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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 2019 / Vol. 24 / Number 3


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Simon McKerrell
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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What's Ahead

Glasgow Riverside Glasgow Pirates Brodick Castle Arran Balmaha Boatyard

The Reimagining Of The Clyde
by Paul Stafford
Glasgow's waterfront is changing by the minute, but the city's links to the past remain, repurposed rather than forgotten.

The Painted City
Vibrant murals as big as buildings have transformed drab corners of Glasgow into fun, quirky and often surreal urban spaces.

Holiday Of A Lifetime
by Stephen McGinty
The Isle of Arran is like Scotland in miniature, with Highlands and Lowlands, golf courses for every day of the week and history reaching back 12,000 years.

The Knapdale Beaver Trail
by Paul Stafford
Ten years after the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland, the benefits to both ecology and tourism are clear.

The Year Of Coasts And Waters
by Jim Gilchrist
Water is woven into the fabric of Scotland, so a celebration of its contribution to the nation will require a full year and thousands of events.

The Loch Lomond Mail Boat
by Kevin Pilley
The Macfarlanes' fleet of antique cruisers aren't exactly excursion boats, but you're welcome to tag along.

A Railway Station's Secrets
by Stephen McGinty
A tour of the forgotten subterranean vaults of Glasgow Central Station reveals stories both tragic and epic.