My lifelong dream of visiting Scotland is close at hand.
Before Outlander, I daydreamed about her castles, history, culture, landscapes, the heartiness of her people, the beautiful burr of her inhabitants.
I am of no Scottish descent, but thankfully married one who is. Though not intentional, a bonus to be sure. Now he’d be perfect if a ginger was he…..
I’ve always been drawn to her without any reason except a heart tug that has existed since the first I learned of her. A heart tug that never quieted.
I feel I belong there, as much as I know my own name.
Where does Outlander come in? Well, perusing for a new book I went in 1991 and before me this new release sat. Strong female lead. Historical fiction. Adventure. Time travel. Love. And, Scotland. Checked about every box for me.
Outlander the book series had definitely kept my heart fires kindled lo all these years. The TV series caused me to say “NOW”.
My husband, four teen sons, and I embark on this once in a lifetime family trip in April.
My husband is inspired to research his Scottish roots because of the series. He has even purchased a complete semi-dress kilt outfit from an Edinburgh kilt maker in his Clan tartan for pick up when we arrive. (We could not afford to use the shop the TV series uses.) He says it is the last suit he will likely ever purchase. Mind you, he will look quite fetching while I nary will have a pretty thing to wear.
We will be traveling over as much as possible. Hopefully sampling good whisky along the way, though nay as much as Claire. My liver shirks.
There are online friends to meet up with, old kirks to visit, stones to touch, castles to explore, landscape to inhale, and well, EVERYTHING.
Watch for posts and podcasts to come.
My journey is only beginning and I cannot wait to no longer be a Scotland “vergin”.