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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 2009 / Vol. 14 / 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
John Lamond

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

Next Issue
What's Ahead

Achavanich stone circle

Paisley abbey

Clava cairns

Cromarty firth

Caithness Flow Country
by Keith Aitken
This vast Highland wilderness is home to breathtaking vistas and extensive wildlife...but it would be a mistake to stop your explorations there.

Coming Home To Wick
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Once a base for Vikings, merchants of every stripe and a booming fishing industry, Wick now opens its arms to 21st-century visitors.

Multicolored Paisley
By Candace Leslie
Long before Paisley was known for weaving, it was a powerful religious center, and a tour around town reveals the beautiful legacies of both.

A Journey Through Harris and Lewis
by Terry Williams
To best experience this remote island's compelling landscape, you'll need to take to the open road.

The Outlander Tour
by Penny Carnathan
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels begin with a nurse time-traveling back to Scotland – and for many of her fans, the story continues with a pilgrimage.

The Black Isle
by Richenda Miers
A green and quiet peninsula at the edge of the Highlands, the Black Isle will charm you with its spectacular landscape infused with history.

Unforgettable Days
What happens when ordinary Scots are asked to write about the extraordinary days in their lives?