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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.


Spring 2013 / Vol. 18 / Number 1


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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The Muckle Town
by Candace Leslie
Called muckle (big) because of its sprawling fairs in earlier times, Langholm still offers visitors outsized enjoyment.

The Royal Highland Show
by Keith Aitken
Edinburgh's great celebration of all things agricultural is a spectacle even city folks can enjoy.

Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?
by Jim Gilchrist
This year Scotland celebrates the bicentennial of a humble lad who became a national hero and a worldwide celebrity.

Soaring Above The Highlands & Islands
by James Crawford
Scotland's National Collection of Aerial Photography provides a stunning new perspective on an ancient land.

Scotland's Favorite Garden
by Terry Williams
With 20 acres of plantings set against the backdrop of Skye and the sea, Attadale Gardens has captured the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere.

20 Things To Love About North Berwick & Beyond
by Stephen McGinty
This pleasant seaside town has appeal in spades, from rich history to the best ice cream van in the world.

The Heart Of Sutherland Country
by Bruce MacGregor Sandison
The Dukes of Sutherland have dominated the conversation in and around Golspie for centuries...and it's easy to see why.