I'd like to share with you today. My stepfather, John, was a Scot. He's sadly passed now, but I have three wonderful step sisters and several step nieces and nephews. Most of them live in Scotland.
When I was a young woman I holidayed at the Scottish family cottage in Argyll, just on the edge of the Crinan Canal. And there I was privileged to discover a mystical and magical place.
Argyll is possibly the most romantic spot on the planet. This early contact with Scotland forged a lasting love of the land and an abiding interest in its myths, legends and history. From the highlands through the still water of the lochs and to the rugged coastline, Argyll is breathtaking.
When I began to research COTM, Scotland seemed to call to me. It was a joy to write my way back.
There came the time when realised that I needed a castle. As everyone knows there are no shortage of castles in Scotland!
But it was Carrick Castle that captured my imagination. Although it is not inhabited, its bleak facade and isolated position felt like the perfect location. Originally built in the 12th Century, in
1368 it was handed over to the Campbell Clan. Later, Mary Queen of Scots stayed there. Today it is owned by Alex Fleming who is restoring the ancient castle.
In August this year I returned and rediscovered my Scotland.
Time has not eroded its charm. It seems dearer now than it ever was. Thank you for sharing.