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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 2015 / Vol. 20 / Number 3


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Gary West
The Highland Bagpipe

Scotland In Music
by Edward Scott Pearlman

Scotland In Books
by Paul Gallagher

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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Royal Deeside
by Stephen McGinty
The stunning landscape that moved Queen Victoria to decree it "Royal" is still beguiling visitors a century-and-a-half later.

Experiencing Bannockburn
by Keith Aitken
Not far from the famous battlefield, stunning 3-D technology engages visitors in the sights and sounds of medieval combat.

Unforgettable Journeys
by Ros McGlynn, Ethyl Smith & Catriona Courtier
For some, a trip through the Scottish landscape not only lingers, but also leaves indelible memories.

Guardian Of The Port
by Jim Gilchrist
Home to an ancient seafarers' guild and a compelling collection of maritime artifacts, Trinity House soldiers on in a changing world.

Steaming Through The Highlands
by Terry Williams
Rescued by enthusiasts, this once-forgotten route past river, moors, mountains and forest makes for a grand day out.

Scotland's Cradle Of Liberty
by Barb Taylor
Lying on the North Sea coastline, the quiet burgh of Arbroath is famous for the unlikely combination of fish and freedom.

An Improbable Tropical Getaway
by Philip Paris
Inverewe Garden is a surprising sub-tropical oasis thanks to one man's vision and the warm embrace of the Gulf Stream.