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Issue 47 - Scotland calling

Scotland Magazine Issue 47
October 2009


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Scotland calling

Rob Allanson steps up to the plate.

Well it’s a great time to be taking over the helm of Scotland Magazine. We have some excellent writers and photographers on board, all dedicated to bringing you the best coverage of all things Scottish.

Having lived, studied and worked in Scotland I am well aware of the lure of this part of the world. This small but perfectly formed corner of the British Isles offers the visitor everything from lush rolling pasture-land in the south and the dramatic, jagged edged mountains of the Highlands to hidden, golden sand beaches with azure seas, open moorland, ancient forests and stunning cityscapes.

It is a place where the modern rubs shoulders with the traditional. In cities like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen you can go from trendy urban waterholes, cutting edge museums and galleries to delving into the hidden past of the cities with its ghosts, tales and intriguing buildings. No other country can really compete with Scotland for this.

For me Scotland holds some wonderful memories. From my days at Glasgow University to the frequent trips I make with my various editorial hats on; I am also the Editor of Scotland’s sister publication Whisky Magazine.

It has to be said one of my favourite ways of seeing the country is by motorbike. The freedom a bike gives you is second to none and people generally treat you a little differently to the average car driver. I think that’s down to the vulnerability of being on the bike.

On one recent trip I discovered a new road I had not travelled along, the A702. Alovely road to ride with some nice little villages and bringing you into the back of Edinburgh. Still not a patch on my favourite stretch of tarmac, which is the run up the Great Glen from Spean Bridge to Inverness.

If you get the right time of day and year, just at the end of the summer is perfect for me, you can travel along this part of the A82 drenched in a late summer’s sun that is like riding through golden treacle. With the gorse in bloom filling the air with vanilla, honey and pineapple scents it makes for one of those perfect travel moments.

As part of my new editorship I would love to hear from you about what you think about the magazine. To take part visit; there is also a chance to win one of 10 Scotland Magazine Library Boxes.