Is it the Highlands, the Islands, the history, the mystery, the bagpipes, the poetry, or the braw lads in kilts? Aye, it could be that last item, but in truth, it’s all of the above and much more that draws our hearts toward the misty isles.
Some enjoy a round of golf on a windswept course looking over the North Sea. Others are content nursing a dram in a dimly lit pub, listening to locals grouse about politics or the Edinburgh Tram.
My taste runs to simpler pleasures. Most are free or very near it.
Benches, for one thing. You’ll find them on a hilltop, around a bend in the road, by a quiet loch. Whoever placed them there saw no need to etch their names on brass plates, announcing their generosity. A wooden bench simply appears at the precise moment you’re thinking you’d like to sit for a moment and enjoy the view, like this scene overlooking Selkirkshire. Ahhh.
Scottish shortbread is another treat. Not the kind that comes in tins, but the sort pulled out of an oven in Ayrshire, the edges barely golden, the crisp, buttery taste beyond description. Home-baked shortbread doesn’t crumble on your plate; it melts in your mouth, especially when chased by a steaming cup of tea.
Even the clouds in Scotland are unique. Rather than a faint smear of white, high above the earth, huge billowing piles roll low across the landscape, or an ominous gray mass looms over the rooftops. In any weather Scotland’s skies are dynamic, dramatic, and never boring.
Maybe your love affair with Scotland began with a wall calendar featuring all the classic scenes: photogenic Eilean Donan Castle, moody Ben Nevis, Melrose Abbey at sunset, the aptly named Loch Awe, or Ailsa Craig rising out of the Firth of Clyde, as we see here. Could be the many Scottish novelists crowding your bookshelf have thoroughly captured your imagination: John Buchan, Nigel Tranter, George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson, or Dorothy Sayers. Perhaps your family’s roots are in Scotland, and you proudly wear a clan tartan at every opportunity.
Whatever the reason, whatever the season, Scotland and its stories will be celebrated weekly on MyScottishHeart.com. Is there something particular you’d like to see? Some aspect of Scottish life you’d enjoy learning more about? Perhaps a question about my books set in Scotland? Kindly post your comment here on my blog, and I’ll gladly reply—on the spot or by way of a future post.
Might a wee contest be of interest? I’ll choose at random one terrific question or suggestion from those posted below, then send that happy winner autographed copies of all 8 of my Scottish books. Och, so many stories! To be eligible to win, please post your comment before Tuesday, September 25 at 12 noon EDT. I look forward to hearing from you!
I’ve traveled to Europe before, but not to Scotland. Sounds like I’ll have to go back! 🙂
Has to be the lush beauty of the countryside. I’ve been to Scotland and long to go back. The beauty, lush green countryside, and the friendly people made me love Scotland when I visited!
Argyll beautiful part of the country peaceful out of the the road
Oh, I’d love to visit Scotland someday! Here’s my wee suggestion…maybe some Scottish music on your blog, as well? 🙂 Thank you for bringing Scotland to us!
Wish I were joining you all on your December tour. . .maybe someday =) I LOVE your pics of Scotland!
I’ve been living in Scotland for almost 6 years now. I came here from the US with a heart full of romantic images and expectations of what it would be like (bagpipe music in the air, people wearing kilts, castles everywhere, etc.) but the reality of day-to-day life is completely different. I’m not saying it’s bad, but just like everyone, everywhere the people of Scotland have to go about their lives in the real world with the same struggles we all have. I must say, not every place is as scenic as your pictures and the standard of living here, like Europe, is not as good as in the US. Like anyone who lives somewhere remarkable, people don’t appreciate or romanticize their surroundings as much as visitors do. I could go into a long philosophical/historical lesson on why people who live here don’t really view historical properties the same as we do but I won’t in this section. Let me just finally say that the BEST think about Scotland is the people. Unlike the stereotypical sour-faced, grumpy, penny-pinching Scotsman (think Scrooge McDuck or Willie from the Simpsons) the people are the most warm, friendly, welcoming, open and pleasant people you’d ever want to meet.
I really appreciate your comment on Scotland! I believe we all think the grass is greener on the other side of the hill, but reality is by far a quick awakening for most of us. I have traveled to many places, but still find the soil of home to be the best!
Of course that’s not to say how excited I’am to be going to Scotland in 2013:)
Scotland is the where my father came from. He died @49years old. When I was 21 I travelled to Stevenston Ayrshire to meet my aunts. How I loved being there. Love to hear the Scottish brogue. I still make shortbread from my grannys recipe. I am now 60 + would love to see again the green hills + lochs.
Heard you speak in Cape Town @ Beauty for Ashes confetence. Ruth has never been the same. Love your books.
I would love to see more of your pictures with appropriate quotes/Bible verses. They are an encouragement to me. And MY favorite thing about Scotland is that my BFF from high school (and sister of the heart) lives near Edinburg! I was there last year at this time … Sigh.
Hi Liz! My husband and I both have Scottish roots, Scots-Irish, Lowland, you know! We are traveling to Ireland and Scotland next year and hope to do some genealogy research. This will be our first time in Scotland. Any tips about genealogy? Or getting from Ireland to Scotland? The history of the Scots-Irish has always fascinated me, and very many Americans have these roots. The majority of our founding fathers were Scots-Irish, including Charles Thomson, the secretary of the Continental Congress–one of the lines we’ll be following. Thanks for this timely blog! I’m looking forward to your posts!
