Scottish Life Magazine masthead


News from Scotland, book reviews, music reviews, Scotch whisky and bagpiping columns. Also timely (and money-saving) travel tips, what's new and noteworthy, calendar of Scottish events for both North America and Scotland. And, our signature "Notes from the Isles" column, a charming journal about island life.


Autumn 2009 / Vol. 14 / Number 3


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Robert Wallace
The Highland Bagpipe

Scotland In Music
by Edward Scott Pearlman

Scotland In Books
by Hamish Coghill Reviews

What's New and Noteworthy

In The Parish Of Peats
Scotch Whisky by
John Lamond

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

Next Issue
What's Ahead

autumn 09 photo

aut 09

aut 09


Edinburgh's New Town
by Candace Leslie
When Edinburgh's "New Town" was freshly completed, it was a showcase of Georgian architecture, remarkable residents and graceful parks.

The Moving Picture Show
By Shan Ross
The Screen Machine brings the thrill of the silver screen to Scotland's most remote areas, and sometimes just getting there is an adventure in itself.

The Many Facets Of Paxton House
by Sean Hignett
The most difficult part of exploring this stunning Borders estate is deciding where to begin.

Shetland's Hamefarin
by Keith Aitken
Independent-minded Shetlanders are holding their Hamefarin (homecoming) a full year after Scotland's.

The Music Of Angels
by Terry Williams
The sweet sound of music rings through Strathpeffer thanks to a company that makes historic harps in traditional ways.

Scotland's Magical North Coast
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The winding coast road along the northern edge of Scotland is a traveler's dream.

The True Tale Of Whisky Galore
by Richenda Miers
Compton Mackenzie's comic novel of islanders liberating whisky from a sunken ship in 1941 is much loved, but the true tale is far murkier.