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Issue 92 - We've got mail

Scotland Magazine Issue 92
April 2017


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A selection of messages from our readers across the globe

SIR — So recently I found your Scotland Magazine very interesting indeed. Is there any way of having a copy describing Fort William? I’ve spent a few coach tour holidays there with WA Shearings and now, as my daughter and her family are off to Scotland, I wonder if any of your magazines have looked at the town? Also, is there any way of getting back copies? I do hope you can help me.
Mrs Matchett, Berkshire, UK

First of all, I can con rm that we can most certainly supply readers with back issues. You may browse previous issues on our website,, and buy them through our online shop. Alternatively, you may contact our circulation manager, Richard Drake (, who can help with orders of more than ve copies. Of particular interest to you may be a feature that appeared back in Scotland Magazine #29, when Sally Toms looked at Fort William with reference to its status as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK'. But until you have that issue in hand, here’s some information about the town to tide you over. — Christopher

Fort William is the largest town in the Western Highlands and started life as just a few houses huddled next to a fort on Loch Linnhe. The Fort was called Fort William, after William of Orange, and the town Maryburgh after his wife. Together with Fort Augustus and Fort George, Fort William was the lowest outpost of a chain of Government defences intended to suppress the ‘savage’ clans during the 17th Century. The remains of the fort are often missed by visitors, but can be found a few yards from the main road passing along the shores of the loch. Today, Fort William is the second to largest settlement in the Highlands, and is a major base for tourism — particular of the 'outdoorsy' kind. Ben Nevis, or 'the Ben' as it is fondly known locally, dominates the skyline from the town, rising 4,406 feet (1,344 metres) from the shores of Loch Linnhe. Thousands of visitors to Fort William are resolved to climb it each year, and there is a well trodden footpath to the summit from Acintee. It takes about four hours to climb.

Fort William also marks the end of the West Highland Way, Scotland's oldest and most popular long distance walk, and there are all sorts of other outdoor activities available in the area. The West Highland Museum, in the centre of the town, is an excellent way to get to know the history of the area and its people, and also has some fascinating exhibits relating to the fort, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites.

SIR — I just discovered your magazine, started my subscription and got my rst issue. Wow, I loved every page of it and read it all, even all the ads! I am 77 years old and have been doing genealogy since I was 12. My maternal family is all from Scotland. My mother’s name was Mudena Morrison, and I have a McRae ancestor who lived in Eilean Donan (as bodyguards to the MacKenzie family). Your article on Eilean Donan (Scotland Magazine #87) was great. I have been twice on great trips to the Highlands of Scotland. Now that I am no longer travelling, to read about Scottish places is just wonderful. Thank you so much.
R Rosenberg, Michigan, USA

Thank you very much for your kind words. It really does mean a lot to hear from readers, and I’m very pleased that Scotland Magazine has helped you relive some of your past travels in this great nation. As I’m sure you can imagine, I consider it a great privilege to be able to spend my working life sharing the history and landscape of Scotland with passionate people like yourself, who hail from across the globe. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy future issues just as much! — Christopher

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