Going to Scotland My Own Journey

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”. 



4 thoughts on “Going to Scotland My Own Journey

  1. Julie says:

    Have an amazing time! I have also been drawn to Scotland since I was a child, I think it started when my grandmother brought me back a kilt from Scotland when I was 6. I’ve been to Scotland 5 times, with each trip exploring a different area. I’ve not been back in about 10 year but I’m planning on going in the next year or so. Such an amazing place and the people are wonderful! Some of my most favorite things I did – cycling in the northern Highlands (25 miles and only saw about 3 cars the entire time) and hiking up Ben Nevis. I’ve also been to a couple of shinty matches (it’s always good to have a Scottish friend- thanks Gordon for bringing me). Have an amazing time! I’m looking forward to hearing about your family’s adventures!

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  2. amorley552014 says:

    Have a great time! I am going in June on the Outlander Summer Solstice 2015 Tour. Recovering from 3rd surgery and hoping to start training (lots of hikes). Got down to no pain meds when I had a freak iPad accident last night. I think a bone is broken in me foot. I have no insurance so no X-ray yet. Can you believe this? Luckily I bought trip insurance. But I think I am NOT canceling. I might limp throughout Scotland, but go I will! We Scots are tough!

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