Scotland Calls #Travel
Hello, all! I’m delighted to share my trip to Scotland. It is such a beautiful country. I have been to Scotland several times in summer, winter and fall. Perhaps one of my most memorable trips was to the Western Highlands a few years ago in September with a fellow author. The weather was lovely and the heather blooming.
Here I am on the Isle of Skye. (The wind was blowing hence the need to keep my hair from covering my face!)
We flew into Glasgow where we had oatmeal for breakfast laced with whisky (an interesting combination). Still jetlagged, we took a short train ride to see Stirling Castle, which I highly recommend. It’s preserved in the medieval manner and is still Scottish in feel. If you are going to the Highlands, don’t miss it!
Leaving Glasgow, we took the Jacobite Steam train from Glenfinnan to Mallaig heading north on our way to Skye. I took this picture from the train. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Skye was amazing and so beautiful it took my breath away. This was the shoreline in front of our hotel, the Kinloch Lodge in Sleat:
One of my favorite pictures from the trip is this one of Kilt Rock and the waterfall on Skye.
When we left Skye, among the things we did on our way to Edinburgh was to visit the Highland Games in Pitlochry. There I met this handsome Scot in full kit. Imagine my surprise when he introduced himself as Alister Walker. Perhaps we are related!
My readers know that I love spy stories set in turbulent times, shipmasters who are masters of the sea, and the country of Scotland. All of them come together in my new Regency romance, A Secret Scottish Christmas, set on the northeast coast of Scotland. Unlike the weather on my trip, the winter of 1819-20 was particularly severe and Scotland was often covered in winter’s white.
By 1819, the year of my story, Britain was in turmoil caused by too high taxes (leftover from the Napoleonic wars) and the lack of any Parliamentary representation for the growing numbers of workers in the north. The winds of rebellion were stirring.
When Lord Sidmouth received word of a man of the Scottish gentry raising emotions in Scotland, he sent two of his agents north. They just happen to be identical twins, Robbie and Nash Powell. Their cover to get them there? An invitation to a “secret” Christmastide celebration at the home of a successful shipbuilder in Arbroath. Into the mix steps Aileen Stephen, a beautiful lass with fiery red hair and two loyal dogs she has named “Goodness” and “Mercy”. Throw in a snowball fight, ice skating on a frozen pond, one insightful matchmaker, a dowager countess, and a trip to Stonehaven for Hogmanay, and you have a Christmas to be long remembered.
"Walker stuns with her gift for storytelling, magically entwining historic fact and fiction to create a thought-provoking, sensual romance, one that will stay with you." - Chicks, Rogues & Scandals
A Secret Scottish Christmas - Agents of the Crown Book 4
Regan Walker is an award-winning, Amazon bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. After years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government, she developed a feel for the demands of the “Crown”. Hence her stories often feature a demanding sovereign who taps his subjects for special assignments. Each of her novels includes real history and real historical figures as characters. And, of course, adventure and love.
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