Adventurer Aldo Kane tells us about his idyllic childhood spent in the wilds of Glencoe, and explains why this was the ideal training for a career spanning the Royal Marines to television and film. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh talks life after two blockbuster movies, the changing world of the gangster, living in the States and some particularly peculiar epicurean delights in our Credo column. Teaching children about life in the countryside is a hands-on experience at the Schools Countryside Day at Springwood Park in Kelso, and our staff photographer Angus Blackburn has captured the spirit of the day wonderfully in our photo feature. Ex-Scotland rugby coach Vern Cotter puts A Hume’s top country clothing through its paces on the hill, and our editor Richard Bath meets Clare Shaw, one of a new wave of artists taking a fresh look at capturing the essence of field sports. Chef David Skiggs of The Cross at Kingussie shares some of his favourite summer recipes with us, and our mystery diner is enchanted with Ballintaggart’s Feast Nights, spurring a re-think on the concept of pop-up restaurants. Don’t miss the results of the first-ever Scottish Field Gin Challenge and, now that school’s out for the summer, take inspiration to keep the children entertained through the holidays with our annual 100 Things To Do With The Kids feature.