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Issue 86 - Safeguarding a rich heritage

Scotland Magazine Issue 86
April 2016


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Safeguarding a rich heritage

Christopher Coates on new beginnings

While I am undoubtedly a new face to you, dear readers, I like to think that I know a little about you. For I have become particularly fond of this publication and its audience over the past three years, as I worked behind the scenes with the great Roddy Martine, who has now resumed his former role as Contributing Editor. He is an invaluable asset to this magazine, a wellspring of both information and passion when it comes to everything Scottish – a true ambassador for this great nation. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all he has done for the magazine since issue one, the invaluable guidance he has given me up to this point, and the encouragement I know he will continue to provide.

While browsing the archives, which stretch back to our launch in March 2002, it struck me that much like the country it celebrates, the magazine has built for itself a rich culture and history, and one that only exists due to the hard work of the previous editors. To those who have safeguarded the publication up until now, I give my thanks. To help secure its continued success, from you I humbly request thoughts and opinions – you can reach me here at the Edinburgh office on

However, it is not only Scotland Magazine that is currently celebrating a new beginning. Historic Scotland, the body which protects so many of the country’s sites of historic significance, was recently reborn as Historic Environment Scotland. This new public body will build upon the strengths and expertise of both Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), who have managed and recorded Scotland’s historic environment for more than 100 years. I wish the organisation the best of luck in continuing the good work of its predecessors, which I know will ensure our nation’s significant sites are cared for, protected, understood, valued, enjoyed and enhanced for future generations.

It is also with great pleasure that I share with you the results of the 2016 Scottish Hotel Awards, the conclusion of an annual process which encourages, recognises and rewards the very best people and places in Scottish hospitality. I also draw your attention once again to the Scotland Magazine Photographic Challenge, launched last issue, for which I have already received many fabulous entries. Visit for more information, and good luck! Finally, for those of you so inclined, I invite you to join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a live feed of everything you love about Scotland. See you there!