Would love to see more pictures of things that helped inspire you in your books and descriptions of scotland (especially scenery and architecture).
I think a list of traditional names with pronunciation would be nice 😉
Place names as well as people’s names.
And I love how you’ll be including recipes!
I really enjoy your writing and these pictures are wonderful. I feel a calendar would be a great idea with scripture references or little quotes from your books. What do you think?
Beautiful website. The pictures are so soothing. Inspirational quotes would be an added effect.
I have not read any of your Scottish novels, but would love to win to see what I’ve been missing. I have your bible study books and your other contemporary novels. I am also enjoying your bible study blog on Wednesdays. Thank you so much for sharing your gift of writing and encouragement.
For me when I think of Scotland and all the British islands, I think of a simpler slower paced life. Now I know I am romanizing it. But sometimes I think it’s a good thing to take a step out of our reality and dream of what life can be. Maybe that’s why we all love to read so much, so we can dream a bit. I love the new web site by the way. The pictures are just wonderful. Its great see a place I would love to some day visit.
I have never been to Scotland physically although I do hope one day to make it. However because you have shared Scotland with us through your writing I feel as if it’s a second home. What a portrait you make for the mind..
It makes me want to hop a plane and take a visit for the shortbread and tea.. Some of my favorites…
I love the photos, would love to be able to hear some music if possible..
Or short videos of the land, and people. Maybe even of your trip when you go?!
Can’t wait til the new Christmas tale comes out.
Many blessings to you and yours,
Lizzie, I really love the photos! I haven’t had a chance to read all of your books on Scotland, but the ones I have read are so descriptive it feels like I’m right there with you and the characters in the story. All one would need is a scratch-and-sniff version and perhaps a video to really be transported there while curled up in a comfy chair at home.
My friend introduced me to shortbread. I never thought it would be so tasty. Thank you for posting such lovely pictures!
Hi Liz, The photos are beautiful. I have enjoyed reading all of your books taking place in Scotland. But, I think that I would like to read more about your experiences in Scotland and what the Lord is teaching you through His creation there.
Love the new site. Thanks for feeding our Scottish cravings. I’m so excited about the new book. Not sure how it is possible, but I think my Mom enjoys your books even more than I do. BTW – I’m enjoying “The Girl’s Still Got It” blog Bible Study. Blessings!!!
Why Scotland? For me it’s the green. I live in San Diego where there is some green but not for long. The hot sun scorches what hills are surrounding the area, the mountaintops that are visible, and the California version of a front yard (unless the owner is willing to fork out bucks for continual watering) so the result of our beautiful weather is a sea of brown to behold. Sure the beach/ocean is beautiful and “can’t be beat”, but I love the green. I love the sound and beauty of a green countryside with a history so deep that it’s hard to discover it all – much less teach about it. So for me – I love Scotland for the green! It seems so easy to be green there. :o)
I have Scottish ancestors, so learning about the history and culture ha always interested me. Your books bring the area to life. I do like the suggestions of verses superimposed on your beautiful pictures. Scottish music/bagpipes playing as you scroll through woud be a nice touch. I can almost hear them anyway! A suggestion I could add would be to a a section for recipes of special things you have enjoyed there.
Congratulations on the new site…lovely. I’d like to see a recipe for that scrumptious shortbread and some pronunciation helps for names of locations, etc. Since reading your books, I found extended family via Google and a wealth of genealogical information for my Scots-Irish ancestors (McQuiston/McDonald). I am guessing Stevenson ancestors were Scottish also. Someday, my sis and I would love to travel to Scotland and Ireland.
There’s an excellent basic recipe for shortbread on the BBC Food website –
Hope you enjoy it – i make it all the time!
I love looking at pictures of Scotland with the green lush hills. I would love to go there someday. I think having some stories of famous or not so famous people from Scotland and how they have impacted the lives of others would be interesting.
My ancestors came here from Scotland and I love reading about the many places and landmarks. You even had a very minor character with a form of my maiden name in one of your novels. I think Fair is the Rose, but I could be wrong. I love the sound of bagpipes and can imagine them as I read your stories. I can hardly wait for A Wreath of Snow. My children are still living at home and a trip to Scotland is not in the foreseeable future for us, but I hope to get there someday.
Liz, your books and your pictures take me away (like Calgon, but monumentally more fulfilling!) My husband and I dream of travel through Scotland, and we would like to see travel tips on your blog. Where to stay, what to do, what not to miss to experience the land, the people, the culture, the history of Scotland.
So lovely…More pictures, some Scottish music….oooo, maybe a lovely Scott voice narrating. 🙂 Would love to see Scotland someday.
I think Scottish music (past and present) would be a great feature. Also, in addition to Scottish history (which is endlessly fascinating to me) maybe some features on modern day Scottish life. Maybe a FAQ on what is myth and what is reality would be good, as well. Best of luck with this page. I, for one, already love it!
It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Scotland. I’m not really sure what it is, but I feel so drawn to that country, the beauty and history…just beautiful!!
