Hidden Scotland Magazine Issue 07
Made in Crovie - Growing up on the edge of the ocean
Whisky Distillery - A roundup of some of Scotland's best whisky distillery experiences
A Weekend Exploring the Cairngorms, a local's guide
Spinning a Good Yarn - A tale of Scottish textiles from tartan to tweed
Sings of the Times - Meet traditional signwriter Thomas Payne
The Wintering Geese of Islay - The annual pilgrimage back to Scotland
Wild Kabn Kitchen - From the embers
Recipe From Wild Kabn Kitchen - from the embers
Recipe From Wild Kabn Kitchen - Wild Venison Carpaccio on Sourdough
Scotland, One Step at a Time - Long-distance walking in Scotland
Folklore, Myths & Legends - The Fiddlers of Tomnahurich
Truly Scottish Sporting Traditions
Discovering the Nooks & Crannies of Perthshire
Meet the Makar, Kathleen Jamie
What's on Scotland
Living in the Past
A Hidden Scotland Guide - Experiencing Scottish traditions through local events
Bare Bones Chocolate
Recipe - Make your own Bare Bones hot chocolate
The Art of Self Catering
Your Essential Guide to Up Helly AA
Notes: A space to jot down notes for planning future trips
The publication is 160 pages, perfect bound, and printed in full colour on FSC-approved uncoated paper in Scotland. It measures 200 x 255mm. We are printing the magazine with J.Thomson Colour Printers LTD, Glasgow.
We ship the magazine worldwide from Scotland early October.
About This Issue
We’re delighted to share with you the seventh edition of Hidden Scotland magazine. Welcome to our Autumn-Winter 2023-24 issue.
Did you know that nostalgic feelings can be protective against the cold? Scientists think that’s one of the reasons we experience wistfulness in winter. Whether that’s true or not, what better theme to focus on in this issue than tradition? From tartan, which is getting the V&A Dundee treatment, to the resurgence of artisan weaving, and a return to traditional signage on shops, we explore how traditional Scotland intersects with modern Scotland. A great place to start is our guide to the traditions embedded in towns across Scotland – the likes of Stonehaven’s Fireballs at Hogmanay.
Continuing the theme of tradition, we head to Up Helly Aa in Shetland, the festival of fire that may sound Viking but is rooted in more recent times. And we delve into the history of the Highland Games, which developed centuries ago as a tool to find the best warriors. There are features on tradition in landscape, too. One writer considers what it means to walk in Scotland; another uncovers the important locations keeping the history of Scottish blackhouses alive.
As ever, the magazine is full of characters. We meet Scotland’s national poet Kathleen Jamie, who explains how poetry has shaped the country, and photographer Jamie Ellington, who tells us what it was like growing up in the sea-access-only village of Crovie. Then there are the communities who have pulled together to achieve amazing things – in places like the island of Eigg and the mainland’s most remote pub.
It’s the darker season, so we’re giving you lots of opportunity to coorie doon. There’s a roundup of Scottish self-catering cottages, from tree houses to minimalist off-grid cabins. Or why not gather around the fire with Wild Kabn Kitchen on Loch Fyne, where outdoor chef William Hamer is reviving ancient cooking techniques? For those eager to get out and explore, we bring you a guide to Scotland’s most impressive whisky distilleries, a roundup of the nooks and crannies of Perthshire, and a local’s tips for exploring the spectacular winterscape of the Cairngorms. If you need any more inspiration to venture outside, read about the wintering geese of Islay: tens of thousands of them fly from Greenland to the Inner Hebrides every winter.