“Late summer and early autumn is glorious here, the landscape turning to russet and gold, the weather still warm (enough) and the crowds drifting away.”

I didn’t visit Scotland until I was in my twenties, but the country leapt right into my heart and has now long been my favourite destination. Yes, the weather can be soggy but my word, the welcome is warm – and the scenery is spectacular.

I’ve written an entire book about Scotland and could write several more, packed with my thoughts on the most scenic lochs and the best mountains to climb, the unmissable pubs and the unforgettable seafood shacks. So I was delighted to be given three pages in the Sunday Times to lay out an itinerary for the perfect Scottish trip.

Of course just one trip can only scratch the surface. But what a surface Scotland has – on this one trip you can sail to the beautiful island of Arran (pictured here), feast on seafood at Loch Fyne, take a seaplane flight over Loch Lomond, walk in Glen Coe, sea kayak out from Arisaig and head over the sea to Skye. All in two weeks.

Read my article in the Sunday Times here