I love your books and would *love* to win a set as I loaned mine out to someone who loaned them to another person who never gave them back and they are some of my very favorite books :(. You have an amazing talent for making your characters ‘real’ and your landscapes almost visible. I wish I could think of a suggestion. Write more books?? ;).
I LOVE all of your books, dear Lizzie! I would love to win your new one!
Wonderful site, Liz! The photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to read your new book! I saw you at WOF in Des Moines, IA last month and the things you talked about really spoke to me and you made me LAUGH so hard. Thank you for your courage! You asked for a question or suggestion: I would really love to see what Irish life is really like (My imagination is rural, hillsides, farms, etc…just like people think all Iowans are farmers.) 🙂 Also – now that I saw your photo and description of real shortbread I think I need a recipe! Can you recommend one? The only shortbread I know about comes in a box with a Girl Scout logo on it. I have a feeling it’s not quite the same. Thanks again and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
I would love Scottish recipes (except for haggis!), Scottish poetry and insight into daily life…is Scotland really as romantic as your books? Which I absolutely adore!
Dear Liz There are no words to describe adequately how I feel about your writings! God has given you such a gift and talent and you are using it for His glory and our blessing! My parents people came from Scotland…Orkney Isles. therefore I have a deeply imbedded love for Scotland, its’ people and especially the scenery and the bagpipes. I have a skirt made from the Kerr tartan that my Dad had made for my aunt who was his sister. Lots of precious memories there. I would love to have the shortbread recipe from you. My favourite cookie of all time. What would I like to see…………? further writings from you, more wonderful photos that remind me of God’s beautiful creation and shows me just how magestic our God is. I will be calling my Bible store to order the book “A Wreath of Snow”!!! Please keep sharing with us what God is giving you. God bless you always and in all ways!!! You are loved!!! Marion
My most vivid memory of Scotland from my visit 8 years ago is the wind. I don’t know how but the wind in the Highlands is unique and gives me goosebumps when I think about it.
I would love to know your favorite shortbread recipe!
ah the call of the Isles …. I have always longed for a wee visit — well actually a lengthy one! Would LOVE to see the land of my ancestors (Clan Armstrong and probably more!), hike the West Highland Way and just savor the country. Bagpipes and tartan stir the blood, although the weather would probably do me in ..
as for what to post on yer page … I agree that some music would be truly lovely, bits and pieces of Scottish history, maybe even different clans and their tartans now and again? (just the major ones and list their septs unless you plan to be here til the Lord returns!)
Off to the Scottish festival this weekend here in McPherson KS ….
I really don’t know why I love Scotland. There is just something in my heart that keeps driving me to the beautiful peaceful pictures, your books and a deep longing to someday make my way there to explore God’s creations.
Simply love all your books, you need to write faster. LOL
Growing up in Louisville, Ky, I spent my teenage years in the 70’s listening to the Bay City Rollers (Scottish Pop Group). With my teenage love of those guys, I became fascinated with everything Scottish. One of my dream trips would be to Scotland. With your website & books, you have brought Scotland to me! After becoming a Christian, I now have one place to come to enjoy both my love of Jesus & my love of Scotland! Thank you for all your hard work & may the Lord continue to bless you & keep you in his care!
I particularly love your Scotland pictures of bodies of water & the green fields & hills. Would love to try a meal of all Scottish dishes, yet doubt I would ever come to love some of them – such as haggis. Your pictures are beautiful, love your descriptions! I agree with the suggestions of music & videos added to the website, would also love to read short stories of your personal experiences while visiting the particular places of which you post pictures, & any tidbits of personal info you may have about various Scottish names – my personal favorite are the McGregors, my own ancesters. Thank you for such a beautiful website!
I’ve only ever seen Scotland in photographs and read about it in books, oh, and heard it in that wonderful brogue I could listen to for hours and the folk music that I love. I love the romance of a ruined castle, the history of the highland clans, and of course I am proud to bear a wee dram o’ Scottish blood in my veins. Someday, I will manage to get to Scotland and see it with my own eyes instead of through someone else’s camera lens!
Hi Mrs. Higgs,
I just finished reading your book ‘My Heart’s In The Lowlands’ and I didn’t want it to end. I would love to go to Scotland because both sides of my family came from there and I’d like to see where my ancestors walked and lived. Everything about Scotland interests me, especially the castles and tartans but since my family lines are only traceable for a few generations, I’d like to go there and do some research. I love your websites. Maybe you could include some traditional Scottish recepies on this one? And maybe you could even take us to the highlands some time by writing ‘My Heart’s In The Highlands’? Just a suggestion. God bless you and your writing and may He keep you safe, whether you’re on this side of the ocean or the other.
Scotland is a land full of history, beauty, and mystery. I look forward to your photos and learning a little more of that history right here!
I love Scotland. I’ve never been – yet, but I plan on going. Both to Scotland and Ireland. I recently found out that my mother’s side of the family are decendents of Robert the Bruce of Scotland.
I think my love affair with all things Irish and Scottish began years ago. It was probably though a book, but I honestly can’t remember which one. But I do know I was in junior high school when it began.
