Latest articles from Ailsa Sheldon

BEST OF SCOTLAND An inside look at Scotland's seafood industry

Renowned the world over, Scottish seafood is the country’s largest food export and something we can be rightly proud of. In this special feature Ailsa Sheldon profiles some of the leading figures in the industry – from fishmongers to celebrated chefs to award-winning fish and chip shop owners. So tuck in folks!

best of scotland Restaurant review: The Palmerston in Edinburgh

What is it about The Palmerston? Since it opened last year it’s been the most talked about, most recommended restaurant in Edinburgh. It’s earned rave reviews, a Michelin listing and the hearts of its many regulars. Looking around the room there are awkward first dates at the bar, a large group of women in sports-luxe, older couples and families. They all know what I now know: that The Palmerston is the best place for relaxed, unfussy dining in Edinburgh’s West End.

best of scotland New book explores how whisky has affected our culture and communities

What does place mean to whisky? As grain, peat and barrels move around the country, does it really matter where our national drink is produced? In turn, what does whisky mean to the communities where it’s made? In his new book, A Sense of Place: A Journey Around Scotland’s Whisky, Scottish drinks writer Dave Broom goes on the road to find out. His journey takes him from Neolithic Orkney, criss-crossing the country and on many a CalMac ferry, as he speaks to distillers, blenders, farmers, barrel-makers – as well as archaeologists, perfumers and boat makers.