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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Spring is nearly here, summer is on the horizon and we are hopeful that some of our travel plans are finally going to come to fruition. Top of our travel list (when we are allowed) is Aberdeenshire. This issue we explore Royal Deeside, the wild wonderland that took Queen Victoria’s fancy all those years ago.
We’d also love to visit Cape Wrath, the Scottish mainland’s most north-westerly point, though we’ll have to possess a bit of grit and determination to actually get there. In ‘Living on the edge’ we heard from the owner of its one and only cafe and he’s certainly made of sterner stuff than us!
We have to admit, if there’s one thing that’s helped keep our spirits up (excuse the pun) through the pandemic, it’s having a wee dram every now and then, so it was enlightening to speak to some of the distilleries in Speyside, Scotland’s irrefutable whisky heartland.
And until the time when we can see what they’re creating for us at their respective visitor centres, we bring you secret histories and little-known stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat. We found James Gracie’s account of The Chaseabout Raid enthralling. In it he describes how the fearless Mary, Queen of Scots harried her treacherous half-brother!
We hope you enjoy the issue.
Meet the man who is no stranger to isolation: John Ure, owner of the most remote cafe and bunkhouse in the UK at Cape Wrath.
While Scotland’s islands and west coast are regularly lauded for their beaches, Dornoch’s sheltered golden sands, on the east coast of the north Highlands, are not to be overlooked.
We remember the women who became muses to Scotland’s national bard and consider whether Rabbie Burns was more of a rascal or romantic at heart.
What would your dream holiday to Britain include? A trip to Edinburgh, including a tour of its historic castle? A five-star stay in London and tickets to a West End show? How about a stay in the Cotswolds? Well, with our Great British holiday competition, you can win all of this and more.
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Cover information: Balmoral Castle (Credit: Bas Meelker/Shutterstock) and Queen Elizabeth II (Credit: Pictorial
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.