I think what would be a fun addition to your blog would be featuring some Scottish recipes, music, or what about having some of your Scottish characters stop by for a chat? I can just see Dinah visiting and treating us to some music. Or Jack and Elisabeth stopping by for a chat. It’d be fun.
Nothing like music to transport us to another place – love that suggestion for the site. The other thing I would love – to hear you speaking some of these blogs and descriptions, etc. Joy and encouragement and comforting and liveliness and…so many other intangibles are communicated by your spoken words. Also hearing the native patterns and rhythms of Scotland through readings of poems, inspirational sayings, etc. would be lovely also.
The #1 country I have always wanted to visit is Scotland (and Ireland), wanting to know more of my McMillan roots. Perhaps someday the Lord will grant me this desire o’ mine.
What is your most recommended place to spend a night or two in that fair land of my dreams? Something simple and on the economical side would be preferred. 😉
I enjoyed the writing of Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Doyle, and George MacDonald and taught their works to my students. I confess to reading the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, but our principal did not condone them. Are you going to craft a story around any Scottish authors or dancers?
Liz, I so love your novels set in Scotland! My father was born in Scotland – a Bell from Dumfrieshire. Of course we grew up hearing that there was no place on earth like Scotland and that you were either a Scot or a want-to-be Scot 🙂 I would love to hear clips of Thorn in my Heart, or another from the series being read in a good Scottish brogue. Thank you for this wonderful site.
I love history and would appreciate reading more about Scotland’s history here as you’re able.
Your retelling of Ruth was excellent and my question for you is this: you so seamlessly interwove Scottish history and the biblical narrative that it never seemed forced or formulaic, even though I knew the story very well–where did this particular idea come from and were you nervous about the story at all?
Thanks so much and I’ll look forward to exploring more of this site!
I love Scotland!! Ancestry partly draws me. The mystery and the beauty even more. I have been priveleged to see some of her beauties, but not much of the Highlands, I fear.
I love your books, but sometimes they are hard to read. The horrific consequences of a deed done. The beauty of a love so powerful a person can ignore the right thing to reach for it. All woven into the fabric of the Scottish life.
I look forward to more of Scotland through your eyes and words. A blessings and a stretching for my spirit.
What made you first go to Scotland? I am dying to get there. It looks so beautiful and I love castles. I can’t wait until I get that opportunity.
I love this website. Such a fun idea! What do I love about Scotland? Maybe it’s in my blood. My great-grandmother was from Scotland. I do love the scenery, history, and Scottish brogue/accent. A suggestion? As a person who loves knitting/crocheting, I would love to know more about the history of that as well as other textiles in Scotland. That would be so interesting to me.
I pre-ordered your new book, A Wreath of Snow, but have never read your other novels. I know I would love them all! My favorite fiction has always been Scottish/Irish/English.
I just recently became aware of your nonfiction and fiction writings and am so excited to read them all. God bless you for all you do!
Scottish books are absolutely my favorite books, and your’s are the BEST!!! I live for the days that your books are released. I just can’t wait to read them! When I get started I don’t want to put them down. When I finish one of your books it’s a very sad day 8( It takes all my will power not to start over on the same book1 8)
I love the Scottish picture you post. Scotland is so beautiful. I would love to see more of the homes and churches. I think some lovely Scottish music would be great too. I’ve been listening to some Scottish and Irish music lately.
I want to thank you for using the talent that God gave you by sharing your marvelous stories with us!
Oh, Carrie, why resist? When I finish one of Lizzie’s book, I usually turn right around and read them again. The first read I turn the pages near breathless to meet and travel with the characters. The second read… I savor every page … each scene, scent, sound, taste, sensation, feeling. And my husband waits patiently for me to finish… so HE can begin.
One thing abut reading them twice–you put the sad day of completion off. 🙂
I have Irish, Scottish, Welsh ancestry and my husband is Scottish. He is a descedant of Rob Roy MacGregor. Our sons have Irish names and we are all very proud of our heritage. I have always loved the British Isles, especially Scotland. Many of the books I have read over my lifetime have taken place in our beloved Scotland. I love the many pictures you have posted on your website and we have talked of visiting Scotland as our dream vacation. Hopefully we will visit soon. Meanwhile, your blog will suffice until my dream is realized. I think Scottish music on your website would be a terrific idea. I look forward to reading your latest book.
I would love to go to Scottland someday! The landscapes are breathtaking! I love reading your books and living life through the characters. Thank you for using the gifts God has given you! Have a blessed day!
I first became really interested in Scotland when I went with a friend to a highland games here in California when I was 10, and then found out I was Scottish myself. I got to learn highland dance in highschool, and then was able to spend a far too short 5 days backpacking in Scotland by myself, on spring break when I was studying abroad in Austria. It was magical and breathtaking, I never wanted to leave. Someday I want to go back with my family, but in the meantime I did the next best thing and married a piper! 🙂 We play together in a pipe band (me on tenor drum for now), and our 18-month-old son Seamus loves it too! I also play the harp and sing, and I love learning Scottish songs (my senior recital in college was a program of songs from the British Isles, featuring Scotland in particular). One of my favorite is Ca’ the Yowes.
