Today, most major newspapers have websites and many smaller, regional papers are following their lead.
Scotland is no different, and Scottish newspapers with online 'portals' and editions are growing in numbers. After all, it's the quickest, easiest and most comfortable way to get your daily dose of Scottish news and events..... and there's no messy black newsprint or reams of unwieldy (and unruly) paper to deal with.
Popular Scottish Newspapers Online
I've put together a list of some of the most popular, and widely read, daily Scottish newspapers online. They're all 'quality' papers and contain tons of national and regional news.
Note: Where you see the terms 'Broadsheet' and 'Tabloid or Compact'. This refers to the size of the PRINTED newspaper and is there just for your information. Broadsheet is the larger format, usually a minimum of 22 inches long. Tabloid/compact is the smaller version, popular in the UK, and measuring around 14 to 17 inches long.
This has no relevance when you're looking at Scottish newspapers online!
A regional daily newspaper based in Dundee. Broadsheet. Founded in 1801. Owned by DC Thomson Media Group. Covers central and eastern Scotland. Carries national, international and local news. 2008 figures show circulation of around daily circulation of around 80,000.
Website - www.thecourier.co.uk
A national daily newspaper based in Glasgow. Broadsheet. A 'best-seller'. Founded in 1783. Owned by Newsquest Media Group. Contains local news, sports, business, jobs, and community events. Figures show a circulation of 71,000.
A great digital version is available online, allowing you to read The Herald (and the Sunday Herald) anytime, anywhere!
Website - www.heraldscotland.com/news/
The Press and Journal
A regional daily newspaper covering the Scottish cities of Aberdeen (where Head Office is located) and Inverness. Broadsheet. Began life as the Aberdeen Journal in 1748, making it Scotlands' oldest newspaper. Owned by DC Thomson Media Group. Has a fairly 'regional perspective' with a greater emphasis on local, rather than national, news and events. Figures show a circulation of approximately 83,000 making it one of the most-read regionals.
Website - www.pressandjournal.co.uk
The Daily Record
A national daily newspaper based in Glasgow. Another 'best seller'. Tabloid or 'compact' format. Scottish news, sport (lots of Scottish football!) and celebrity gossip. Owned by Trinity Mirror. Tends to be pro-Labor Party and anti-Scottish Independence. Figures show a circulation of over 308,000.
Website - www.dailyrecord.co.uk
A national daily newspaper based in Edinburgh. Often seen as a 'quality' newspaper. Tabloid/compact. Founded 1817. Owned by Johnston Press. Provides full coverage of Scottish, British and international news, plus business, politics, sport and other popular features. Figures show a circulation of around 45,080. Interactive internet 'portal'.
Website - www.scotsman.com
If you're looking for one of the weekly Scottish newspapers online, here are a few of the most popular Sunday papers.
The Sunday Post
A national Sunday newspaper based in Dundee. Tabloid/compact format. Founded in 1914. Owned by DC Thomson Media Group. Family oriented paper with an interesting mix of Scottish news, stories, sport and features. The home of the popular Scottish cartoon strips 'Oor Wullie' (Our Willie) and 'The Broons' (The Browns). Their website features an online edition of the newspaper exactly as it appears in print.
Website - www.thesundaypost.co.uk
Scotland on Sunday
Another national Sunday newspaper associated with the Scotsman. Contains Scottish news, sports, business news, features and more. Plus British and international news/events.
Website - http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com
There are a host of regional and local Scottish Newspapers available online. An online search for the area you're interested should turn up at least one!
Scottish Magazines Online
And finally, there aren't just Scottish newspapers online, there are also a couple of great Scottish magazines who have websites that you can visit. Check these ones out....
The Scots Magazine
A monthly magazine, popular with Scots at home and around the world. First published in 1739. Owned by DC Thomson Media Group. Contains historical articles, promotes traditional Scottish culture/activities, and features short-stories - all enhanced by beautiful photographs.
Website - www.scotsmagazine.com
The Scottish Banner
A monthly magazine catering to Scots across the world, or anyone else interested in Scottish culture and events. Available in two editions - one for the US and Canadian community, and one for the Australian and New Zealand community.
Covers Scottish current affairs, event listings, history/heritage and genealogy information. Plus details of Scottish clubs and societies, piping, recipes and more.
Website - www.scottishbanner.com
We hope you enjoyed checking out all these online Scottish newspapers - there's certainly enough reading material there to keep you busy for a while.