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Scottish castles and great houses, Scottish culture, history, tips for traveling to Scotland, insider's tours from the Scottish Borders to the Scottish Highlands, special celebrations, Scottish crafts, Scottish food and lodgings, news and more, including our signature "Notes From The Isles" column, a charming journal about island life, plus music, books and Scotch whisky reviews.


Autumn 2011 / Vol. 16 / 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

What's New and Noteworthy

In The Parish Of Peats
Scotch Whisky by
John Lamond

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

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What's Ahead

Andy Scott Dalmeny House Museum of Scotland Solway Firth

Andy Scott's Monumental Art
by Shan Ross
Inside Andy Scott's Glasgow studio, the rough work of cutting, bending and welding raw steel brings life to iconic sculptures.

A Highland Village
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The committed community in Kinlochbervie makes this beautiful and remote corner of Sutherland work.

An Old Friend Returns
by Keith Aitken
After an ambitious 3-year restoration and expansion program, Edinburgh's National Museum is now ready for the 21st century

A Village Reborn
by Terry Williams
After decades of slow decline, Balmacara Square has become a vital crofting community once again.

The Earl Of Rosebery's Dalmeny House
by Sean Hignett
The views across the Firth of Forth from this sprawling Gothic Revival mansion are amazing, but not nearly as transfixing as its sprawling history.

Nature's Annual Migration
by Jim Gilchrist
When tens of thousands of barnacle geese return to the salt marshes and fields of the Solway Firth every autumn, one of nature's grandest spectacles begins.

The Scots Have Spoken
by Keith Aitken
When Scotland went to the polls earlier in the year, the ground shook like never before.