Barbara Vey -- October 22nd, 2013
A much better picture of the castle than I was able to take from a moving bus.

A much better picture of the castle than I was able to take from a moving bus.

As you regular readers know, it has always been a dream of mine to visit Scotland.  Being so close in London, I just had to at least take a day trip there.  My train left at midnight, but I had a sleeper car and slept nearly the full 7 1/2 hours it took to get there, so I was all refreshed for my next adventure.

Author Marguerite Kaye took a ferry over to Edinburgh to meet me and show me around.  We took a double-decker bus and yes, it was raining, but I barely noticed.  I was finally in Scotland.


Pretty much my UK look.

Pretty much my UK look.

Edinburgh was hillier than I expected.  Seeing Edinburgh Castle was reason enough to make the day trip.  It’s huge and I felt like I was in a fairy tale.  I tried to imagine it being attacked but it was so formidable.  Then I imagined peaceful times when the villagers looked to the castle for safety.  When we got to the side that was an unclimbable cliff, I was awe struck.  Way to keep intruders out.

I did get to see a kilt wearing bagpipe player on the street.  He was young and adorable.

We went to an amazing restaurant for lunch and I tried pigeon, venison and crab in scallops.  Marguerite told me the chef was Irish and putting his own spin on Scottish food.  Delish!


Marguerite meeting a new reader and learning the reader just visited her town.

Marguerite meeting a new reader and learning the reader just visited her town.

I also helped Marguerite with marketing herself.  There is always an opportunity for authors to meet readers.  We were having coffee and a young lady sat near us.  We talked about her 2 toned hair (brown on top, red on the bottom) and of course, I had to ask what she read.  Since she answered, “Romance,” I announced that I was with an award winning author and luckily Marguerite had a book with her that she signed to Marian.  Marian was so excited that she told us she worked at an upscale shoe store and if we stopped by, she’d give us a discount.  She went away very excited to get started reading the book.

We  shopped in an adorable hand made jewelry shop. The owner is also a romance fan and after talking to her a while we had a small crowd around us, all romance lovers.  Marguerite passed out her bookmarks, I passed out my cards and the readers were thrilled with meeting a real live author.

Bottom Line:  A terrific day in Edinburgh and I got to connect with an author and readers.  Yes, a very good day indeed.

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I’m also guest blogging at Seekerville today.  They’re giving away prizes all month to celebrate their 6th Birthday!  Even an iPad mini.  Stop by to say hi.

40 thoughts on “Scotland…Finally

  1. Wendy Loveridge

    It would not occur to me to visit Scotland for a day trip from London but this is Barbara Vey we are talking about! I’m so glad you had such a lovely day. Edinburgh is a beautiful city, you couldn’t help but love it. Marguerite Kaye sounds lovely and I’ve already started one of her books which is already proving to be an “unputabledownable” (excuse my made up word!) We have already messaged each other (thanks to you Barbara) and I’m hoping to read and review some of her books. It’s not going to be a hardship! Once again Barbara Vey you are a wonderful ambassador for romantic/historical fiction.

  2. Marguerite Kaye

    Barbara, I had a fantastic day meeting you, and it was fun and an honour to introduce you to one of my very favourite cities. Next time, you’re going to try haggis and black pudding and I will make sure wherever we go for lunch, there’s sticky toffee pudding on the menu!

  3. Joan gray

    Edinburgh is so easy to fall in love with. You sound to have had a fab time and your pics show the best and worst of Scottish weather!

  4. Ramona Richards

    Thanks for sharing this, Barbara! Scotland is one of my “dream” trips, along with Wales, even more so after reading Dorothy Dunnett. Glad you had a great visit – although I’m more than a little jealous. :)

  5. Kiera Bruce

    Edinburgh is the most beautiful, friendly city I’ve ever been to :) If you go back, try the specialty teas at Eteaket (I had the flowering jasmine- gorgeous!) And a battered mars bar, of course :D

  6. Donna Marie Merritt

    Oh, you’re taking me back! I studied in Edinburgh for a semester as a student 25+ years ago. My grandmother was born in Scotland, so it felt like going home. AND, I want you with me, Barbara, to promote my newest poetry book! Never had a crowd gather around me while I was out shopping. LOL! You’re fabulous at marketing.

  7. Pat Jeanne Davis

    Enjoyed your post yesterday at Seekerville, Barbara. Looking over your photos brought back many wonderful memories. I love Oxford and the rest of the Cotswolds. Hubby’s family live there. I spent my honeymoon in England and Scotland thirty years ago. I love Edinburgh, especially during the tattoo.

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