We welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to our pages this month as he writes about his love for the Highland Games. A new centre celebrating these traditional sports is opening in Braemar and Prince Charles is a keen supporter. Read about his personal passion for these stirring pursuits on page 61.
The drama and pageantry of the Games certainly raises the hairs on the back of the neck but there are places that do this to us, too. On page 46 we ask why some locations have ‘atmospheres’ that affect us on a deep, almost inexplicable level. The ancient Celts called these ‘thin places’ – where our world is closer to the supernatural. Helen Moat heads to the Peak District to explore its most haunting places.
Artists have to be sensitive to the mood of a location to capture its essence in their works. On page 77 you get to walk into the real landscapes that inspired some of our most memorable landscape painters.
Naturally, when you’re out walking this September, you might be tempted to plunder the hedges for blackberries and other autumnal fruits. So read Adele Nozedar’s completely fresh ideas for foraged delicacies on page 62. And if you’re plagued by wasps when you’re out, heed Seirian Sumner’s well argued plea to learn to love the yellowjacket, page 36.
The Highland Games have helped celebrate and sustain Scottish culture for a millennia, see page 56