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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 2018 / Vol. 23 / Number 1


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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Pollok House Scotland's only lake ceilidh Berneray Hebrides

A Home For All Seasons
by Stephen McGinty
Pollok House and estate is an oasis of Edwardian grandeur that rewards visitors at any time of the year.

The Secrets Of Lake of Menteith
by Jim Gilchrist
Over the centuries, Scotland's only lake has been a magnet for outdoor curling enthusiasts, holy men, warriors, kings and romantics.

The First Library
by Keith Aitken
Two hundred years before Andrew Carnegie got the idea, Innerpeffray opened the doors on what is still the oldest public library in the country.

The Gathering Clouds
by Terry Williams
Land ownership in Scotland is highly concentrated and lightly regulated…and that worries the Scottish Parliament's leaders.

Gateway To The Highlands
by Stephen McGinty
The Victorian village of Pitlochry feels a world away, with fairy-tale castles, quaint distilleries and even an enchanted forest.

Scotland's Longest Party
by Paul Stafford
Once the only entertainment on long winter nights, ceilidhs today are a great party, full of traditional music, dance and fun.

An Outer Hebridean Adventure
by Kenneth Steven
A Grand Tour of this long strand of islands, from Barra in the south to Lewis in the north, is as much about the journey as the destinations.