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New issue: Issue 114 is now on sale

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

In 2021 there is so much to look forward to, including the reopening of Scotland to visitors from all over the world. And while we wait for travel corridors to catch up with our exciting plans, we have plenty to keep you entertained in this issue of Scotland magazine.

In ‘Woven into the fabric’, we loved learning about the Outer Hebrides’ most famous export, Harris Tweed, and hearing from some of the skillful islanders involved in its creation today. 

Talking of talent, we recently lost one of Scotland’s greatest stars, Sir Sean Connery. In ‘A life in film’, we celebrate some of his most memorable screen appearances and then discover, thanks to our resident genealogist, some fascinating family history through his mother’s line. 

We also see the return of Kate Francis’s column on life in rural Scotland – the pandemic edition – plus we travel to Port Appin in Argyll and tour Beatrix Potter’s Perthshire. Enjoy!

A taste of issue 114:

Woven into the fabric

Sheep graze on the machair in front of the Harris mountains. Credit: Andrew Ward/Alamy

Made only in the Outer Hebrides, Harris Tweed is a textile that evokes a strong sense of place. We meet the makers and go back in time to learn about the history of this internationally renowned fabric.

Read more here.

Shepherd’s delight

The tractor-pulling competition is a popular event at the annual Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show. Credit: Chris Strickland/Alamy

What began centuries ago as a practical and necessary means to sort stray sheep is now a red-letter date on the calendar for Scottish Borders farmers and visitors alike.

Read more here.

Potter about Perthshire

Dunkeld Bridge crosses the River Tay and was built by Thomas Telford. Credit: iStock

Children’s author Beatrix Potter was inspired by her childhood summer holidays in Perthshire. Come with us on a tour of favourite haunts.

Read more here.

Also inside the issue:

  • The dramatic story of Duart Castle, the seat of Clan Maclean, which has been rescued from ruin
  • Reminisce about 2020’s Celtic Connections music festival, and how to get involved virtually in 021
  • Meet luthier Steve Burnett, who turns dead trees into beautiful musical instruments
  • The turbulent childhood of Scotland’s ‘uncrowned’ king, James I
  • Why George Orwell fled to Jura to complete his final book
  • Was Captain Drummond the villain or scapegoat of the Glencoe Massacre?
  • Inside Edinburgh’s theatrical and flamboyant Witchery hotel
  • Our Master of Malt ponders how whisky has often been used as a political football and cash cow

Buy your copy here (available from December 18th 2020) or subscribe online to have Scotland delivered direct to your door six times a year.

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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.
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.

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