Our October magazine is the highly coveted Gold Issue – the most luxurious edition of Scottish Field to date. As ever, our aim is to present the very best of Scotland, beginning with travelling the phenomenal North Coast 500 – Scotland’s answer to the United States’ Route 66 – to bring you plenty of inspiration to begin planning your own road trip in this spectacular area of Scotland. If you’re looking to head further afield, don’t miss Katie Peden‘s recommended selection of luxury weekend getaways, all with direct flights. Prometheus and Star Wars actor Emun Elliott talks to us about his unusual entrance to showbiz, Euan McColm evaluates former First Minister Alex Salmond’s debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and editor Richard Bath gives it both barrels at The Glorious Twelfth at Gleneagles. Fiona Hendrie talks us through Scotland’s most indulgent beauty treatments, before enlisting the help of some of Edinburgh’s top luxury style experts to transform two Scottish rugby players from wild and woolly to preened and polished. Take inspiration from interior designer Julia Grant‘s five failsafe ways to create a heavenly home, and meet four of Scotland’s top private chefs who are cooking up a storm across the country. Find out why our Mystery Diner was enthralled by Number One at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and, if you’re in the market to move house, don’t miss our exclusive New Homes feature.