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Focus On Sheltand Your 14 pages of the best to see and do on Scotland’s northern archipelago

 My Scotland Outlander’s Graham McTavish shares his favourite places around the country

#OutAndAboutScotland The best pics shared with us this month on social media

A golden opportunity The home of golf gets ready for St Andrews Golf Week, a major event in its calendar

Spurtles At The Ready Celebrating 30 years of the World Porridge Making Championships



Scotland The Brand: The story behind Highland Spring



Red Deer Pinewood Wildlife writer Jim Crumley on close encounters with red deer during rutting season

Reclaiming Ulva Could you answer the call to settle on this community-owned island?

The Big Interview TV star John Michie, best known for Taggart and Holby City, shares his career story

Through The Veil The Scots who reached through to the spiritual realm

Scottish Bookshelf Top new releases and recommendations

Sound of Scotland Broken Records discuss their “best-ever” release




Supernatural Scotland

Welcome to our bumper Hallowe’en issue which uncovers Scotland’s spookiest stories, from cannibals to curses…


Travellers’ Tales Unexplained encounters on road and rail

The Cannibal Clan The horrific legend of murderous Sawney Bean and his family

Strange Visions The 17th-century Brahan Seer’s prophecies are still coming true today

Quartet Of Curses Four of the most famous Scottish curses – and what happened to the victims

The Hidden World The reverend trapped in the land of the fairies

Away With The Fairies A tour of wee folk hotspots and legends

A Tale With Bite Plucky schoolkids hunted the Gorbals Vampire

Dog Death Bridge A strange force compels pets to jump into this gorge

Watery Beasties Many curious creatures are said to inhabit Scotland’s lochs, rivers and seas

Bumps In The Night The Sauchie Poltergeist left families in fear

The Great Eight Celebrating Scottish origins of Hallowe’en traditions

Wee Blether Jamie Corstorphine on the terror of Edinburgh’s vaults

Magic In The Air Professor Richard Wiseman reveals mind-bending links to the supernatural

From The Vault Police and residents of Dundee chased the “Craigie Ghost” through city streets



 A-Z Of Great Scots The “bold, brave and sadly doomed” Isabella MacDuff

Scottish Kitchen Pumpkin Perfection a seasonal recipe from this month’s star chef

Slàinte Mhaith Discover the dark stories of death, doom and destruction at Scotland’s distilleries

 Room With A Boo! Scotland’s most haunted hotels – that you can stay in!

Man Of The Loch Polly Pullar meets kilted boat pilot John Campbell of Ardchattan



Cycling’s My Therapy: Meet octogenarian Mave, who’s pedalled around Scotland


Our Next National Park? Cameron McNeish discusses the pros and cons

A Paddle On The Wild Side Kayaking in Raasay and Rona is a challenge for Fiona Russell

Jagged Little Hill Tackling the “dramatically breathtaking” Clachnaben

Teaching Minister Dr Andrew Bell’s lasting educational legacy

Q-Aye! A selection of fascinating and fun facts from Scottish history and culture




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