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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 2014 / Vol. 19 / 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 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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Culross AIGAS kids John Muir scenic scottish painting

Frozen In Time
by Stephen McGinty
Culross is the nearest thing to a 16th-century time capsule in all of Scotland.

Exploring The Highlands -- In Child-Size Bites
by Janet Crane Barley
The Aigas Field Centre's holidays bring children closer to nature and families closer to each other.

Honoring John Muir
by Keith Aitken
A century after his death, America's most famous conservationist has finally been embraced by the country of his birth.

My Favourite Place
by Various Authors
When locals were asked about their favourite place, the stories of Scotland's magical islands were especially compelling.

Inside Aberfeldy
by Terry Williams
This small market town on the River Tay has been inspiring visitors ever since the days of Robert Burns.

Drifting Off To Shetland
by Merryn Somerset Webb
While city life has its pluses, one family has found the pull of the islands all but irresistible.

Remembering The War
by Jim Gilchrist
This year's World War I centennial will honor the country's outsized impact on the war.