Scottish Field - - WELCOME - Richard Bath, Edi­tor

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.

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