New issue: Issue 131 is here! - Scotland Magazine

New issue: Issue 131 is here!

Our November/December issue is here! This issue we explore some fascinating clan history and discover some of the best reasons to visit Scotland in winter… We love this time of…

Our November/December issue is here! This issue we explore some fascinating clan history and discover some of the best reasons to visit Scotland in winter…

We love this time of year, when the weather cools, colours change, with lots of excuses to curl up by the fireside with a good book. It’s also a time when we believe Scotland comes into her own. Give us frosty woodland walks, icy lochs, and hillsides with a generous dusting of snow or tearful faces any day. This issue you can read about some of the other reasons we think visiting Scotland out of season is an excellent idea.

And, this issue we reveals some of the clan history and folklore linked to Loch Awe and the evocative ruins of Kilchurn Castle – our cover star! Meanwhile, we visit the relatively unknown coast of Easter Ross. 

Plus, we continue our series on Scotland’s Kings and Queens with some of the most complex Scottish medieval kings, including Robert the Bruce and John Balliol.

And, you could be in with a chance of winning a luxurious stay in Edinburgh!

Get your copy of the issue here. 

Cover information: The dramatic ruins of 15th-century Kilchurn Castle reflect onto the still waters of Loch Awe. Read about this area and its fascinating history on page 16. © Tom Mackie/AWL Images

A taste of issue 131

Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe: Clan legends

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Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe. Credit: Alan Novelli / Alamy

The Celtic legends and clan connections of Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe can be discovered by road, rail, and boat, according to our local expert.

Read more here. 

Scotland in winter: Northern Lights to fireside drams

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Kinloch Lodge in the snow.

From the Northern Lights to festive traditions and fireside drams, here are five reasons to visit Scotland in winter…

Read more here.

The Kings of Scotland: Balliol vs Bruce

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A portrait of Robert the Bruce on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Credit: Royal Collection Trusr/His Majesty King Charles III/Palace of Holyroodhouse

From John Balliol to Robert the Bruce: here we look at four of the most complex medieval Kings of Scotland.

Read more here. 

Easter Ross: A Highland secret


Characterised by abundant farmland and the water that encloses it, Easter Ross is a region rich in history that rewards time and exploration.

Read more here. 

Win a luxurious stay in Edinburgh

Walk Prestonfield House, Edinburgh. Photograph David Cheskin.06.2021

We’re offering you the chance to win a two-night break plus a decadent dinner at Edinburgh’s iconic Prestonfield House. Here’s how to enter…

Read more here.

Also inside the issue:

  • We tell the life story of Scotland’s first female MP, Kitty, Duchess of Atholl, a past resident of Blair Castle in Perthshire

  • Jeremy Flint discovers how a unique form of barley still milled in Orkney is a link to the islands’ past

  • Our writer reports on the reopening of a museum in one of Scotland’s most sacred landscapes, Kilmartin

  • The legacy of the divisive General Wade is in the roads and bridges that cross Scotland

  • Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean, shares two of his favourite festive Hogmanay recipes

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Published six times a year, every issue of Scotland showcases its stunning landscapes and natural  beauty, and delves deep into Scottish history. From mysterious clans and famous Scots (both past and present), to the hidden histories of the country’s greatest castles and houses, Scotland‘s pages brim with the soul and secrets of the country.
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