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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 2009 / Vol. 14 / 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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Castle Fraser
by Richenda Miers
From its ambitious additions to its secret spy holes, this ancient castle tells the compelling story of an epic family.

The Sunken Treasures Of Mull
By Shan Ross
While one aristocrat explores Mull's coastline for sunken treasure, others are reaping real rewards with the humble mussel.

Exploring Scotland's North Coast
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Scotland's north coast roads look like mad squiggles on a map, but from the ground, it's a true adventure.

New Life For Abbotsford
by Keith Aitken
Sir Walter Scott's historic home in the Scottish Borders is finally ready for the next chapter.

The Magic Of Raasay
by Terry Williams
Is the magic of this small island its emotive history and captivating scenery, or its engaging and resourceful residents?

A Castle Called Home
by Jim Gilchrist
Owning a Scottish castle is the ultimate dream for many, but it's not for the faint of heart.

Historic Stanley Mills
by Candace Leslie
The massive Stanley Mills on the River Tay offers a fascinating look at the hard days of the Industrial Revolution.