Walking through an enchanted Scottish wood, such as this one in the Highlands, there are stories to be imagined.
Medieval and magical themes come easily to mind, and the feeling of ‘other worldliness’ pervades. I took this photo on my trip through Great Britain last summer. It was still rather cool out, but on this day dappled sunlight filtered through the leaves to the forest floor. I fell in love with this tree. It wasn’t wet – it just had the most amazing sheen on it.
Everything is green in Scotland. This is me, beneath a canopy of oversized leaves. These are the kind of plant details I like to include in writing. So different from the greenery of Chicago, Illinois!
Of course, castles abound in Great Britain. This is Eilean Donan castle in Scotland, on the way to the Isle of Skye. I tried to take as many photos of textures, stone, moss, and buildings as I could for future writing reference. I always think I’m going to remember the details, but then I don’t.
Edinburgh Castle is just that….a castle in the middle of Edinburgh. Oh, the history!
Can a writer visit Edinburgh without going to The Elephant House (aka the cafe J.K. Rowling used to visit)? No, she can not. This is me – ‘writing’ at a table within.
Another way to spend a rainy afternoon in Scotland? With Afternoon Tea at a fancy castle hotel. Settle in with paper and pen – or laptop – and start writing.
It’s said that Scotland is one of the most magical places in the world, and I think there’s something to that. You don’t have to be an Outlander fan to feel the magic and sense of timelessness Scotland inspires.
And If you can’t get yourself to the land of Tartan? Well then maybe an armchair adventure will have to do. Pour yourself a dram of Scotch Whisky to set the scene.