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WELCOME to Best of Scotland, your new premium monthly guide to the greatest people, places, entertainment, gastromonic pleasures and gratifying pursuits from across the country.

Expertly curated by our highly informed team of specialist writers, this magazine will come FREE inside your newspaper every month.

Each edition will shine a spotlight upon everything that makes Scotland the best ‘wee’ country in the world, highlighting all that we deem worthy of your immediate attention, championing both mainstream and niche pursuits while offering
a broad sweep of the country’s best food and drink options.

Inside these pages, you’ll find inspirational ideas to suit every taste – everything from food trends, cocktails, craft spirits, family activities, new Scottish travel destinations, local characters, environmental projects, Scottish producers, authentic arts and crafts, folk history, art, pop culture, home improvement, gardening, health, well-being and real local stories.

So sit back, relax and simply enjoy being inspired

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Jets’ Woody Johnson’s stay at President Trump’s Scotland resort cost taxpayers thousands, report says

New York Jets owner and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson spent thousands in taxpayer money during a stay at President Donald Trump’s Scotland resort in 2018, according to a report from The Scotsman.

Johnson, who was appointed by Trump as an ambassador in 2017, reportedly stayed at Trump Turnberry — the president’s Scotland resort — with his wife for two nights in the summer of 2018 while Trump also visited the property.

The report said American taxpayers footed the bill for Johnson’s stay, which totaled £1,143, according to a receipt released by the U.S. State Department under the Freedom of Information Act. That converts to roughly $1,477 under current exchange rates.

From The Scotsman:

(The receipts) show a series of payments made over the course of 14 July that year by Mr. Johnson and his wife totalling £1,143.

The bill includes nearly £600 spent on ‘golf

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Sturgeon promises ‘no countrywide travel restrictions’ for Scotland

The cancellation of Eurostar’s popular direct service to the French Alps was a huge blow for the thousands of skiers and snowboarders who use it each winter. But today those keen to travel by rail to the slopes can still do so as tickets for indirect services go on sale today, Lucy Aspden reports.

On Thursday evenings, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the ski season skiers can travel direct with Eurostar from London to Paris, before connecting to a high-speed TGV service from the Gare du Lyon to Chambéry, Albertville, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne, Landry or Bourg-St-Maurice. From any of these stations they can travel on to some of Europe’s leading ski resorts. 

For example, the Saturday morning service departs London at 07:52, arriving in Paris at 11:17. From the Gare de Lyon the 11:47 service arrives in Bourg St Maurice at 16:51. From there it’s a seven-minute funicular ride to

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When is the October half term in Scotland? 2020 October school holiday dates – and whether you should book a trip away

Many families are considering staycations this year as coronavirus cases spike in Europe.

After a return to school in August, the next break for kids in Scotland will be in October.

These are the dates for the October half term, with advice on booking a trip away.

When is the October half term?

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Generally in Scotland, October half term will fall somewhere between October 18 and October 21.

However, this may vary depending on where in the country you’re located, and what school your child attends.

You can check the exact dates for October half term by selecting your local council area on this website.

Will it be safe to go on holiday in October?

Coronavirus cases are climbing across the UK, with outbreaks also occurring in Europe and across the world. It’s a fact that makes

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