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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Travelling by train has so many advantages: there’s no traffic, time to enjoy the views, stretch your legs and grab some refreshments whenever you want and, after a nap or two, you arrive at your destination feeling remarkably well rested. In this issue we highlight some of the greatest rail journeys in Scotland, from the famous West Highland Line, to the under-the-radar Kyle Line and the ‘Harry Potter’ Jacobite Steam Train, where you can see blockbuster scenery without leaving your seat.
That said, while travel to Scotland is still some way off for some of you, we’ve packed our pages with fascinating stories to entertain you if you’re stuck at home. We summarise three centuries of history to give you a taster of the House of Stuart. Scotland’s royal dynasty is a bottomless mine of unbelievable tales and from next issue we’ll be exploring some of them in our new series, the ‘Secret Stuarts’. Watch this space.
Elsewhere, we meet a modern-day blacksmith who uses traditional techniques to make thoroughly modern artworks and reveal some of the origins of Scotland’s obsession with mythical creatures in ‘A magical mystery tour‘. We hope you enjoy the issue!
Want to know where you can see a unicorn in Scotland or come face-to-face with a selkie? Let us lead the way…
In the centenary year of George Mackay Brown’s birth, we revisit Orkney and view the isles through the eyes of the local-born poet
Survey three centuries of the kings and queens that saw Scotland rise above its clan divisions and move towards a future as rulers of the United Kingdom
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Cover information: Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie near Kyle of Lochalsh © Jan Miracky/AWL Images. Inset: Deborah Kerr © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy
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.