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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 2015 / Vol. 20 / 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

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Hawick Jacobite train Jess Smith Muck Ferry

Riding The Ancient Boundaries
by Peter Ross
When Scottish Borders communities celebrate their heritage by riding the town boundaries, pageantry and local pride joyously collide.

The Jacobite Steam Train
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
Made famous as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter films, this has been called the most beautiful train ride in the world.

Voyage Around The Pentlands
by Keith Aitken
This classic Edinburgh day out has it all, from ancient inns to picturesque villages, museums and gardens.

Wheeling Around Falkirk
by Val Vassay
Although millions have ridden the Falkirk Wheel, the world's only rotating boatlift, it is only the flashy tip of central Scotland's treasures.

Scotland's Storytelling Revival
by Jim Gilchrist
The traditional stories that once were told by smouldering peat fires are now finding 21st-century audiences.

Small Wonders
by Stephen McGinty
The rocky outcrops of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna offer generous helpings of raw beauty and history that evokes both laughter and tears.

Perfection In A Bowl
by Terry Williams
The Annual Cullen Skink Championships demonstrates that a simple soup steeped in tradition can still stir the passions of its many devotees.