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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 2017 / Vol. 22 / Number 2


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Simon McKerrell
The Highland Bagpipe

Scotland In Music
by Edward Scott Pearlman

Scotland In Books
by Paul Gallagher

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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Caithness Memories
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Wrapped by the sea on three sides, the landscape in this far northern corner of Scotland is as rugged as its people.

The First City Of Literature
by Stephen McGinty
The written word is in DNA of Edinburgh, and nowhere else celebrates it more enthusiastically.

All Creatures Great & Small
by Paul Stafford
As one of the most sparsely populated islands in Scotland, Jura is a predator-free playground for wildlife of all stripes.

The Fall Of Bonnie Prince Charlie
by Keith Aitken
The National Museum of Scotland takes a once-in-a-generation look at the man who tried to return the crown to the Catholic Stewarts...and failed miserably.

The Hidden Highlands
by Terry Williams
Nearly forgotten castles, old cattle droving routes and once-busy ferry crossings spring back to life when an unscheduled stop leads away from the main road.

Mull And Iona
by Stephen McGinty
These two islands of the Inner Hebrides nearly touch each other, but the palpable spirituality of Iona and the candy-striped waterfront of Mull are a million miles apart.

Close To Heaven
by Jim Gilchrist
From a magnificent 19th-century mechanical recreation of the universe to Britain's first Dark Sky Park in the Galloway Forest, Scotland's embrace of the cosmos is widespread.