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History & Heritage - Regional Focus

History & Heritage

Welcome to the Scotland School and find out more about the history and heritage of the nation from a wide range of in-depth articles that have appeared in Scotland Magazine over the last decade.


Regional Focus

Aberdeen & Grampian – Northern delights
Aberdeen and the Grampians are a fascinating mix of land and sea. Sally Toms reports

October 2005, Issue 23, page 35

Aberdeen & Grampian – the land of castles
We take a trip through this north east corner of Scotland.

February 2010, Issue 49, page 31

Aberdeen & Grampian – where to eat
Atlantis Restaurant, Mariner Hotel Great Western Road, Aberdeen Mix of seafood and Scottish-themed food as well as some classic lamb and steak offerings. Reasonably priced. T...

November 2007, Issue 35, page 37

Aberdeen & Grampian – where to stay
Atholl Hotel Aberdeen Specialises in hearty and traditional Scottish food and furnishing. Comfortable and reasonably priced. Tel: +44 (0)1224 323 505 Cluny Bank Hotel Forres ...

November 2007, Issue 35, page 36

Aberdeen & Grampian – wild country
Few areas offer as much variety to the rambler as Aberdeen and the Grampians. Whether it is history, scenery or even whisky, the region is unparalleled. Dominic Roskrow reports

November 2007, Issue 35, page 31

Aberdeen and Grampian – rugged, remote and remarkable
It's a vast area to cover in one issue, but the mainland that makes up the Grampians is a gateway to Orkney and the Shetlands. Gavin Smith reports

November 2003, Issue 11, page 46

Argyll & Bute
Where to eat The Anchorage Restaurant Harbour Street, Tarbert Small, intimate restaurant producing fresh, colourful food with the accent on seafood, beef and lamb cooked in a simple, classic style. T...

February 2007, Issue 31, page 34

Argyll – first great homes of the Scots
Dominic Roskrow looks at how the stunning region of Argyll and the isles has played a role in modern Scotland's development

September 2003, Issue 10, page 46

Argyll – the best of three worlds
Argyll has something for everyone, offering visitors a taste of the very best of Scotland. Dominic Roskrow reports

February 2007, Issue 31, page 31

Arran – walk this way
The Isle of Arran is best experienced on foot. Dominic Roskrow reports

April 2007, Issue 32, page 32

Ayrshire & Arran
There are countless hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing opportunities in the area. Sally Toms provides a selection

July 2005, Issue 21, page

Ayrshire & Arran
Where to stay Arran Argentine House Whiting Bay Seaside home in a pleasant setting and rated for its food including a good range of vegetarian options. Tel: +44 (0)1770 700 662

April 2007, Issue 32, page 34

Ayrshire & Arran – wonders of the western coast
Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran on Scotland's west coast offer all that is best about Scotland in one place, says Sally Toms.

February 2009, Issue 43, page 31

Ayrshire and Arran – land of inspiration
There's much more to Ayrshire than Robert Bruce - though he is a crucial component. David Gordon reports.

March 2004, Issue 13, page 47

Ayrshire and Arran – something for everyone
Ayrshire and Arran don't enjoy as much attention as destinations further North, but they have a lot to offer

July 2005, Issue 21, page 34

Caithness – the wild North
Neil Gunn explores the wonders of Scotland's most northerly region, Caithness

April 2007, Issue 32, page 26

Caithness, Sutherland & Ross-Shire
Exploring the Northern Highlands The region of Caithness and Sutherland and over to Ross & Cromarty is stunningly and exhilarating. Dominic Roskrow reports. There is no feeling quite like it. It's a...

March 2008, Issue 37, page 32

Caithness, Sutherland & Ross-Shire – where to visit, eat and stay
Where to visit Assynt Visitor Centre Lochinver Sets the scene for the geology and wildlife of the area. Tel: +44 (0)1571 844 330 Badbea Clearance Village Nr Helmsdale A walking trail round a deserted...

March 2008, Issue 37, page 34

Cowal and Bute
Sally Toms picks a few of the best hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions in the area

March 2005, Issue 19, page 40

Cowal and Bute – Beauty and adventure on Glasgow's doorstep
You don't have to go to the Hebrides for a Scottish ferry-hopping holiday, as Ian R Mitchell explains. Cowal and Bute have castles, stately homes, churches and grand walks nearer to hand

March 2005, Issue 19, page 36

Dumfries & Galloway – castles, books and single malts
Tom Gillespie explores Scotland's hidden Dumfries & Galloway

January 2005, Issue 18, page 35

Dumfries & Galloway – forget the cliches
Secret? Not for long. Dumfries and Galloway is bursting at the seams with everything to make a family holiday, romantic break or anything in between

June 2002, Issue 2, page 50

Dundee & the Kingdom of Fife
Sally Toms provides a selection of places to visit, places to eat and places to stay in the region

August 2005, Issue 22, page 37

Dundee & the Kingdom of Fife – ancient and Royal land
Charles Douglas explores Dundee and the Kingdom of Fife.

