Chef Andrew Fairlie, patron of the Michelin star restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel by Auchterarder, talks to us about his love of food and his favourite places in his home town of Perth. We journeyed to Stonehaven for the renowned Hogmanay Fireballs Ceremony, and found out why this is one tradition that shows no signs of burning out. Alex Massie delves into the history of Alexander Burnes, one of the greatest spies Scotland has ever produced, and Polly Pullar takes a closer look at the artwork of 19th century ornithologist William MacGillivray. We visit Torispardon, a formerly ruined cottage in the Highlands which has been carefully restored by Waugh Thistleton Architects, and make ourselves at home in Inverlochy Castle, where head chef Andy Turnbull shares his recipes to create a meal fit for a king. Also in this issue, our 18-page SF Money supplement cuts through the noise surrounding Scotland’s new devolved tax powers, and explains exactly how these will affect the pound in your pocket. And if you still have Christmas shopping to complete, our ‘last minute gift guide’ is required reading!