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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 2012 / Vol. 17 / Number 2


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Gary West
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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Anstruther Scotland Ochil Hills St Giles Cathedral Riverside Museum Glasgow

A Beguiling Time Machine
by Candace Leslie
Glasgow's new Riverside Museum is a stunning 21st-century building that whisks visitors back to bygone eras.

The Storied Landscape Of Strathearn
by Keith Aitken
Picts, Romans, reivers and kings have left indelible marks on this expansive, but often overlooked, Perthshire valley.

20 Things To Love About Mull and Iona
by Stephen McGinty
Iona and Mull are two very different islands joined by a short ferry ride.

Solitary Places, Distant Voices
by Patricia Turner
A photographic journey through the Western Isles.

The Great Highland Cattle Runs
by Terry Williams
In the heart of Dingwall's 21st-century livestock market, the epic days of droving are remembered.

Edinburgh's Great Cathedral
by Jim Gilchrist
Step into St Giles' and the powerful aura of art, architecture, pageantry and history envelopes you.

East Neuk of Fife
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The great fishing fleets are gone, but the picturesque houses, cobbled streets and stone harbors still enchant visitors.