I’d love to see more about Scottish music on your blog, maybe even get some idea for new songs to add to my repertoire. I’d also love recipes!! Especially for authentic scones, I pretty much lived off of tea and scones when I was in Scotland, and I can’t find anything like them here in the states (far too sweet!!). Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth scones…. mmmm…..
I love your books so much, I think they may be up for a re-read soon! 🙂
Hello~ Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of Scotland and for your wonderful writing. Have never been to Scotland, but hope to visit someday to see some of the places my ancestors came from (both sides of my family have Scottish & Scot-Irish roots). Would like to hear about your family history and how you traced it back. Looking forward to your new book!
Hi Liz. What a beautiful site you have created! Can’t get enough pictures and can’t wait to try the shortbread. I am leaving tomorrow to travel to Massachusetts to meet with my siblings to scatter my mom’s ashes. It was touching to see the picture of the bench along a trail. We have ordered a bench to be along a trail by our childhood home in memory of my mom and of our brother who drowned in the area back in 1964. I hope a hiker or walker along the trail will get some needed rest and maybe offer up a prayer in their memory. I loved hearing you speak last winter at Wheaton Bible Church and adore your books about Rose and Leanna. Leanna’s story of sitting on the stool broke me. I don’t think I have ever wept like I did when I read that book. Thank you for sharing your “bonny Scotland” with those of us who will probably never get there, but, especially, for sharing the redeeming power of Christ’s love for us.
Hello Ms Higgs,
The pictures you have shared are so beautiful!!
The beauty of this land, truly draws you into a
Peace and you can truly see the beauty and creativity of God.
My husband and I both would love to go there one day!
Looking forward to reading your new books!!
C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald are my two favorite authors. While I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Lewis’ home in Oxford, I have not yet made it to Huntly. It’s totally on my list of things to do. Thank you for sharing your love of Scotland!
I was introduced to the Lowlands trilogy by a friend but discovered My Heart’s in the Lowlands on my own. I adored this armchair travel guide because, while I do not currently have the means of getting myself to bonny Scotland, I felt like I was there. Are you considering a Highlands guide or another travel book? I’d love to read one based on famous locales in literature.
P.S. Have you ever been to Gretna Green?
What a breath of fresh air you’ve been. I love getting lost in your books, and the vivid imagery of wonderful Scotland. I don’t have to be cautious of your content, and am able to relax and enjoy. A cup of tea on a drizzly day make a perfect setting to read your novels.
I too would love to read stories about the traditional music of Scotland. It seems you can’t listen to it without a smile.
Thankful for your work and ministry,
I am so very glad I have found you (through Lisa Bergren)! I will now be searching for your books! My roots are in Scotland though my grandfather–or perhaps his father–changed the spelling of their name when they came to America to “Brannock”. All I know is it used to have an ach (I think) in the spelling and our “clan” is the Douglas clan. I have seen the plaid. I would love to know more about the clans and perhaps I can discover more as I read your books. So excited to learn more of my Scottish roots!
I’ve done some research on the Brannock family.
I’ve not read your books set in Scotland, but did read the retelling of Ruth and loved it! Your website here is making me want to read your books set in Scotland now. I’m intrigued! I would like to know more about what there is to do in Scotland that is free, and see more of your wonderful pictures!
I haven’t been to Scotland yet. I definitely want to go there, partly because I have some Scottish in me. I would like to learn more about its history!
Liz, you get to live my dream of travelling to Scotland and search out all these amazing places that you write about. Having a maiden name of Sinclair has kept me interested in anything having to do with Scotland my whole life. I remember when my family got a set of World Book Encyclopedias & my sisters, brother & I looked up the Sinclair tartan in one of the volumes. We were sooo excited to see our name & that beautiful picutre beside it. I’m eagerly awaiting your new book (so much so that I’ve pre-ordered it!) and am always on the lookout for anything Scottish!
What a wonderful website! Only two things I didn’t see that I’d like to…
1) Maps. All sorts of maps. Maps with color coded dots that relate to the places in your books (dif. color for dif. bks). Maps with places you’ve been – how cool would be it be if we clicked on a map dot and up popped a photo “here’s where I wrote…”
2) Reader’s Guides. I know that they’re in the back of the books, but it’d be neat to have some here too. OH wait, they’re on your regular site, with the author interviews and such. Nevermind– MAPS it is 🙂
Thanks for writing.
Love your pictures of Scotland. My Nanny was from Scotland, and my sister and her daughter are there on a holiday right now. Would love to visit there some day. What is your very favourite place in Scotland? Would love to win your books too!
I’ve read books set in Scotland that talk about the harshness of the winters and the landscape. Your photos are so beautiful that I don’t believe what I’ve read in those books.
My suggestion is to tell us about some of the food that is typical Scottish fare.
I would love to win your books so thanks for the chance.
Thank you so much for sharing your love of Scotland. My grandfather was born in Scotland, along with his 8 brothers. Our extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins still live in Edinburgh and Glasglow. It is truly a wonderful, magical place. I would like to know more about the history and geography of Scotland.
Thanks for your wonderful writings and lectures.
