I used the trip for both family research and background for a book I wanted to write. That book became Take Me Home, and I cant tell you what a thrill it was to write into my book, some of the places we visited.
In the following posts, I wanted to share with you the places and experiences behind this book and I urge you, if you've ever had a dream about visiting Scotland, once covid restrictions allow it, follow that dream. You won't regret it. It's truly one of the most magical and beautiful places on earth. I can't wait to get back there.
Edinburgh, like in the book was the start of my own journey and these are a few of the places that Elle and her Gran would have seen.
Cathedrals and statues, churches and fenced graveyards sat between fashion stores and gift shops. The buildings, most made from stone blocks, ranged in shades of sand and brown and light grey, to darker greys that reminded Elle of the wet rocks down in the creek they swam in back home.
Maybe it was the dreich day—she smiled a little at the new word she’d learned—that made the city look so morbid and dark, but she suspected that even in bright sunshine these old buildings would look eerie, like something out of medieval storybook. This was in stark contrast to the atmosphere, though—it was anything but bleak. There was so much life here.