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Issue 64 - A Nation's Pride

Scotland Magazine Issue 64
August 2012


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A Nation's Pride

It is not just Scotland Magazine that is celebrating a milestone

We are honoured that you have joined us for what has been 10 years of some of the best photography and writing about Scotland there is. No stone of history has been left unturned by our writing team; no corner of this beautiful country has escaped the lenses of our dedicated photographers, all in the aid of bringing you the best coverage.

In fact we aim to give you the best experience we can on paper to entice you to visit and experience this gorgeous land yourselves. Find out what it is like to stand on Culloden Moor in the pouring rain or whipping hail of late winter (it does not seem to have the same feeling in bright sunshine), the ghosts of so many surrounding you; to bask in the late summer sun on one of the Hebridean beaches that can rival the Caribbean or just soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere and history of one of the big cities. For a small nation there is plenty of offer for everyone and enough to pack your holiday with some excellent memories.

If you are planning a trip it might be worth noting there will soon be some serious marker stones in the nation's history.

Next year, in September 2013, is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden. This was a Scottish tragedy and effectively shaped the nation's future.

The battle, which took place in Northumbria in Northern England, involved the death of 10,000 common soldiers, nearly 100 noblemen and the Scottish King, James IV. Its influence shaped British politics for the next 100 years, culminating with the union of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603 and the Act of Union in 1707.

The other big event comes in June 2014 with the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. This battle was a significant Scottish victory and a decisive battle in the Wars of Scottish Independence. This brought the independence William Wallace had fought for and led to Bruce eventually becoming the undisputed King of Scotland.

These are just two excellent reasons of many to organise your trip to Scotland.

Of course we are only as good as our next magazine, but we pledge to continue to bring you the best informed writing and stunning photography during the next 10 years, making Scotland Magazine your invaluable guide and companion to this great nation.