The tentative beginnings of summer have finally made an appearance, with temperatures rising ever so slightly alongside some lovely, sun-soaked afternoons. Protective skincare is of the essence while we’re basking in the sunshine, so make sure you take a look at our Summer Skincare feature, highlighting the best self-tanning products and skin protection for the months ahead. We’ve also picked out the must-have scents of the summer, along with make-up to give you that shimmering, sun-kissed glow.

Our summer fashion preview looks at some of the hottest pieces from Scotland’s best-loved boutiques, with alluring apparel perfect for seaside lounging and beachside drinks. If you’re also partial to that sun, sea and sand feel in your home, our selection of nautical interiors suggestions will have you plain sailing to that shoreline ambience. Our Destination Shopping feature has its browsing eyes firmly fixed on Troon, the South Ayrshire seaside town with its gorgeous boutiques and unique style offerings.

Our recipes this issue have come straight from the chef’s table, with al fresco creations made for enjoying in the sunshine by Jason Wright, head chef at STEAK Edinburgh, Scott Davies, head chef at The Adamson, St Andrews and Munar Kara, executive chef at Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort. Speaking of fantastic gastronomy, we also visit the historic French city of Tours in the Loire Valley, a wonderful mélange of hip bars, excellent restaurants and regal tradition.

July will see the much-anticipated Commonwealth Games touch down in Glasgow, treating Scotland to an excitement-packed sporting event of tremendous significance, which will hopefully leave a lasting legacy in the local community and across the country. Moving a month ahead, August can only mean one thing for the city of Edinburgh – Fringe, Fringe, and more Fringe festivities. Check out our quick peek guide to this year’s bigger than ever Edinburgh Fringe Festival on page 82.  

We also have interviews with Jessica Beeston, one of Scotland’s rising classical music stars, and author Victoria Hendry, who will be appearing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to talk about her World War II-set novel, A Capital Union, which looks at issues of Scottish identity and independence that are still more than relevant today.

All the best,

Maria M. Burnett

Maria M. Barnett.

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