List of newspapers in Scotland

This is a list of newspapers in Scotland.

Daily newspapers

TitleMarket typePrintLocationFormatScottish circulation
Scottish circulation
Scottish circulation
Foundation date
The HeraldScottish – QualityMorningScottishBroadsheet25,86928,87232,1411783    
The ScotsmanScottish – QualityMorningScottishCompact19,79219,44922,7401817    
The NationalScottish - TabloidMorningScottishCompact9,7468,49612,1242014    
Daily RecordScottish – PopularMorningScottishTabloid1895    
The Press and JournalRegionalMorningScottishCompact48,20851,88056,4221747    
The CourierRegionalMorningScottishCompact35,81339,32443,0311801    
Greenock TelegraphLocalMorningScottishTabloid8,9599,55510,5111857    
Paisley Daily ExpressLocalMorningScottishTabloid4,5084,8005,1091874    
Evening ExpressLocal - AberdeenEveningScottishTabloid22,73625,74428,8021879    
Evening TimesLocal - GlasgowEveningScottishTabloid20,87423,69627,7331876    
Edinburgh Evening NewsLocalEveningScottishTabloid16,66018,36221,8031873    
Evening TelegraphLocal - DundeeEveningScottishTabloid13,32114,97116,8551877    
The Times (Scottish edition)UK – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperCompact1785    
The Daily Telegraph (Scottish edition)UK – QualityMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperBroadsheet1855    
iUK – QualityMorningUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandCompact2010    
The GuardianUK – QualityMorningUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid1821    
The Financial TimesUK – QualityMorningUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandBroadsheet1888    
Scottish Daily MailUK – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1896  
Scottish Daily ExpressUK – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1900    
The Scottish SunUK – PopularMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1964    
Daily Star of ScotlandUK – PopularMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1978    
Scottish Daily MirrorUK – PopularMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1903  
Metro, Scottish EditionUK – FreeMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1999    
The Morning StarUK – Mid MarketMorningScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid1930    

Traditionally newspapers could be divided into 'quality', serious-minded newspapers (usually referred to as 'broadsheets' due to their large size) and 'tabloids', or less serious newspapers. But these definitions no longer apply, as several 'quality' papers in Scotland have followed the lead of The Independent, by adopting a tabloid format (which some prefer to refer to as 'compact' to avoid being associated with their more downmarket peers). In Scotland two broadsheet newspapers have made the switch to 'compact' format. The Scotsman did so in August 2004, and the Sunday Herald followed in November 2005.

In addition to newspapers published in Scotland, including Scottish editions of United Kingdom newspapers, a number of local newspapers published in other parts of the British Isles are widely available.

Sunday newspapers

TitleMarket typeLocationFormatScottish circulation
Scotland on SundayScottish – QualityScottishBroadsheet16,289    
The Sunday PostScottish – Mid MarketScottishTabloid123,393    
Sunday MailScottish – PopularScottishTabloid140,743    
Sunday NationalMid Market (pro-independence)ScottishBroadsheet
The Sunday Times ScotlandUK – QualityScottish edition of UK newspaperBroadsheet46,593    
The ObserverUK – QualityUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid11,772    
The Sunday Telegraph ScotlandUK – QualityScottish edition of UK newspaperBroadsheet11,234    
Mail on Sunday ScotlandUK – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid63,290    
Scottish Sunday ExpressUK – Mid MarketScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid21,661    
Sun on SundayUK – PopularUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid142,272    
Daily Star SundayUK – PopularUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid19,299    
Scottish Sunday MirrorUK – PopularScottish edition of UK newspaperTabloid7,523    
The PeopleUK – PopularUK newspaper widely available in ScotlandTabloid4,656    

Local weekly newspapers




Argyll and Bute


  • Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser

Dumfries and Galloway


East Ayrshire

East Dunbartonshire

East Lothian

  • East Lothian Courier

East Renfrewshire

  • Barrhead News


  • Queensferry Gazette


  • Bo'ness Journal
  • Falkirk Herald - the largest local weekly newspaper in Scotland in terms of circulation and readership


  • Central Fife Times and Advertiser – weekly tabloid newspaper and classified advertiser in the Cowdenbeath, Kelty and Lochgelly area
  • Dunfermline Press – weekly tabloid newspaper for West Fife
  • East Fife Mail – tabloid weekly sister paper of Fife Free Press for the Levenmouth area
  • Fife & Kinross Extra
  • Fife Free Press – weekly tabloid newspaper for the Kirkcaldy area
  • Fife Herald
  • Glenrothes Gazette (Leslie and Markinch News) – tabloid sister weekly paper of Fife Free Press
  • St Andrews Citizen


  • Glasgow Courant
  • Glasgow Journal
  • The Digger – scandal sheet with stories of minor trials and arrests and gossip about local gangs
  • Glasgow South & Eastwood Extra
  • Glasgow Eyes – a picture news magazine featuring street/reportage photography/news/music and showbiz




  • Lothian and Peebles Times
  • Midlothian Advertiser


  • Banffshire Advertiser
  • Forres Gazette
  • Northern Scot
  • Northern Scot Midweek Extra

North Ayrshire

  • Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
  • Arran Banner
  • Irvine Herald
  • Irvine Times
  • Largs and Millport Weekly News
  • North Ayrshire World

North Lanarkshire


Perth and Kinross


  • The Advertizer - formerly the Kilmacolm Advertiser, serving the villages of Strathgryffe
  • Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette
  • Paisley People

Scottish Borders


South Ayrshire

South Lanarkshire


West Dunbartonshire

West Lothian

  • Linlithgowshire Gazette
  • West Lothian Courier

Western Isles

Specialist newspapers

UK-wide specialist newspapers widely available in Scotland

Corporate newspapers

University newspapers

Defunct newspapers

See also

Further reading

  • Reid, Harry (2006) Deadline: the Story of the Scottish Press. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press ISBN 0-7152-0836-5


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