I am so grateful to have been introduced to your storytelling when some ladies from church invited me along to hear you speak! Pictures are always wonderful, but as I was reading the other suggestions, I saw at least one mention of a video. I have to say I would love to see a couple short video clips from you. Your “voice” comes through in your writing, but the joy you express in person is so engaging that I would endure all the loading and buffering and odd pauses my slow internet connection could dream up in order to watch videos with your unique insight and humor! 🙂
It’s been far too many years since I’ve visited this beautiful country. I agree with Janet McCord above – that the best thing about Scotland is its people. I was fortunate to have friends there, and they make the most wonderful hosts!
I’ve tried many times to recreate the shortbread I had there, along with other tea-time treats. Besides shortbread, what’s your favorite dish to have with tea?
Oooo aye, a wee visit would be lovely! Some Scottish music here would be nice-and keep the beautiful pictures coming!
Thank you for giving those of us little bits of a place we will more than likely never get to experience, this side of heaven …. God Bless
Some of my ancestors came from Scotland, but the most recent one was nearly 200 years ago now, and my blood has been highly diluted from pure Scots with those ancestors who came from Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, and France to America to find freedom from one tyranny or another, and found love together here as well. So it doesn’t seem feasible that my blood calls out to Scotland. Yet, somehow … I first heard the soulful singing of the bagpipes when I was 9, and I was filled instantly with hopes and dreams, with memories that weren’t mine hidden in the music, with a longing to go home to whatever and wherever “home” is … just home. When I began hearing Celtic harps, I was convinced that must be the kind of harp used in heaven. Any time I’ve read something based in Scotland, it felt like I was reading about family. Do I romanticize the place? Perhaps. Do I believe that there’s anything about life there that’s easy? No. Would I go see for myself? I’ve always wanted to, so my initial response would be, “You betcha!” But if someone else had to sacrifice for me to go, then no. It has always seemed to me that the very stones there called out to me to come; that the waters have beckoned with promises to wash me clean of all things negative. So why didn’t I go? Perhaps I was too afraid. I will thank you, Liz, for taking me there with your words, with your pictures. I am really looking forward to your future postings here. Thank you! And as for my theory on why so many people love Scotland … I know I am not the only one for whom the rocks call, the waters promise, or the bagpipes sing. Perhaps that has something to do with it?
I’m curious, Liz — if you were, say, French, do you think you would cherish France and write about it the way you do Scotland? 😉 Just a question to maybe set you and all of us wee readers to thinkin’…
My wish is to visit Scotland one of these days. Would have loved to join you on the Christmas trip. I am so happy to have your Scottish website up and running. Your photos are lovely, And I enjoy all the Scottish information you share with us.
I enjoy baking and would love to have more traditional Scottish recipes to try. Scones are one of my favorite treats.
I would love to win an autographed set of your books. It would be a treasured addition to my library.
I would love to have your books turned into a Focus on the Family Radio Drama – also available on CD!
One reason I love Scotland is because my grandfathers heritage is there but I don’t know enough details to trace genealogy. Also I admire the courage of the generations who have lived there. What draws you to Scotland and what began your interest in Scottish things?
I love the books I have been able to read of yours and I think recipes and a calendar with quotes from your books would be great! Along with any stories you want to share, always.
Back in 2007, I traveled with you to the Scottish lowlands in your book My Heart’s in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland. I remember you bought a Dorothy Sayers book “for me” in that little book shop. You said I should read it because the story was set in that very town where we got it. (Now, what WAS the name of that place?) Anyway, I didn’t make it home with the book, obviously, since I never left home. My Heart’s in the Lowlands was the first of your books I ever read, and I had a delightful visit (and my only visit, so far) to my “bonnie” ancestral home.
My suggestion is that you tell us what you think of bagpipe music. We have a bagpipe band in Chattanooga, my hometown, and I love the music! Maybe it’s a genetic thing, because some people can’t understand what I like about it.
I’d love to see insights into the true culture…that sort of debunks some of the stereotypes Americans tend to have of Scotland, and her people.
I love your new website all about Scotland and just love to look at all your pictures. What a beautiful country! I am looking forward to reading your new Christmas novella.
I have always love scotland. I love the sound of the bagpipes. One day i hope to visit scotland imparticle the scottish highlands and the anicent castles
Just keep writing great books!
If you could ever give away a free trip to Scotland, that would be heaven on earth.
Such a lovely site, Liz! Scotland is forever in my heart and blood. My dad was from Kilsyth, Stirlingshire. He came to the US in 1946 at age 26, after serving 8 years in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment of the British Army. He fell in love with my American mother, and they made quite a life of it. I would love it if you could show photos of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum, which is located inside Stirling Castle. I was privileged a decade ago to hand-deliver photos of my father in uniform to the museum—their records were incomplete at that time and they had no record of him having served!
You make me wish I had Scottish roots, but I’ve not found them on my family tree as yet. What a beautiful country and what wistful quotes. Something magical there. Will be returning often to see what you’ve added. My ignorance needs correcting, so teach me. Everything!
I’d love to see ways a gal from the states could move to scotland and live there! also, pictures of lambs because nothing is cuter than a new lamb. Thanks for all the great insperation and blessings!
How about a picture of the sweet puffins in John O Groats….one of my favorite beasties…thank you for this great site you have dedicated to such a special place….
