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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 2009 / Vol. 14 / 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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Castles On The Clyde
by Candace Leslie
Just across the river Clyde from each other, Newark and Dumbarton Castles offer colorful history, rich legends and fine vistas.

Scotland's Amazing Blue Badge Guides
By Keith Aitken
Having your own personal guide to pull back the curtain on Scotland's many attractions is a great way to go.

Calum's Road
by Richenda Miers
One spring morning, alone in the empty landscape of Raasay, Calum MacLeod began to build a road by hand.

Tartan Masterpieces
by Terry Williams
It takes a year or more to learn the intricacies of making a proper kilt, and the Keith Kilt School is the only place in the world where these time-honored skills are still taught.

Glorious & Green Perthshire
by Stephen McGinty
A green emerald in the heart of Scotland, Perthshire is often overlooked in the rush to the Highlands.

A Royal Home In The Highlands
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison Whenever she vacationed at the Castle of Mey in Caithness, the Queen Mother was a good neighbor...and a good friend to the community.

The Long And Winding Way
by Joyce Brocklebank A new walking route now makes the spectacular landscape of the Kintyre Peninsula closer than ever.