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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 2018 / Vol. 23 / 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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Hiking The Cuillin
by Paul Stafford
Exploring Skye's famous mountain range brings hikers close to singularly striking vistas…and unquestionably powerful history.

The House of Dun
by Stephen McGinty
The 13th Earl of Dun rejected five sets of plans for his residence, but his tenacity was rewarded with a mansion like no other.

The Slate Islands
by Kenneth Steven
Once the heart of the slate industry, these small islands have everything from spectacular wildlife to one of the world's most notorious whirlpools.

The Nation's Mapkeeper
by Jim Gilchrist
The National Library of Scotland's vast map collection takes visitors on a journey back in time.

A Playground For Kings
by Stephen McGinty
The country's most powerful figures came to Falkland Palace to hunt, relax, politic…and occasionally engage in more sinister pursuits.

The Crofting Life
by Paul Stafford
Less-than-accommodating conditions may not make crofting on Scotland's islands easy, but it does make success that much sweeter.

The Spirit Of Peat
by Ian Buxton
The small Abhainn Dearg distillery on Lewis is a throwback to the days when illicit distilling was Scotland's favorite pastime.