Once again our annual trip to the Burn was packed full of ‘fun, fun, fun’ and – in contrast to dreich Edinburgh – we had ‘sun, sun, sun’!!

Last week saw Publishing staff and students head to the land of Sunset Song, where clear blue skies frame the rich red soil of North East Scotland. Our ‘home from home’ is an eighteenth-century estate house, with large drawing room, dining room, library, TV room, indoor games room and 18 bedrooms!

Away from the huge roaring fire, comfy sofas and overladen plates, the stunning scenery of this 190-acre estate is captivating. When dusk fell and the red squirrels left the croquet lawn, bats flitted past our drawing room windows as whisky swirled in our glasses. Stopping to marvel at the volcanic dyke in glorious autumn sunshine, we marvelled at the seemingly tireless salmon leaping the dramatic rapids and waterfalls of Gannochy Gorge.

Like the salmon, we will fight hard to return to this beautiful location next year!