August 2009, Issue 46, page 28

Edinburgh & Lothians – protecting the capital
Charles Douglas takes us on a journey through this varied part of Scotland.

April 2010, Issue 50, page 31

Edinburgh & the Lothians
Where to eat, visit and stay in Edinburgh & the Lothians

December 2006, Issue 30, page 34

Edinburgh – a perfect day
Edinburgh is one of the world's great capital cities, and its sites well documented. Dominic Roskrow plans an indulgent and less obvious day out there

December 2006, Issue 30, page 31

Edinburgh – a truly capital city
Alison Thomas ensures that you won't be at a loss in Scotland's capital city, armed with a selection of the best places to stay, eat and visit

November 2002, Issue 5, page 50

Edinburgh – Athens of the North
Kate Patrick explains what makes Edinburgh such a magnificent and lively city, sublimely combining the modern with the ancient

November 2002, Issue 5, page 46

Edinburgh – culture in the capital
Edinburgh is world famous for its festivals and its history. But it has a comtemporary artistic side too. Dominic Roskrow reports.

June 2008, Issue 39, page 32

Edinburgh – So much more than a castle
Roddy Martine has spent most of his life in Edinburgh and loves it. Here he explains why.

May 2004, Issue 14, page 46

Edinburgh – what to do and see
National Galleries of Scotland The Mound Tel: +44 (0)131 624 6200 The Collective Gallery Cockburn Street Tel: +44 (0)131 220 1260 Royal Scottish A...

June 2008, Issue 39, page 34

Edinburgh – where to eat
9 Cellars Restaurant & Bar York Place The head chef won the international Indian chef of the year last year. Excellent and unconventional Indian food. The Goan fish is particularly recommended Tel: +4...

June 2008, Issue 39, page 36

Edinburgh – where to stay
Swallow Albany Albany Street Georgian townhouse in a quiet location but close to the city centre. Its restaurant is highly regarded, its luxury rooms impressive. Twentyone tastefully decorated rooms T...

June 2008, Issue 39, page 35

Fife & Dundee
What to do Dundee Camperdown Park Coupar Angus Road A country and leisure park with a range of activities including golf. Great for walking. Tel: +44 (0)1382 431 818 Dundee Co...

June 2007, Issue 33, page 34

Fife & Dundee – three's a crowd
The east coast north of Edinburgh is dominated by three vastly disparate towns. Dominic Roskrow explains why that is good for visitors

June 2007, Issue 33, page 32

Fife – a Kingdom to explore
A journey from Edinburgh to Dundee is an ideal way to discover the Kingdom of Fife. Dominic Roskrow reports

August 2005, Issue 22, page 33


May 2003, Issue 8, page 46

Glasgow & the Clyde Valley – the Western gateway
We take a trip through Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.

December 2009, Issue 48, page 31

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley
The best places to visit, stay and eat, by Kate Ennis

July 2004, Issue 15, page 50

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley – culture on the Clyde
Glasgow may not be the obvious destination in Europe for a cultural city break but it has enough art, architecture and style to rival the likes of Barcelona argues Kate Ennis

July 2004, Issue 15, page 46

Glasgow – a free spirit
Tom Bruce-Gardyne takes a swift trip back in time on contemporary Glasgow's streets

March 2002, Issue 1, page 42

Glasgow – at a glance
Happening Glaswegians include actors Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) and John Hannah (The Mummy Returns), Sharleen Spiteri (singer with band Texas), Daniela Nardini (actress), Howie B (musician), write...

March 2002, Issue 1, page 50

Glasgow – Bonny & Clyde
Architecture, resturants, pubs, clubs, parks, meseums, galleries... Glasgow has it all, and plenty more besides.

March 2002, Issue 1, page 46

Glasgow – city rhythms
Edinburgh might claim to have the picture book history, but Glasgow is the pulsing heart not just of Scotland but arguably of Britain too. Dominic Roskrow reports

April 2008, Issue 38, page 31

Glasgow – riverside city
Glasgow has long been a city worth seeing. But now, says Rob Allanson, it's making use of its past and focusing its appeal on the Clyde

April 2006, Issue 26, page 33

Glasgow – what to do and see
Carling Academy Eglinton Street Features major national and international bands Tel: +44 (0)141 418 3000 Babbity Bowsters Blackfriars Street Glasgow institution with traditi...

