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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.


Summer 2014 / Vol. 19 / Number 2


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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Kilts! Campsie Fells Glasgow musicians

The Gathering Place Of Kings
by Stephen McGinty
The site of ancient coronations, Scone Palace today is a place where peacocks roam the manicured grounds and rooms glow with richness.

The Caledonian Canal
by Terry Williams
There can't be a more scenic -- or compelling -- way to get from east to west than this historic waterway.

A Hidden Highland Gem
by Philip Paris
Strathpeffer appears frozen in time, with exuberant Victorian architecture and weekly Highland dancing in the square.

The Kilt
by Richenda Miers
Once the garb of peasants, the kilt is now a source of pride for Scotsmen in all walks of life.

Glasgow's Back Garden
by Keith Aitken
The rolling green of the Campsie Fells offers pleasant walks and picturesque sightseeing just beyond the city limits.

Piping Hot Glasgow
by Jim Gilchrist
For those with a love of bagpipes, Glasgow is a mecca, with the World Championships every August just the beginning.

Edinburgh's Seaside
by Sean Hignett
After decades of slow decline, Portobello is staging a determined comeback.