• Alexander McCall Smith reveals how crucial a role Edinburgh has played in his life as an author

  • Join us on a behind-the-scenes glimpse into costume and set design for Scottish Opera's latest production, The Mikado

  • Former Olympic swimmer and agent to the stars Athole Still looks back on his four decades in the business

  • Andrew Cook, head chef at The Lime Tree in Fort William, can find culinary inspiration almost anywhere

  • Easter Weens outdoor space is enjoyed by generations in the Borders

The July issue is out now

The July issue is out now. One of Scotland’s most prolific and popular authors, Alexander McCall Smith, takes us around Edinburgh and explains how Scotland’s capital city has inspired his work. The latest issue also includes a backstage glimpse into Scottish Opera’s mesmerising performance of The Mikado, the beautiful gardens of Easter Weens in the Borders and the work of willow sculptor Trevor Leat from the Solway Coast. Andrew Cook, head chef of The Lime Tree in Fort William, shares some of his favourite recipes and we take a look at the newly opened Crossbasket Castle near Glasgow. Also, find out what happened when a group of shooting writers found themselves stranded on Taransay, and we investigate the growing threat unruly dogs pose to livestock.