April 2008, Issue 38, page 34

Highlands – true contrast in remote Scotland
The top third of Scotland is often grouped together but as Ian Buxton reports, the region is diverse and impressive

June 2006, Issue 27, page 32

Inverness & the Highlands – Highland gateway
Charles Douglas explores Inverness and the Highlands.

October 2009, Issue 47, page 31


July 2003, Issue 9, page 46

Orkney & Shetland – Other worlds...
The Shetland isles and the Orkney isles are both far enough away to have carved out unique personalities, but near enough to get to and enjoy easily. Dominic Roskrow reports

February 2006, Issue 25, page 33

Perthshire & Kinross
Perthshire & Kinross is the perfect destination for a healthy, happy and inexpensive summer holiday as our man discovers.

December 2007, Issue 36, page 32

Perthshire & Kinross – out and about in Scotland
Where to visit Adventure Park at Active Kid Toys Stanley, Perth Large children's play area with fort and go kart track. Café overlooks it so you can relax as the children play Tel: +44 (0)1738 827 2...

December 2007, Issue 36, page 34

Perthshire – exploring the heart of Scotland
Charles Douglas looks at the landscape and lore of Perthshire.

June 2009, Issue 45, page 26

Perthshire – Scotland's Land of Diversity
Tom Bruce Gardyne reveals the mystery of a landlocked county linking lowland Scotland to the Highlands

March 2003, Issue 7, page 46

Perthshire – Scotland's ‘big county'
Perthshire has often found itself at the epicentre of Scottish events, not least because of its geographical location. Ian Buxton acts as tour guide

January 2006, Issue 24, page 33

Skye & the Western Isles
Skye and the Western Isles take some reaching, but the journey is worth it. Dominic Roskrow explores the region

October 2006, Issue 29, page 30

Skye & the Western Isles
Where to visit Skye The Cuillins Impressive mountain range in the south of the island which should be respected. World class climbing for the expert, challenging walking for the fit. Great views...

October 2006, Issue 29, page 34

Speyside – a golden triangle
Speyside is a magical mix of the very best of Scotland - and on top of that, it's the sunniest part of the country.

July 2002, Issue 3, page 50

Speyside – castles and whisky
Gavin D Smith explores the history and wonder of one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations

July 2002, Issue 3, page 46

Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Sally Toms provides another round-up of the area's top restaurants, hotels and visitor attractions

April 2005, Issue 20, page 37

Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are within easy reach of Glasgow but offer solitude and scenery. Dominic Roskrow reports

August 2007, Issue 34, page 31

Stirling, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs – Scotland's heart
Charles Douglas explores Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. An area with a varied landscape and boundless history.

April 2009, Issue 44, page 28

Stirling, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs – where all of Scotland meets
Dominic Roskrow argues that the area between Loch Lomond and Stiirling encapsulates all facets of Scotland

April 2005, Issue 20, page 34

The best places to visit, stay and eat, by Sally Toms

September 2004, Issue 16, page 38

Sutherland – seeing the sights
Sally Toms reports on the isolation, history, and variety of this unique Scottish landscape

September 2004, Issue 16, page 35

The Borders – bordering on the magnificent
Many looking north from Edinburgh and Glasgow miss out on the areas bordering England. What a shame, says Steve Newman

January 2004, Issue 12, page 46

The Borders – the beautiful South
This year will see the spotlight shine fully on the Borders and the south of Scotland. Dominic Roskrow explains why.

December 2008, Issue 42, page 31

The Borders – what to do, where to eat and stay
WHAT TO DO Bowhill House and Country Park Selkirk 19th century house in beautiful surroundings Tel: +44 (0)1750 22 204 Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre Jedburgh Lots of walks, regular events, b...

December 2008, Issue 42, page 35

The Hebrides – Hebridean Voyage
Ian Mitchell, native islander and author, introduces the fascinating history and culture of the Hebrides

February 2003, Issue 6, page 46

Western Isles – Island of lost souls
Sally Toms extolls the virtues of one of Scotland's last true Gaelic outposts

November 2004, Issue 17, page 36

Western Isles – island paradise
The islands of Scotland's west coast share a rugged wildness but are marked by their amazing diversity too. Dominic Roskrow reports.

October 2008, Issue 41, page 31