Scotland Magazine

January/February 2022

Published 6 times a year every issue of Scotland Magazine delves in to the history of Scotland; from the mysterious clans to the great leaders, from the spirited creative individuals to the historical life of Scotland’s greatest castles and houses. Filled with the wonderful hidden secrets of the country, Scotland Magazine captures the spirit of this great nation, explores its history and heritage and recommends great places to visit.

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editor’s letter

This issue we’ve gone a little castle crazy, because who doesn’t love a castle, particularly one you can cosy down in as the wind and snow battle each other outside? In Fairytale Fonab (p32) you can enter our competition for a chance of winning a stay in a romantic castle in the Perthshire countryside – an idyllic Highlands hideaway, we think you’ll agree. Meanwhile, in Turrets & tee time (p22), discover one of Scotland’s most picturesque castle hotels, Glenapp Castle, and one of its most luxurious golf hotels: Ayrshire’s tasteful Turnberry. At Armadale Castle on Skye’s Sleat Peninsula, which you can read all about in The beautiful south (p14), there’s no chance of getting snug, since the castle where Flora Macdonald wed in 1750 now stands in ruin. However, just a couple of…

clan courier

[QUEEN’S JUBILEE] THE ULTIMATE STYLE QUEEN In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, and like all the other royal palaces, the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be celebrating her remarkable reign. From July 2022 to September 2022, visitors to the palace will be able to view a display of outfits worn by Her Majesty on occasions to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, included with the normal entry fee. One of the outfits on display is the dress, coat and stole Her Majesty wore to mark her Silver Jubilee in 1977 [pictured], designed by the royal courtier Sir Hardy Amies. Cut from pink silk crepe and chiffon and complemented with a matching hat designed by Simone Mirman, with flowerheads hanging from silk stems, it was quite the showpiece. Her Majesty…

scotland’s oldest clan chief dies

Captain Alwyne Farquharson MC, 16th Laird of Invercauld and Chief of Clan Farquharson, has died at the age of 102. Alwyne, who died on 6 October 2021 at his home in Valley Farm, Norfolk, is believed to have been Scotland’s oldest and longest serving clan chief and was chieftain of the Ballater Highland Games on Deeside for 73 years. He served in the Second World War and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery during the Normandy Landings. As Clan Chief, Alwyne was always keen to meet clan members from across the world. A memorial will be held at Braemar Castle in Aberdeenshire during the Clan Farquharson Gathering in the second week of August 2022 and a stone will be laid at the Clan Cairn, Carn-na-Cuimhne, in his memory.…

islanders take on airbnb

A new holiday lettings site has launched that aims to rival tech giants like Airbnb and put more money back into islanders’ pockets. Like other bookings companies, IsleHoliday, will take a commission from holiday lets. However, instead of the money profiting large, faceless companies, all profits will be reinvested in the island communities, via the Isle Develop fund. As well as helping support local communities, booking through IsleHoliday will also give travellers access to genuine and invaluable local knowledge. Rhoda Meek, founder of Isle Develop CIC, said: “All of our Directors and staff are islanders – we know our Bernerays from our Burras! By working together with accommodation providers and local organisations, we can offer rich information about island life before visitors arrive.”…

and i would walk 5,000 miles…

A Perthshire man is undertaking a huge coast-to-coast hike across Canada to raise awareness and money for rewilding projects in Scotland. Michael Yellowlees, a 32-year-old musician from Dunkeld in Perthshire, is following in the walking boots of the legendary Scots naturalist John Muir, who completed a similar feat in 1867…and then some. While Muir travelled 1,000 miles from Kentucky to the Gold Coast in the United States, Yellowlees is covering some 5,000 miles from Canada’s Pacific coastline to Newfoundland on the edge of the North Atlantic. Yellowlees is hiking with his faithful dog, Luna, and is raising funds for Highlands-based rewilding charity Trees for Life, supporting its work in restoring Scotland’s Caledonian Forest, at a time when the world is on high alert over climate chaos and biodiversity loss. You can support Michael and…

dates for your

SCOTLAND Until 27 March 2022 SCOTLAND’S CLIMATE CHALLENGE, EDINBURGH This National Museum exhibition considers how Scotland is tackling the climate crisis. Until 17 April 2022 THE TYPEWRITER REVOLUTION, EDINBURGH Another National Museum exhibition, which examines the social and technological impact of typewriters. 27 April to 2 May 2022 SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE This year’s events programme, across 51 distilleries, will shortly be announced online. 27 May to 4 June 2022 THE ISLAY FESTIVAL No longer a virtual event, visitors flock to the Whisky Isle to fill up on island life. 28-29 May 2022 ATHOLL HIGHLANDERS PARADE & GATHERING, PERTHSHIRE Blair Castle welcomes this annual Highland games back for the full weekend in 2022. US & CANADA 4-6 March 2022 NORTH TEXAS IRISH FESTIVAL, TX This Irish and Celtic festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. 5-6 March 2022 PHOENIX SCOTTISH GAMES, AZ A new venue of Gilbert Regional Park brings this games…