So, to mark the occasion, I thought I'd start a new type of promotion - authors describing the settings of their novels. This adds a more personal touch as location plays an important role in many settings.
My Place - Ballachulish:
I love exploring stunning landscapes, so for me there was no question about where Highland Arms, should be based: Ballachulish!
Baile a' Chaolais, the village's Gaelic name, means 'village of the narrows'. It lies at the junction where Loch Leven flows into the much larger Loch Linnhe. The original village lay in what is now North Ballachulish (Highland Arms is based just a couple of miles north along the shore of Loch Linnhe), with a settlement in South Ballachulish, now linked by a bridge, established later.
Ballachulish is less than a mile from Glencoe, at the entrance to the Glencoe hill range. The small villages nestle at the bottom of hills, with clouds always hovering low over the mountain tops. It is a magical place, highly atmospheric. Driving out of the Glencoe range, the view gives way over Loch Leven towards Loch Linnhe and more hills beyond. Breathtaking!
Betrayed by her brother’s lies, Catriona MacKenzie is banished from her Edinburgh home to her godmother’s remote manor in the Highlands. While her father ponders her fate, Catriona’s insatiable curiosity leads her straight into trouble--and into the arms of a notorious Highlander.
Highland Arms at The Wild Rose Press
Highland Arms at Amazon.com
Highland Arms at Amazon UK
Scottish Highlands, a set on Flickr.
I thought I'd share some photos with you. :-)
Following last weekend's trip to the Highlands to celebrate my father-in-law's 90th birthday, we did our usual driving around our favourite area - Glencoe and Ballachulish.
We also enjoyed a brief forest walk at Monadh Mor on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness. Beautiful and calm, perfect relaxation before a busy family celebration!
Glencoe was just as always - heavy rain following our delicious late lunch at the Clachaig Inn (wild boar burger/venison) so we couldn't walk off our calorific meal. Glencoe in the rain makes for an incredibly moving atmosphere.
Again, the weekend was gone too quickly. Wish I could stay up there...
Various visits to the stunning Scottish Highlands.