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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.


Spring 2007 / Vol. 12 / Number 1


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

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Time Traveling In Orkney
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The 5,000-year-old archeological treasures on Orkney are an astonishing window to another world.

The House of Dun
by Richenda Miers
Overlooking the Montrose Nature Reserve in Angus, this beautiful Georgian estate is stunning both inside and out.

Celebration On Islay
by Joyce Brocklebank
For traditional music and Scotch whisky, Islay is the place to be.

Handmade In Scotland
by Steve McGrail
Here's a look at some of Scotland's brightest handcraft artists and what they're making.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse
by Barb Taylor
Inside those stark walls looming high above Edinburgh are stories more compelling than anything Hollywood could invent.

Born Again Churches
by Keith Aitken
Unable to maintain all of the country's abandoned churches, conservationists have asked entrepreneurs to find new uses for them.

The One & Only "Smokie"
by Sean Hignett
Take a walk through Arbroath and you'll find a dozen or more small "factories" turning out a unique delicacy known as the Arbroath Smokie.