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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

Though the world is slowly waking from its lockdown slumber, and you may be making tentative travel plans, we’re still a little bit away from a return to (relative) normality.

While we dream of future travels, we can’t help but look back at some of our most memorable trips in and around Scotland. In Memories of Arran our writer describes how a first visit to the west coast island stirred something in him, and when he returned some years later, he appreciated what he saw with new-found wisdom. Proof, if needed, that it’s always worth revisiting somewhere we hold fond.

Sometimes a place has such an impact on us that we feel forever bound, as the writer of Orkney casts its spell can attest. She describes her first visit to the Orkney Islands, a trip that had such a profound effect on her and her partner that when they decided to get married a few years later, it was to Orkney that they returned.

We also cover some lesser-known stories of Scotland’s history and heritage, a taster of which can be found below.

The Scottish incident

Balmoral Castle. Credit: Gimas/Shutterstock

How a holiday at Balmoral proved disastrous for the reputation of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.

Read more here.

The days when Wick was dry

Credit: KGPA Ltd/Alamy

We tell the little-known story of prohibition in the Caithness fishing port of Wick between 1922 and 1947.

Read more here.

The heart of Scotland

Stirling Castle has been a royal residence since the 12th century. Credit: Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam

From Stirling Castle through Blair Castle and from the Cairngorms to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, a new route aims to turn the spotlight on an often underrated part of Scotland when travel opens up again.

Read more here.

Also inside the issue:

  • As her 70th birthday approaches, a celebration of Princess Anne’s affection for Scotland
  • An analysis of ‘Parcel of rogues’, one of Robert Burns’ poems. What was his political stance to the Union of 1707?
  • Discover how integral the vision of Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandfather was to the development of Scotland’s lighthouses
  • The meaning behind a monument dedicated to the original British Commando Forces, who underwent intense training in Lochaber during WWII.
  • How the medieval King Malcom III paved the way for many of the accomplishments of his son, David I
  • A potted history of the sporran and when and how to wear one
  • An armchair tour of Scone Palace, whose grounds include an ancient coronation site of Scotland’s kings
  • How burial records could be the key to tracing your ancestry
  • Future tours, a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, gifts to your door and more

Buy your copy here (available from 19 June 2020) or subscribe online to have every issue delivered direct to you 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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