With Scotland's Year of Food and Drink in full delicious swing, we've more than happily taken on the mouth-watering task of hunting out the best dining opportunities around the country. If you like your meal to be accompanied by sweeping views, then take a look at our food section, where you'll find a selection of Scotland's most scenic dining venues. We've also got top restaurant tips from the chefs in the know, food reviews, tempting spring recipes from Nick Nairn and a run-down on the events you should attend during Whisky Month, the dram-filled celebration of our national drink. 

As well as exploring all of our fabulous produce, we've also been indulging in a spot of retail therapy... all in the name of research, of course. Our Destination Shopping feature on Kempock Street in Gourock covers the seaside town's lovely community of shops and cafés. As we head into late spring and early summer, we’ve also picked out fashion for every occasion, whether you’re looking for an outfit for a day at the races, a garden party or a wedding.

Talking of gardens, we’ve highlighted some of Scotland’s “secret” horticultural gems. You can catch a glimpse of these beautiful private gardens through charity organisation Scotland’s Gardens on specific dates throughout the year.

If you’re looking ahead to summer city breaks, we’ve taken our quest for new food discoveries south to London’s Regent Street, where we tested out the tasty food offerings and vintage glamour at some of the area’s most renowned venues. We’ve also got options for travel further afield, in our One and Only feature covering stunning hotels around the world with extraordinary, unique qualities.

Our cover star this issue is the wonderful and exceptionally talented violinist Nicola Benedetti. She talks to us about a passion for music education, her upcoming UK tour and her eternal gratitude to her Scottish fans.

Best wishes,

Maria M. Burnett

Maria M. Barnett.

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