The new issue of Scotland is out now. We’ve packed it with historic tales, stories of Scottish heritage, age-old traditions and travel inspiration. Find out what’s inside here
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If there’s one thing Scottish people are good at above all else, it’s telling a good story. Be it fact or fiction, passing down tales of long ago is one of the things that enriches our country’s culture. This issue, we’re exploring some of the most enduring Scottish myths and legends, that help keep the magic of our past alive, from King Arthur to mysterious seal maidens or ‘selkies.’
Another story that has shaped the history of our country, is that of the Saltire flag, the symbol of Scotland and everything it stands for. As the national Flag Heritage Centre reopens after renovation in the birthplace of the flag, we uncover the epic tale behind the iconic white cross with a sky blue background, and what it really stands for.
If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten track travel inspiration, with your culture-fix thrown in, we also explore the under-visited region of Galloway, home to gorgeous gardens, standing stones, ancient abbeys and Scotland’s famous book town.
In this Platinum Jubilee year, this issue we’ve traced Her Majesty The Queen’s story in Scotland. If you’ve ever wondered what her duties are in Scotland, or where she spends her time when the work is done, we reveal all in The Queen in Scotland.
Plus, if you’d like the chance to add a little opulence to your next Scottish trip then enter our competition to win a Luxury Scotland getaway!
Author Helen Fields takes us on a tour of Scotland and some of the most enduring and intriguing Scottish myths and legends.
As Scotland’s Flag Heritage Centre reopens after major restoration, we uncover the fascinating history of Scotland’s national symbol and the meaning behind it.
We take a tour through the under-visited region of Galloway, home to gorgeous gardens, standing stones, ancient abbeys, and Scotland’s famous book town.
Ever wondered what are the duties of the Queen in Scotland or where she spends her time when the work is done? Read on and all will be revealed…
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Now owned by Sir Andy Murray, the history of the Cromlix hotel is one of church, court and power
Alison Hughes follows her family’s story in rural Aberdeenshire and falls in love with the region
We meet Seumas Campbell, a farmer continuing the family tradition on Skye, and his lovely sheep dogs
We discover the unassuming fishing village of St Abbs, on Berwickshire’s smugglers’ trail
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Cover information: Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s summer residence in Aberdeenshire © 2016 Gimas/Shutterstock. Inset: Her Majesty The Queen at Holyrood Palace in June 2022 © 2022 Max Mumby/ Indigo/GettyImages
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.
Scotland magazine captures the spirit of this wild and wonderful nation, explores its history and heritage and recommends great places to visit, so you feel at home here, wherever you are in the world.