What a fantastic few weeks it’s been for Scotland, with Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games with such celebrated success. 2014 will certainly go down in history as a year we will all remember, with the Ryder Cup teeing off soon and the all-important independence vote on the 18th September. Scottish Woman Magazine was pleased to be approached by the Cabinet Office, who asked if we would be keen to meet with the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, for a discussion with a group of undecided voters and a no-holds-barred question and answer session. Our coverage of the event is on page 29, highlighting some of the referendum issues that are most important to women in Scotland. The Prime Minister left with a copy of the magazine for Mrs. Cameron, and we do hope she enjoyed reading it as much as you all do. To provide balance and as much information as possible on both the Better Together and Yes campaigns, we also interview Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, on page 32. He spoke to our Features Editor about the hotly debated topics of currency, energy, EU membership, and his vision for an independent Scotland.

With our lovely country at the forefront of our minds just now, we bring you some distinctly Scottish editorial on the best of Scottish skincare; an A-Z of Scotland, highlighting some of our firsts, inventions, and traditions throughout history; and ways to be become a “local tourist” by discovering the attractions on your doorstep that you never knew existed.

Venturing further afield in the direction of the UK’s capital city, we travel to the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, to experience the breathtaking views of London from Western Europe’s tallest building. As much as there’s some unbeatable shopping opportunities in central London, you can’t beat wandering round the boutiques that are closest to home, with Destination Shopping hitting “the lang toon” of Auchterarder in this issue.

Our cover star is Hollywood’s latest leading light, Edinburgh-born actress Louise Linton. She chats to us about celebrity encounters, her dream acting roles, and her no-nonsense Scottish attitude.

If you’re still not sure whether you’re a no or a yes vote, good luck with your decision – we hope you make it an informed one. And whatever happens with the vote, we can always guarantee Scottish Woman will remain essential reading for women in Scotland, as well as continuing to be your truly fabulous glossy.

All the best,

Maria M. Burnett

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