Tis the season to be busy, and we certainly have been. Trips to Argyll, Sutherland, Kintyre, Islay, Speyside, Fife, Deeside and Shetland have either been taken or are planned for the coming weeks. Sedentary activities such as dramming and eating have been undertaken, but it’s been mainly a diet of the outdoors, with hiking, golfing, sailing, sevens and fishing all playing their part. Crisscrossing the country has reminded us – as if any reminder were needed – of the unparalleled glory of Scotland in the spring and early summer.
When the sun shines, there’s no place on earth to match Scotland, although from some of the lobster-red complexions at the recent Fife pointto-point, there are some undeniable
drawbacks to the sun’s arrival.
As ever, we have tried to bring you a flavour of as many corners of the country as we can. We’re particularly pleased to welcome back photographer Ian Lawson, whose latest book, Saorsa, about the Hebrides, is a thing of rare beauty. His photo essay, which starts on page 40, is a joy to behold.
The other joy that this time of the year brings is our attendance at the Royal Highland Show and the Game Fair at Scone. Scottish Field has a stand selling subscriptions at both shows, and we eagerly await the chance to attend. It’s where we get to meet readers, to hear their gripes and ideas, and find out where we can do better. We always have a ready supply of whisky and chat, so please come and see us.