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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.


Spring 2016 / Vol. 21 / Number 1


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 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

Next Issue
What's Ahead

Sango Bay Sutherland Kintyre Way Photography by Charles Jencks Portsoy's Boat Festival

Splendid Isolation
by Stephen McGinty
Some might call the vast landscape of the north empty, but in truth, it is anything but.

Edinburgh's Amazing Bridge
by Keith Aitken
The new Queensferry Crossing is on course to be completed under budget and ahead of schedule -- just two of its wondrous achievements.

Treasures From The Warehouse
by Keith Aitken
Edinburgh's National Museums has nearly 12 million objects stored away, but this spring some of the most interesting will go on public display.

In The Footsteps Of Saints
by Jim Gilchrist
Ancient pathways that once brought religion to every corner of Scotland now guide travelers through a rich and engaging landscape.

A Landscape Worthy Of The Ancients
Photography by
Charles Jencks

Like the megalithic monuments that dot the Scottish landscape, a new land sculpture by artist Charles Jencks connects earth and cosmos with stone.

The Pipes Are Calling
by Terry Williams
Ross Calderwood's handmade and historically accurate bagpipes have gone from a weekend hobby to an international sensation.

An Exuberant Celebration Of Boating
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
One weekend each June, the quiet village of Portsoy goes completely overboard for boating.