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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 2018 / Vol. 23 / 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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V&A Dundee Cessford Castle Culzean Castle Inverness Scotland

Photos © Paul Stafford; T. R. Gordon; The National Trust For Scotland, Culzean Castle


A Landmark Opens
by Paul Stafford
Dundee's new V&A Museum is a symbol of Scottish inventiveness and harbinger of a city's rebirth.

Golfing At The Top Of The World
by Tom Coyne
A golfer's quest to play every links course in Scotland brings him to Britain's most northerly fairways in the remote Shetland archipelago.

The Courtyard House
by Jim Gilchrist
Riddle's Court, hidden behind Edinburgh's Royal Mile, has hosted merchants, kings, paupers and philosophers - and each has left a mark.

20 Borders Attractions (You've Never Heard About)
by T. R. Gordon
Tucked away along minor roads and in small villages are obscure and fascinating diversions

The Monster Hunt
by Paul Stafford
Since in the 1930s, the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster has been both relentless and inconclusive.

The Many Faces Of Culzean
by Stephen McGinty
Culzean Castle evolved from an impressive defensive fortress to a symbol of wealth, good taste and power.

Growing, Glowing Inverness
by Stephen McGinty
Inverness has always been historic and charming, but a recent influx of newcomers has added a cosmopolitan sheen to its familiar contours