In October 1995, my husband and I traveled to Scotland as part of my research for Once a Warrior. I fell utterly in love with Scotland's delightfully warm people and the land's powerful, rugged beauty. I quickly realized that one Scottish book would never be enough...
An extraordinary ruined fortress built on the cliffs overlooking the North Sea.
One of the most magnificent haunted castles in Scotland, it is a private residence of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and was the childhood home of the Queen Mother. The Earl and Countess were in residence when we visited.
A fascinating 19th C prison, which was the inspiration for The Prisoner. Originally built in 1820, there was no heating, no washroom, no place for the prisoners to exercise, and it was often overcrowded.
Women prisoners were permitted to keep their infants until they were 12 months old, after which the babies were either given to their families or sent to a poor house.
Boys sentenced to be whipped were strapped down with their arms forced through the holes and manacled beneath them. Children under 14 could receive up to 12 lashes, while boys over 14 could suffer as many as 36.
Kildrummy Castle Hotel
Completed in 1900, this lovely castle was a private home until 1954. We enjoyed some wonderful meals during our stay here.
The magical 13th C castle rising in the morning mist, as seen from the balcony off our room.
Eilean Donan Castle
Originally built in 1220 on a remote island, the castle remains the seat of the Clan MacRae, and the MacRae family still lives there.
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