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Previous issue: Last chance to buy issue 118

Scotland is a travel magazine that covers history, traditions and clans too. It’s your last chance to get your hands on our previous issue. Here’s what’s inside

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!

A taste of issue 118:

A magical mystery tour

The Kelpies at the Helix in Falkirk. Credit: Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland

Want to know where you can see a unicorn in Scotland or come face-to-face with a selkie? Let us lead the way…

Read more here.

For the islands he wrote

Portrait of the poet George Mackay Brown (1921-96), taken on Orkney. Credit: Heritage Image Partnership Ltd/Alamy

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

Read more here.

The House of Stuart

Charles II after Peter Lely, c.1675. Credit: National Trust Images/John Hammond

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

Read more here.

Also inside the issue:

  • Kate Francis asks the big questions: Why go abroad when you live in the Highlands?
  • Explore Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Our whisky column investigates what defines ‘craft’ distilleries
  • Welcome to Douneside House, a beautiful Aberdeenshire hotel born out of tragedy
  • Discover the art of bonnet making in ‘Bonnet Toun’, the place most renowned for this traditional craft
  • Learn how the the fate of the Germans’ Second World War U-boat campaign was determined by Orkney’s Scapa Flow
  • Visit Footdee, a former fishing village using creativity to keep Aberdeen’s oil industry at bay
  • Celebrate Deborah Kerr, the glamorous Hollywood star who hailed from Glasgow’s Hillhead
  • Folk musician Ainsley Hamill tells the inspiring tale of Scottish Olympic Gold swimmer, Belle Moore

Buy your copy here (available from 20 August 2021) or subscribe online to have Scotland delivered direct to your door six times a year.

Cover information: Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie near Kyle of Lochalsh © Jan Miracky/AWL Images. Inset: Deborah Kerr © Everett Collection Inc/Alamy

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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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