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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 2015 / Vol. 20 / Number 4


Notes From The Isles
by Kate Francis
An Island Journal

Bens & Glens & Heroes
News from Scotland

The Noble Instrument
by Robert Wallace
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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Where The Road Ends
by Ben Williams
The Ardnamurchan Peninsula occupies an empty edge of Scotland, where residents and visitors alike embrace its remoteness.

The Treasures Of Brodie Castle
by Philip Paris
The Brodie family called this castle home for eight centuries, so not surprisingly it is filled to overflowing with priceless collections.

The Last Lifeboat
by Ben Nimmo
The St. Abbs lifeboat station has been saving lives for 104 years, but in the end, it was not able to save itself.

Orkney’s Heart Of Stone
by Jim Gilchrist
The Orkney archipelago has been inhabited for at least 8,500 years, and the treasures left behind still have the power to amaze.

The House Of The Binns
by Stephen McGinty
Only a house this big could suit the larger-than-life Dalyell family, who have lived here for 400 years while occupying Scotland's center stage.

Riding The Postbus
by Terry Williams
It may not be the fastest way to get around, but seeing the Highlands aboard the Royal Mail Postbus is an adventure.

The Hollow Mountain
by Keith Aitken
Deep inside Ben Cruachan is a most improbable tourist attraction -- an enormous power storage system that thrills even the technophobe.