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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 2008 / Vol. 13 / 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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Lauriston Castle
by Pat Moore
The heavy walls of Lauriston Castle have kept out the modern world for a hundred years.

20 Things To Love About Skye
by Stephen Mcginty
Skye is an island of big attractions and here is a (somewhat biased) guide to one Scotís favorites.

Lifesavers Of The Pentland Firth
by Bruce Macgregor Sandison
When lives are in danger, the lifeboats go out.

Putting Scotland On The Map
by Steve Mcgrail
Mapping Scotlandís complex terrain is no easy task.

The Isle Of Bute
by Keith Aitken
Easy to get to and easy to get around, the Isle of Bute is being rediscovered by a new generation of travelers.

The Knitters Of Fair Isle
by Terry Williams
Far from the Scottish mainland, the new generation of knitters is creating distinctive Fair Isle knitwear.

Strathnaver's Brutal Clearances
by Richenda Miers
This peaceful green valley still offers reminders of the cruel Highland Clearances.