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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 2017 / Vol. 22 / 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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Harris Tweed Cairngorms Sterling Castle Traquair house

The Great Wilderness
by Terry Williams
The open lands near Little Loch Broom in the Highlands are an unspoiled place where sheep range freely and the sounds of nature fill the air.

The Fabric Of The Hebrides
by Paul Stafford
In solitary outposts all across Lewis and Harris, tweed is being made by slowly by hand, just as it was a century ago.

In The Heart Of The Highlands
by Stephen McGinty
Spanning nearly 1,750 square miles, the Cairngorm National Park is both vast and wondrous.

The Engine Shed
by Jim Gilchrist
Inside an old military base, historic buildings are being preserved through technology, showmanship and old-fashioned education.

History Galore!
by Madeleine Bunting
The island of Eriskay has grabbed the Scottish consciousness over the centuries in a way few other locales have.

Where Highlands Meet Lowlands
by Keith Aitken
Since the country's earliest days, Stirling has been a place where momentous battles were fought, kings held court...and now, visitors flock.

Welcome To Traquair
by Stephen McGinty
Traquair House has been visited by 27 Scottish royals over the centuries, which may explain why its current residents are such good hosts.