Super-chic stays in the Scottish Highlands

Scandi billionaires, London nightclub impresarios, serious conservation efforts and a new roster of very smart places to stay: something curious – and liberating – is happening in the Highlands of Scotland, says Charlotte Sinclair

Hiring your own private island

New and restored private island resorts from Indonesia to the Inner Hebrides are seeking to recalibrate the castaway experience to balance luxury with sustainability. Maria Shollenbarger reports

Charles Jencks: master of the multiverse

Landform artist Charles Jencks’s cosmically charged gardens push the boundaries of nature and science. Clive Aslet meets the man with the monumental ideas about life, the universe and everything

The growing cult of lost distilleries

Single malts from “silent” or “lost” distilleries in Japan as well as Scotland are currently proving to be the most sought-after and investable whiskies on the market. Alice Lascelles reports

A Highlands climbing and rowing challenge

In the shadow of Scotland’s most daunting peak, Charlie Norton powers across legendary waters and scales notorious climbing trails – to find a private balcony with one of Britain’s most staggering views

Where there’s a still...

The moment John Gibb took a “heavenly mouthful” of whisky with a drop of Dornoch Firth wild water, he had the enchanted notion of owning his own distillery. But in a golden age of malt, what does it take for connoisseurs to realise a dream?

Looming large: Scottish mills making it big

Hermès and Chanel have long chosen Scottish over Italian mills. Now a new generation of designers is following suit, inspired as much by technological innovation as matchless quality. Mark C O’Flaherty reports on a Scottish textile renaissance