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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 2016 / Vol. 21 / Number 2


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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Plockton Scotland Flight Museum Thirlestane Castle Lincluden Rhino Scotland

The Tropical Highlands
by Stephen McGinty
The map says you're in the Highlands, but the picturesque seaside village of Plockton looks like something else entirely.

A Museum Takes Flight
by Keith Aitken
A £3.6-million expansion and renovation program has transformed the National Museum of Flight into a world-class experience.

20 Things To Love About The Scottish Borders
by John Dalton
For centuries it has been a place of bitter conflict and turmoil, but today the Borders presents a landscape covered with a blanket of tranquility.

On The Banks Of Loch Lomond
by Sean Hignett
The magic of Loch Lomond has transformed the once-sleepy village of Balmaha into a bustling gateway for outdoor enthusiasts and sightseers.

Fifies, Scaffies & Yoles
by Jim Gilchrist
The boats, gear and stories of Scotland's fishing industry have found a home in an ancient fishing port in Fife.

Following Your Ancestral Trail
by Terry Williams
The Highland Archives Centre in Inverness preserves the history of the Highlands and its people in historic records, photos and more.

The Path Less Taken
by Stephen Armstrong
Just off the well-beaten tourist trails there are overlooked attractions with the power to both amuse and beguile.