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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 2016 / Vol. 21 / 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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Dumfries House the Trossachs mountain bothies Fair Isle

Saved By A Prince
by Stephen McGinty
One of Britain's most beautiful homes, 18th-century Dumfries House was pulled back from the brink by the firm grasp of a royal hand.

In the Shadow Of Loch Ness
by Terry Williams
An empty back road leads to a landscape overlooked in tourist guides, where every turn takes you further from the 21st century.

The Remarkable Survivor
by Jim Gilchrist
Edinburgh's 250-year-old Botanic Cottage was a forgotten ruin until the Royal Botanic Garden moved it stone by stone and gave it a new life.

The Welcoming Trossachs
by Keith Aitken
If ever there was a something-for-everyone place, it is surely the Trossachs, with quaint villages, grand landscapes and lots of blood-curdling history.

Hiking Beyond the Pines
by Paul Stafford
Standing alone on the empty landscape, mountain bothies offer free overnight shelter, chance friendships and maybe even a ghost story or two.

The Great Adventure
by Kevin Pilley
Just a speck in the ocean, Fair Isle is home to a handful of people, an abundance of birds and a way of life most only dream of.

The Gathering Storm
by Keith Aitken
Now that Britain has voted to leave the European Union, will Scotland vote to leave Britain?