As part of our area feature on Argyll, former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy recalls his brief stint in the priesthood and a love of Mark Twain, whilst revisiting his hometown of Dunoon. We catch up with Game of Thrones actor Daniel Portman in our Credo column, and head out into the hills for our photo feature celebrating the unique friendships which are built while walking in the wilds of Scotland. Morag Bootland investigates why traditional Scottish dog breeds are in danger of dying out, Fiona Hendrie joins in with beater’s day at the Portmore Estate near Peebles, and we take a closer look into the history of the 17th century Barbary pirates and their impact on Edinburgh. We meet Kirsten Gilmour, chef and owner of The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore, who shares some of her favourite spring recipes with us, and our mystery diner visits the Ardeonaig Coaching Inn on Loch Tay. Don’t miss the results of the first instalment of this year’s Scottish Field Whisky Challenge – the Summer Challenge, where our panel of judges put Scotland’s best new drams to the taste test.