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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.


Winter 2006 / Vol. 11 / Number 4


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
Charles MacLean

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

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What's Ahead


Magnificent Hopetoun House
by Pat Moore
Hopetoun House outside of Edinburgh has been called "Scotland's Finest Stately Home."

An Inside Guide To Stirling
by Stephen McGinty
Some say Stirling is Edinburgh in miniature, but for those who know, there's nothing small about it.

Voyage To The Isle Of Sanda
by John Darnton
It wasn't the remoteness of the pub on Sanda that prompted this American's 3,300-mile journey. Nor was it the long-anticipated drink that awaited him there. It was the pub's name.

Touring Scotland's Universities
by Keith Aitken
You'll find more than a few surprises behind these university gates: fascinating museums, peaceful gardens...even gourmet restaurants.

The People Of Helmsdale
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
A quaint fishing village set in a stunning landscape, Helmsdale in northeast Sutherland has managed to change with the times while maintaining its unique character.

Enchanting Edzell
by T.R. Gordon
The tranquil village of Edzell is an ideal base for exploring northeast Scotland, but with so much to see locally, you might never want to leave town.

A Highland Fortress
by Richenda Miers
Created as the ultimate Highland stronghold by a wary British government, Fort George now offers fascinating insights into the past.