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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 2016 / Vol. 21 / Number 4


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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Islands Of The Firth
by Keith Aitken
They look empty except for the seabirds, but step ashore and you will see the fingerprint of man everywhere.

Artful Glasgow
by Stephen McGinty
How did a gritty Scottish seaport known for its industrial might become a magnet for artistic achievement?

Eyes Firmly Backward
by Jim Gilchrist
Bo'Ness is a portal to the past, with Victorian steam trains, an Art Deco Hippodrome and Scotland's only silent movie festival.

Highland Kismet
by Terry Williams
When you turn off onto a smaller road, choose the slower route, stop for whatever catches your eye, the magic begins.

The Pull Of St. Andrews
by Stephen McGinty
Golf, higher education and religion draws visitors to the seaside town of St. Andrews like a powerful magnet…just as they have done for 600 years.

Remaking Kelvin Hall
by Jim Gilchrist
Once a venue for sporting events, circuses and even televangelists, Kelvin Hall has been repurposed as a 21st-century museum, archive and learning center.

The Sport Of Kings
by Noah Lederman
In a corner of Perthshire best known for golf, the ancient art of falconry is soaring.