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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.


Summer 2008 / Vol. 13 / Number 2


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
Thomas MacCalman Morton

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

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The Queen Mother's Glamis Castle
by Richenda Miers
Whether you're in the mood for a delightful fairy tale or the darkest of horror stories, Glamis Castle won't disappoint.

Traditional Music's Bright & Brilliant Future
by Terry Williams
If you want to see and hear Scotland's remarkable new generation of traditional musicians, just stop by the Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd in Plockton.

Remote & Wonderful Durness
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Venturing to the most northwesterly reaches Scotland will reward you with quiet beauty and welcoming personalities -- and surprise you with its lively activities.

Edinburgh's New Trams
by Keith Aitken
In a decision that pleases environmentalists, city planners and nostalgia buffs alike, Edinburgh's iconic trams are coming back.

Munro Bagging
by Muriel Gray
Climbing all of the Scotland's peaks is a great national pastime, but sometimes conquering that very first summit is the hardest challenge of all.

Bagpipes Galore!
by Sean Stewart
The world's largest bagpipe stamp collection.

A Life Carved In Stone
by Jim Gilchrist
After a lifetime spent restoring everything from abbeys to castles, master stonemason Ian Cramb has some amazing stories to tell.