Issue 108 is now on sale!

Welcome to the latest issue of Scotland, where we’re looking forward to the year ahead and all it brings: the changing light and new seasons, the longer days, and exciting new travel plans.

If you’re looking for a fresh adventure for 2020, then a trip along the North Coast 500, which skirts the northern Highlands, taking you past some of Scotland’s most remote beaches and oldest settlements, and offering jaw-dropping views along the way, could be for you. We cover it in issue 108, along with all of this great Scottish history, heritage and travel inspiration.

Look to the skies

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. Credit: Steven Tsang

Fall under Dumfries and Galloway’s winter spell with our guide to this magical region in southwest Scotland. From stargazing to warming up by a roaring fire, few places hold more allure at this time of year than here.

Past, present, future

Culzean Castle and fountain. Credit: © John Hannavy

We explore the century of preservation and protection that has gone into looking after Scotland’s ancient sites.

Beautiful inside & out

The Drawing Room within Marchmont House. Credit: © Dillon Bryden

Talking of which, this issue we were lucky enough to be granted an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Marchmont House, which has one of the finest contemporary art collections of any stately home we’ve seen, plus perfectly-preserved interiors. 

A bagpiper plays at a celebration of poet Robert Burns. Credit:

Also inside the issue:

  • We unveil Aberdeen’s secret son. Many are surprised to learn of Lord Byron’s Scottish roots – we go back to the beginning
  • We explore the origins of the first Kingdom of Scotland, Alba
  • Our resident clans expert delves into the story of one of the most fearsome Borders clans: Clan Bell
  • If you’re not quite ready to let go of winter, then plot an escape to one of Scotland’s cosiest inns
  • Embrace another of Scotland’s peculiar traditions, Burns Night, and find out how you can host your very own authentic Burns supper at home
  • We remember Neptune II, the ship that veered far o course to Scotland 90 years ago
  • Learn why the Linlithgow Cross fountain attracted Cromwell’s wrath
  • Novelist Val McDermid tells us her scenic tale
  • We visit the isle of Uist to hear about crofting life
  • Appreciate the life and works of Adam Smith, one of the most influential Scots who has ever lived
  • And even more. The pages really are packed

Buy your copy here.

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