I love getting lost in your books. After reading all the books in the series, I picked up your book, My Heart’s in the Lowlands”, and thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Scotland. One day I hope to visit Scotland Ireland according to my grandfather our family roots lead to both countries. I would enjoy history, music and all of the other suggestions above. 🙂 After visiting today, I think I will have to begin the series all over again.
I’d love to see anything and everything Scotland, since I will likely never visit my ancestor’s homeland. Thank you so much for your books and this site, Ms. Higgs. You’re my new favorite author and teacher. I can’t wait to dig into your wonderful stories.
Hi Liz, I do so enjoy your books and your photos of Scotland. It’s my dream to visit Scotland myself someday! I’d love to learn more about the history of Highlands and Scottish recepies.
Pick one of mine! Pick one of mine!
I’d love to see Scottish art–whether a foreigner’s interpretation of the Scottish moors or a Scotsman/woman’s interpretation of the land they love! Especially if there’s any watercolor 🙂
I’d also love to see themed recipes–so we can make our own Scottish tea time or Scottish Christmas or a traditional meal for a highlander vs. a lowlander.
I’d love to read Scottish poetry–whether historical or contemporary.
I’d love to read traditional and nontraditional Scottish prayers (if there are any!)
I’ve had to borrow your books (read most of them), but I would LOVE to have my own copy to mark up!
I would love to see photo’s of places you have visited – that you wrote about in your books. I would love to walk the paths the characters walked (in your stories) and just lose myself in the beauty of the place and your stories.
My dream was to see Scotland and we went three years ago– we are planning another trip. I was in the Lowlands, near Ayr. I also went to Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Traquair House. The scenergy was stunning, the food wonderful, but the people were so friendly. I felt so at home there. I read your books, I get Scotland magazine (love it) and can’t wait to go back.
Seeing these pictures, it makes one really desire to visit Scotland. You make us feel like we can visit without even getting on a plane. Please keep sharing the pictures and your books.
I spent a few days in Scotland about 15 years ago and felt very strongly that I had lived there in a past life. I had such a strong connection to the land, the weather, everything. Plus a love of history I just knew that was where I belonged.
Some bagpipe music. I had the blessing to stand at the St Andrew castle as a bagpiper played Amazing Grace at the cemetery. What an awesome moment as the wind carried the music to us.
Hi Liz, when I read your books I feel like I’m right there with your characters. I would some day love to visit Scotland and see the places that you have described. Thanks to you I can go there without traveling 🙂 However I would still love to travel there in person. Would also love to hear the beautiful music of the bagpipes on your blog.
Blessings to you!!
You are one of my favorite authors! And, I love how you write about Scotland. It really makes me feel like i’m there. I so hope to visit one day. Thank you for your books. I enjoy them so much.
I would like for you to “introduce” us to people you have met who live in the bonny land of Scotland!
What amazing beauty our Lord has provided for us! Liz, you are a regular source of comfort and inspiration. May you be richly blessed.
I agree with another reader’s comment. Would you be able to post Scottish recipes, especially around Christmas time? It would also be great to tell a little about the recipe itself.
I felt so homesick in the highlands. I felt like I belonged there. The green, dotted with white sheep is one thing I remember most. That and the scones!
I hope I can get this to work and post on your blog… For I love the Irish and the beauty of the country. Your books have taken my heart and mind to places that my eyes have not yet seen. Amazing, I hadn’t yet heard of you just two weeks ago and now I cannot put your books down!!! I am so thankful that we met at our Women’s Retreat in Ft. Wayne, IN and have been taken to the world of Liz Curtis Higgs pen and paper (computer). May the blessings of God continue to flow through you and your work as a speaker and author. My heart has been enriched and my walk with the Lord closer. Many thanks for all you do for the Kingdom!!!
Your atmospheric photos make me want to go back to Scotland. I was there in 2003, on a tour that also included the rest of the British Isles and Ireland. I haven’t a drop of Scots ancestry, but I’ve been drawn to the place ever since I first saw video of a pipe band (when I was five?). I’ve eaten haggis, and like it.
I grew to love Scotland through your books. Love grew when I discovered I have Scottish ancestors!
I am Scottish, with the plaid and the stubbornness :-). I have never been there and my heart yearns to go. I would love to see recipes and what their homes look like. Are things really old or have they torn down the old buildings to build new? What are some of the traditions that they still recognize? There is so much I would love to learn that anything you tell us is wonderful! Thank you so much for the site.
I love the website! I would also be interested in seeing average Scottish homes. Do they look like ones in AMerica?
Your new site is beautiful, especially the photos. I want to share them on my Facebook and would like to see share buttons for each one. I especially like the quotes from your books that go with the photos. It would be nice if every photo also had a short location description. The description could range from the town it is near, or just the general area, such as the Borders, Highlands, Deeside, etc. Even though I have read all your books set in Scotland, I don’t always remember the locations. I love telling folks about you and your books!
Earlier this year, my husband and I were spending a couple of days at Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham, AL.
One afternoon we were sitting in our room reading our Kindles. My husband was listening to something on his, so he wore ear buds. I had a historical romance set in the 1500’s of Scotland.
I was at a pivotal point in the story when I became aware of something vaguely sounding like bagpipes. I looked at my husband, absorbed with his own project. As I listened intently, it seemed to go away. I went back to my book.
