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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 2007 / Vol. 12 / 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
John Lamond

Events in North America and Scotland

Scottish Societies

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The Island Of The Seals
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The people who fled to Island Roan found a way of life dominated by sheep, the land and the "unending music of the sea." Even now, the short trip over takes visitors back in time.

Newhailes Is New Again
by Pat Moore
Newhailes House near Edinburgh has undergone a miraculous transformation back to its glory days three centuries ago.

Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden
by Keith Aitken
Welcoming to every pursuit from lounging on the grass to exploring ever-changing displays, the "Botanics" is Edinburgh's favorite green space.

20 Things To Love About Orkney
by Stephen McGinty
These islands have a character all their own, and here are some of the best ways to take it in.

The Art of Leonie Gibbs
by Richenda Meirs
In a slightly run-down studio near Beauly, Leonie Gibbs has turned her considerable talents and a passion for history into some of the finest sculptures in Scotland today.

Cruising The Argyll Coastline
by David Wishart
The sheltered waters and stunning coastline of Argyll is the perfect backdrop for a leisurely boating holiday.

The Stone of Destiny
by Keith Aitken
For a thousand years, this ancient coronation stone of Scottish kings has kindled legends and enflamed passions.