CAN we really soon be tuning into a world of warmer days and lighter nights? Then it must be time to set off on adventure . . . thankfully, we have an itinerary of cool culture and innovative cuisine.

In visual art, renowned painter Peter Howson discusses the human drama dominating the heart of a new Edinburgh retrospective, while in music Glasgow-based post-punkers Humour reveal they’re off to Austin, Texas. Staying with songs, discover Rachel Sermanni’s personal bests in Scotland and why Young Fathers chose Leith to record their new album.

If food is more your music of love, we have a feast in store, from a new fine dining haven on Yon Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond to a choux pastry haven in Glasgow to a new Mexican eaterie with mariachi band.

Travel is a true passion among Scots but these days many more of us prefer to holiday at home... so we’ve been exploring Scotland’s best hostels, trying exciting outdoor pursuits and meeting the pioneers in craftsmanship, natural produce and fashion that make Scottish staycations so satisfying.

Last but not least, check out the Best of Scotland Readers’ Choice Awards categories on page 39.

This special edition of Best of Scotland is brought to you in association with Bord na Gaidhlig, whose mission is to promote the Gaelic language.

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