Wel­come

Scottish Field - - WELCOME - Richard Bath, Ed­i­tor

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.

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