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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.


Summer 2011 / Vol. 16 / 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

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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Loch Shiel Jupiter Arland Robert Burns' desk Edinburgh Castle

Cruising Loch Shiel
by Terry Williams
This is the story of a man, a boat and a truly stunning landscape.

Bagpipes Galore!
by Candace Leslie
From the World Pipe Band Championships to impromptu music sessions in corner pubs, Glasgow is the place for bagpipe afficionados.

Jupiter Artland
by Sean Hignett
Set on a sprawling estate outside of Edinburgh, the quirky Jupiter Artland is both unconventional and unforgettable.

An Ode To Robert Burns
by Jim Gilchrist
The stunning new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is as engaging, complex and creative as the bard himself.

The Enlightenment
by Keith Aitken
The Scottish Enlightenment changed every aspect of the world... and in ways that still ripple through our lives today.

20 Things To Love About Edinburgh
by Stephen Mcginty
If you want to find the best of Edinburgh, just ask a local.

Life At The Edge
by Bruce Macgregor Sandison
The remote island of Unst is a sparkling jewel of beauty and tranquility, set in an ultramarine sea.