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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 2011 / Vol. 16 / Number 4


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Gary West
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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Stirling Palace Highland Lobster King James Route Lewis Beach

Stirling Castle's Royal Apartments
by Jim Gilchrist
Newly restored, these incredible quarters are a riot of color, opulence and artistry befitting a Renaissance king.

Working In The Highlands
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
When visitors to the remote corners of Scotland ask what locals do to earn a living, the simplest answer is, "Whatever it takes."

The Path Less Taken
by Sean Hignett
Over the course of 25 years, artist Ian Hamilton Finlay turned Little Sparta into a garden like no other.

Glasgow's Tobacco Lords
by Candace Leslie
These 18th-century tycoons made staggering fortunes in the tobacco trade and changed Glasgow into a booming commercial seaport.

The King's Route
by Terry Williams
Retracing King James IV's many pilgrimages to St. Duthac's shrine in Tain introduces modern travelers to natural wonders, historic attractions and noteworthy diversions.

20 Great Reasons To Visit Faraway Lewis & Harris
by Stephen McGinty
There's nothing "usual" about these remote and unspoiled islands, from their ancient standing stones to the strict observance of the Sabbath.

The Scottish Food Dilemma
by Keith Aitken
While exports of high-end food products are soaring, Scots are longing for the simple meals granny used to make.