What a remarkable summer it has been. Had we all known it would have been like 1976 all over again, who would have bothered going to all the expense and hassle of going abroad? Far fewer than normal, I suspect, because Scotland in the sun is utterly unbeatable (or at least it is until the midges make themselves felt).
Sadly, although the heatwave shows no signs of abating, there are no guarantees that it will continue. Because of that, it’s important to make sure that those autumn breaks we all love to take are weather-proofed and consist of more than lazing around in the sun.
To help you plan, we’ve produced a 90-page Autumn Breaks special themed around the idea of activity breaks. We’ve split the country into 12 regions and looked at a single area that each has to offer. So if you want to know more about art and antiques in Perthshire, gardening in Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders, walking in the Highlands or whisky on Speyside, we have come up with suggestions on everything from formal residential courses to do-ityourself tours where you can plan your own itinerary and make the best of what Scotland has to offer.
We hope you have as much fun pursuing these activities as we have had researching and trying them ourselves. I was lucky enough to do some of the fieldwork for golf in Argyll, and heartily recommend getting away from your everyday environment for a short stay. It really does revive you – nothing replenishes the soul more quickly than getting out and about in the most beautiful country on earth.