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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 2019 / Vol. 24 / 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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"Doon The Watter" To Bute
by Stephen McGinty
The Isle of Bute, a Victorian-era holiday destination for countless Scots, has been revived for a new generation.

The Rob Roy Way
by Paul Stafford
This 77-mile walking path has it all: picturesque villages, scenic hills and lochs, rushing rivers and quiet moors.

Mugdock Castle
by Jim Gilchrist
Once the ancient stronghold for the powerful Graham family, Mugdock Castle has now been embraced by Hollywood.

The Perfect Escape
by Kenneth Steven
A half century after Paul McCartney sang its praises, the Kintyre Peninsula is still a quiet place of astonishing beauty and more astonishing history.

The Celtic Sport
by Paul Stafford
Shinty is a battle of sorts, played with enthusiasm across Scotland.

A Friendly Competition
by Stephen McGinty
Melrose and Kelso continually compete for the attention of visitors to the Borders, but choosing one over the other would be a mistake.

The Spa Town
by Stephen McGinty
Since its days as a Victorian spa, Bridge of Allan has welcomed visitors with open arms...and left them revived and refreshed.

Photos © Iain McLean/Scottish Viewpoint; Paul Stafford; Phil Seale/Scottish Viewpoint.