First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has conceded her plans for a second vote were "undoubtedly" a factor in the result and has said she will reflect on the results.
The party had banked on widespread Scottish anger with the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum, which was opposed by 62% of Scots, to force through another attempt to leave the Union with the idea of re-joining Europe as an independent nation.
"The Conservative campaign was strong on honesty and realism, but the next time the party enters a general election it will need to be just as strong on hope and vision for the future - and there's no reason it shouldn't be". The Corbyn-led party is predicted to win 41 per cent vote share within the 18-24 age segment.
Stephen Gethins held on to his North East Fife seat by just two votes, as the SNP came under severe pressure from the Liberal Democrats, and nationalists saw their majorities massively reduced in several constituencies.
The Scottish Conservative leader will now have more influence, given her party's success at the polls, the paper adds.
"But overall the results in Scotland show the SNP will have won a majority of seats in this country and a majority of the vote - something which I suspect the Prime Minister would like to be able to claim in the early hours of this morning but may not be able to do so".
The Prime Minister had now "lost all authority and credibility", Ms Sturgeon said. After all, the SNP cannot form a government on its own in Westminster, but Labour can. Polls on secession remain roughly where they were three years ago.
Ms Sturgeon said later on Twitter she was "proud that the SNP won the election in Scotland with more MPs than all other parties combined".
"SNP MPs who last night lost their seats have paid the price for what was a massive political miscalculation on Nicola Sturgeon's part".
"The result of the election has sent a clear message that voters do not want a return to the division of 2014 - even senior Nationalist figures such as Alex Neil and Kenny MacAskill have acknowledged that. I'm afraid that's not enough".
"We know when she took over. one of the things she spoke most passionately about was keeping the union together".
She also conceded that the UK Conservative party must reflect on its shortcoming after failing to win the mandate sought by Theresa May but cautioned against snap judgements.
He said: "Instead of people shouting from the opposition benches around these issues, you've got a bunch of people elected as Scottish Conservatives, right in the party of government, who can take those arguments and ensure when a Brexit deal is negotiated, it is the interests of Scottish fishing that are right at the forefront".
Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a second independence referendum after the Brexit vote was poorly timed and did not go down well in some parts of the country.