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Audi RS6: You’re Avant a laugh

WITH performance figures to make your Porsche-owning neighbour very nervous and haunches as wide as the Clyde, the Audi RS6 Avant is about as far removed from the staid image of estate cars as it’s possible to get. Yes, you probably could fit a grandfather clock in the back for an Antiques Show rendezvous with Fiona Bruce, but the Audi is built to warp time, not transport it.

Best of the rest: A final Recommends miscellany

BEST FISH AND CHIP SHOP: The Plaice To Be, Moulin Rd, Pitlochry, 01796 473737 There is a fish and chip shop in Pitlochry that is quite a cut above any other.

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BEST HORSE SONG Aside from hotels and food, no other category caught the imagination better than this homage to equine tunage. Paul Johnston kicked things off, namechecking, among others, Horse by Splodgenessabounds and Saddle Up by David Christie. Stuart Bathgate responded, citing Chestnut Mare by The Byrds, before Paul hit back pointing to Echo and the Bunnymen's Bring on the Dancing Horses among others.

Best Scottish possession of the Devil

DEVIL'S MILL: A waterfall upstream of Rumbling Bridge on the River Devon.

Best Revommends contributor

ROBERT RITCHIE His first recommendation was Best Wildlife, and his last (Best Possession of the Devil) is published today.

Best island bolthole

ORD HOUSE, Skye Four miles down a single track, this is a true hidden gem, providing boutique accommodation on a budget. The converted Georgian manor stands in 18 acres of land, boasting breathtaking views over to Loch Eishort and the isles of Canna and Rum. Inside, the house has been lovingly restored, creating a haven filled with French and Italian furniture.

Best camera obscura

CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN CAMERA OBSCURA, Aviemore, 01479 861 261, at the top of the mountain garden, adjacent to the Base Station, this is Scotland's newest camera obscura. Visit the dark room to enjoy the real-time view of the surrounding landscape made possible by the wonders of optical science.

Best jewellery

PEARLS: Pearls have a special beauty of their own. Subtle as they are, they can turn a simple outfit into a classic style.

Best place to look for Angus or Dundee ancestors

ANGUS FOLK MUSEUM Glamis, 01307 840 288 A fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and worked in the Angus countryside, including recreations of the interior of a farm cottage, a village school and a bothy.

Best way to support the Tennage Cancer Trust

RUGBY GREATS GET BACK IN ACTION Royal High School, 23 August, £2 See rugby legends Rowen Shepherd and Scott Hastings dust off their boots for a special charity match.

Best Scottish films you really should have seen by now

LOCAL HERO (1983) This is the only film, ever, anywhere, to make a star out of a red phone box. A young US executive tries to buy out locals to build a coastal refinery.

Best of Stirling

STIRLING: The cottages of small Stirling Village, south of Peterhead, were built to house employees of the Stirlinghill granite quarry.

Best Rab McNeil subjects

PANTS - Scotland's funniest newspaper columnist has always been happy to share his pressing pants problems with The Scotsman readership.

Best Pie

CHORIZO WITH GOATS' CHEESE AND DEVILLED BLACK EYED BEANS: It is filled with delicious raw chorizo sausage that we cook with devilled black eyed beans and tomato and finish with creamy goat's cheese.

Best drinking spot during the festival

THE STAND COMEDY CLUB, York Place, 0131-558 7272 Edinburgh's best comedy venue – this is where the stars come to rehearse.

Best eco-friendly living tip

SWITCH IT OFF AT THE SET Switching off your television, video, DVD or stereo at the set or mains stops the extra 10-60 per cent of electricity wasted by the standby setting. If ten households do this, we could save one tonne of every year. Of the electricity used by your VCR, 85 per cent is consumed when it is not actually on.

Best of the Fringe

RHOD GILBERT: So popular this year his show was almost sold out before the tickets went on sale. This great Welsh comedian has an international following after just five years at the Fringe . Who else could make a whole show about everyday objects, such as a prize mince pie, a grape or the year 1984? Well worth seeing and making a reservation for next year.

Best person with Angus roots

JM BARRIE: Born in a two-up, two-down weaver's cottage in Kirriemuir, James Matthew Barrie was the Andrew Lloyd Webber of his day, with plays opening to sell-out performances in London's theatreland.

Best garden

GLENWHAN WATER GARDENS, nr Stranraer A great setting for a hillside garden that is just 29 years old.

Best millionaire hotspot

ABERDEEN It was claimed last year that Aberdeen is Britain's second wealthiest city because it has so many multimillionaires, much of their lucre derived from oil. The biggest concentration can be found in Hazlehead/Rubislaw, where the mansions of Rubislaw Den have acquired the Millionaire's Row tag.

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