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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.


Spring 2011 / Vol. 16 / 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

What's New and Noteworthy

In The Parish Of Peats
Scotch Whisky by
John Lamond

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

Next Issue
What's Ahead

Gaelic College in Skye whiskey barrels Lady Cawdor Dunfermline's new museum

The Heart of Gaeldom
by Jim Gilchrist
Interest in Gaelic is undergoing a renaissance and at the center of it all is the Gaelic College on Skye.

A Smuggler's Lair
by Shan Ross
Filled with secret chambers and hidden chutes, smuggler John Nisbet's Gunsgreen House is a fascinating museum by day and an unforgettable holiday apartment by night.

The Cooper's Art
by Terry Williams
The mighty engine of the Scotch whisky industry begins at Speyside Cooperage, where wooden casks are made in time-honoured ways.

Scotland's Emotive Ruins
by Richenda Miers
Defiant against time, these ruins are a powerful reminder of the forces that shaped the Scottish Nation.

The Guardian Of Cawdor Castle
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Since the death of her husband, the Countess of Cawdor has been entrusted with a 600-year-old family treasure.

New Life For An Ancient Burgh
by Keith Aitken
An ambitious new cultural quarter will bring Dunfermline's remarkable past into focus for a new generation of visitors.

20 Things To Love About Glasgow
by Stephen McGinty
Glasgow's lively contemporary landscape is a perfect counterbalance to its rich history.