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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.


Summer 2015 / Vol. 20 / Number 2


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

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Stockbridge Glencoe Drumlanrig castle Tain

The Village Of Stockbridge
by Stephen McGinty
Just a short walk from downtown Edinburgh, Stockbridge stands apart, a small village with green spaces, rich history and a cosmopolitan edge.

The Guardians Of Glencoe
by Ben Williams
The terrain is unforgiving and the weather can be foul, but the volunteers of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team never hesitate when the call comes in.

The Pink Palace
by Stephen McGinty
With a hundred-plus rooms and a priceless collection of art, Drumlanrig Castle is the Duke of Buccleuch's crown jewel.

Arthur Conan Doyle's Edinburgh
by Jim Gilchrist
While the adventures of Sherlock Holmes may seem to be quintessential London stories, their inspiration came from the heart of Scotland.

The Enduring Appeal Of Berwickshire
by Keith Aitken
Precariously balanced on the border with England, Berwickshire has suffered centuries of turmoil... with its identity, and charm, unchanged.

The Library Has Landed
by Terry Williams
In the remote corners of northern Scotland, the library van brings books, videos--and an important link to the "outside."

Highland Pilgrimage
by Philip Paris
Once an important center for religious pilgrimages, Tain is now attracting visitors for altogether different reasons.