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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.


Winter 2010 / Vol. 15 / 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

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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Heather in the Scottish Highlands Lennoxlove House scottish haggis skill center in Fyvie Scotland

Running Wild At Alladale
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Paul Lister's plans to let wolves, bears and other predators run wild on his Highland estate has locals worried.

Scotland's Ancient Tribe
by Richenda Miers
The Tarbat Discovery Centre offers an amazing gateway back to the Celtic tribe known as the Picts.

Unforgettable Lennoxlove House
by Keith Aitken
Its compelling interiors, colorful owners and occasionally quirky displays makes Lennoxlove one of Scotland's more memorable historic houses.

Ode To A Haggis
by Terry Williams
Its modest beginnings aside, there's far more to Scotland's national dish than meets the eye.

20 Things To Love About The Shetland Islands
by Stephen McGinty
The Shetland archipelago offers a bounty of treasures for those adventurous enough to make the trip.

Reviving Traditional Skills
by Jim Gilchrist
With the specialized skills needed for historic preservation quickly disappearing, Fyvie Castle's Traditional Skills Centre has stepped into the breach.

The Islands Of The Forth
by Sean Hignett
Edinburgh's harbor islands may be off the usual tourist routes, but are well worth exploring.