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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.


Autumn 2017 / Vol. 22 / Number 3


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Simon McKerrell
The Highland Bagpipe

Scotland In Music
by Edward Scott Pearlman

Scotland In Books
by Paul Gallagher

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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thatched roofs in Hebrides Crail Blairgowrie St. Cecilia's Hall

On The Trail Of The Border Reivers
by Terry Williams
Now the picture of tranquility, the Borders were once a place where livestock (and outsiders) could disappear in the blink of an eye.

Thatching the Hebrides
by Paul Stafford
Once an integral part of the Hebridean landscape, thatched roofs, and the skilled tradesmen who create them, are holding on.

Picture Perfect Crail
by Keith Aitken
The timeless beauty of Crail is a force of nature, pulling photographers, history buffs, day-trippers and lovers of fresh seafood into its peaceful orbit.

The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation
Across 30 acres in the southwest of Scotland, conventional notions of what a garden should be -- and do -- have been fundamentally reworked for the 21st century.

The Golden Glow Of Dunblane
by Stephen McGinty
In this small town, everything is writ large, from its ancient cathedral to its local heroes.

Scotland's Berry Capital
by Stephen McGinty
Surrounded by fertile farmland and far from the modern fray, Blairgowrie excels in quiet pursuits, from outdoor sports to ghost hunting.

Beautiful St. Cecilia's Hall
by Jim Gilchrist
Now fully restored, Scotland's first concert hall is ready for the next chapter in its long life: a gleaming music museum and performance venue of stunning beauty.