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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.


Winter 2013 / Vol. 18 / Number 4


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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What's Ahead

Central hall Benmore House Scenic Madonna and child

Palaces Of Dreams
by Jim Gilchrist
When next summer's Commonwealth Games take center stage, visitors shouldn't overlook Glasgow's unrivaled West End museums.

The Greening Of Benmore Gardens
by Keith Aitken
What began as a race to plant Britain's first redwood has grown beyond all expectations.

The Miracle of Camp 60
by Philip Paris
Orkney's awe-inspiring Italian Chapel is a powerful monument to the human spirit.

Bringing In The Peat
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
In some remote corners of the Highlands and Islands, the ancient rituals of the peat harvest are still observed.

Dundee's New Start
by Keith Aitken
A breathtakingly ambitious transformation of Dundee's neglected waterfront is now underway.

Following The Flagstone Trail
by Terry Williams
For centuries, flagstone slabs were muscled from this remote Caithness quarry to pave Scotland's streets and roof its houses.

20 Things To Love About Wigtown
by Stephen McGinty
Like a good novel, Scotland's "Book Town" is thoroughly captivating...with surprises around every corner.