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Time Out Scotland takes you straight to the most inspiring destinations, from spectacular walks to grand gardens and stately homes; the best places to stay, eat and drink, and the most compelling sights, villages and landscapes. Full of local recommendations, hidden places and at-a-glance seasonal events alongside all the best-known attractions, from the Isle of Skye to the Edinburgh Festival
See the UK's biggest puffin colony
The Isle of May is an intriguing landmark in the Firth of Forth, now uninhabited save for a few scientists and a lot of seabirds. Take a day trip on the May Princess from Anstruther harbour to spot puffins, seals, porpoises, dolphins and even the occasional whale.
Hear contemporary music
Sound is an exciting festival of new music in North East Scotland, featuring classical, contemporary, improvisation, traditional, popular, jazz, experimental, ambient, sound art and electro-acoustic through a variety of events including concerts, talks, installations and workshops. It takes place in late autumn, in various venues.
Eat seafood amid spectacular scenery
Kishorn Seafood Bar serves local produce, simply prepared, at the side of Loch Kishorn, on the route to the Isle of Skye.Feast on whole dressed crab or locally smoked salmon, or pop in for afternoon tea and scones. Basic but brilliant.
Stay in style
Hotel Missoni, newly opened in Edinburgh, just might be the most fashionable hotel in the UK. Aficionados will know Missoni as an Italian fashion house, however, it's branched out of late and this is the first Missoni-branded hotel, opened in summer 2009 with a characteristic aesthetic splash. Guests have been wowed by the service, the comfort, the Cucina restaurant and the suave Bar Missoni.