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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 2008 / Vol. 13 / 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
MacCalman Morton

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

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Kilravock Castle
by Richenda Miers
Kilravock, home to Clan Rose, has entertained Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns. And if you call ahead, theyıll hold a room for you, too.

The End Of The World
by Terry Williams
With a population of 12, no cars and no way in or out except by boat, the tiny island of Ulva is a world apart.

Skye's Master Swordmaker
by Tom Gillespie
The cutlasses, claymores, daggers and knives that fill Rob Miller's studio can only be described as works of art.

The Making Of A Pipe Major
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Becoming a Pipe Major in Scotland requires knowledge and skills that go far beyond musical talent alone.

Memorable Stays
by Julie Davidson
Like Scotland, these hotels surround you with ancient history, modern hospitality and scenery you won't soon forget.

Hiking Through An Ancient Celtic Province
by Joyce Brocklebank
The Dava Way takes you on a walk through the picturesque moors, farmland and forests of Morayshire.

The Scots Tongue
by Keith Aitken
The Scots have a way of expressing themselves that's like no other.