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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 2019 / Vol. 24 / 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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West Island Way People's Palace Museum lambing season Kirkcudbright

The West Island Way
by Paul Stafford
To experience the Isle of Bute's stunning coastline, open farmlands, moors and forest tracks, just follow the walking path's signs.

Glasgow's Time Machine
by Paul Stafford
The way Glaswegians lived, worked, played and prayed over the centuries has been lovingly preserved at the Peopleís Palace museum.

Lambing Time
by T. R. Gordon
The hectic months of lambing season can make or break a farmís entire year.

Fortress On The Clyde
by Stephen McGinty
Dumbarton Castle has been a royal residence, sanctuary, prison, military base and the object of countless sieges.

20 Things To Love About Perthshire
by Stephen McGinty
With one foot in the Highlands and one in the Lowlands, Perthshire happily shows visitors the best of both worlds.

Master Of The Fiddle
by Jim Gilchrist
Niel Gow has inspired an annual music festival, influenced students around the world and now, more than 200 years after his death, will soon be immortalized in bronze.

The Warm Glow Of Kirkcudbright
by Stephen McGinty
The inspirational scenery and painterly light of this charming fishing village has been a magnet for artists and visitors alike.