Just seconds later, I heard it again, this time a little louder. I looked at my Scottish historical romance, then around the room. Was I going nuts or what?
Reluctantly I asked my husband if he could hear bagpipes. He was annoyed at the interruption, but pulled the ear buds out and listened. I knew I wasn’t the only nut in the room when his eyes widened and he looked toward the window.
I raced to the balcony, leaned over the railing and looked down to my right. Sure enough, there was a man in a kilt playing the bagpipes! We gleefully watched as he passed beneath us, the tassels on his knee socks gently swaying as he walked in rhythm to the age-old tune.
We learned later that the hotel is named after the ancient Celtic clan of Ross, whose descendants settled the area. What better way to show the plaid than a bagpiper walking the grounds each afternoon? And what better way to add a wonderfully surprising authenticity to my afternoon reading?
Liz, I love reading your books – you make me laugh, you make me cry . . . I need to catch up to your more recent books as I last read the Lowlands of Scotland Series (and need to re-read them if I can ever figure out who borrowed them & get them back!). I love this new site – the photos are breath-taking! I’d also love to see some recipes for some of the delightful food pictures you are posting – especially the shortbread!! God bless you, Love in Christ, Corrine R 🙂
I am a bit fan of your books:-) I live in Scotland and I love how true you are to the history, the language and the culture of Bonnie Alba.
I struggle to put your books down…I have to read them in one go-simply Captivating! God has given you a real gift. May you continue to bless many with the ability to translate Biblical truths into the complex tapestry of real life set in Scotland, across many different times.
As for what else I might like to see …umm! Maybe a story set in Edinburgh! or even the Northern Isles-Shetland or Orkney! I am an Edinburgher:-) so am a bit biased and Shetland is my absolute favourite place in Scotland. Wild, rugged and something very special about it.
Looking forward to more literary delights from you.
The love of Scotland encompasses the mystery of the castles, the legends, the dialect and the history of the battles. Not to mention, a cuppa of hot tea and a delicious scone to be enjoyed with the sound of bagpipes in the distance.
When I read about or think about Scotland I feel I’m being called home. It’s on a visceral level and I cannot remember when it happened, nor am I aware of doing anything to cause that feeling. I guess my genes just go “Ah, home,” when they see your lovely, powerful, enticing photos. Sort of like a giant sunflower turning its face to the sun—it just happens.
As far as the website, I hope you’ll share those interesting little intersections between real life and what ends up on your pages—sights, sounds, people, sensations, observations that prompt a story thread or just the right character for a story. Of course I’ll anticipate the recipes. And while I love hearing the pipes and drums, or your precious voice projecting the burrs and trills of Scottish poetry…I wonder if adding video and/or audio will make the site uncomfortably slow. I have noticed that on some blogs.
9And I’m so sorry to be late on posting. Noon on East Coast comes so much earlier than here on the Pacific time zone. 🙁 Still–glad to be part of the “Love Scotland” community. Blessings, Liz. Thanks for sharing so very much.
“O Scotia! For whom my warmest wish to Heaven is sent!” Robert Burns….being of Scottish decent I have the love of Scotland running through my veins. It is hard to describe how deeply the yearning to be there pulls on my heartstrings daily. It’s like a voice calling in the wind. Is it the rich history , or the beauty of the land, or the sense of belonging? I believe for me it is all of those. I am of the MacDonald Clan…a mighty one! Married a Moffatt. We spent time in Moffat, Scotland. Took my daughter, Afton, to the Afton Water. She still has the jar of water on her shelf….crystal clear! While there, we visited a Border Collie farm. The woman running it was a doll. She wore jeans and a flannel shirt. Her jeans tucked into her wellies. She gave the command and her collies rounded up the sheep. We watched in delight at the beautiful sight. At the end, she collected all the monies and led us to the souvenir shop, where we spent even more on Border Collie whistles for our three daughters. After returning home, not a day goes by that my thoughts do not take me back to that farm, and I say to myself…”Yeah, that’s what I’m going to do!” I haven’t given up on that dream:)
New friends and old, your comments and suggestions have been hugely helpful this week, and will shape the posts you’ll read on MyScottishHeart.com in the months to come. After reviewing each one, I’ve decided you are most interested in Scottish music (can do), more photos with inspiring words (you bet), historical anecdotes (delighted), stories of famous Scots (aye), personal discoveries from my many trips to Scotland (happy to share), and recipes (fear not!). Again, thank you for taking the time to let me know how I may best serve you.
And congrats to Shelly Rebman, our winner for all eight of my Scottish books. As a big box wings its way to her doorstep, I’m already at work on the next blog post and look forward to your response. Haste ye back!
I’ve been in love with Scotland and Ireland , Wales and England (especially the “celtic fringe” – at the risk of being redundant) ever since as a preteen I first began to understand the concept of heritage. I asked my mom and dad where we came from and I got back: “English, Irish, German, French, Scottish and Welsh.” I’ve often wondered what drew me so strong to the “celtic” roots? Why not the German or French?
My maiden name is a gaelic name “Loghry” but I don’t understand why my uncle insists we are scots\irish. Yes, the first Loghry came over in the mid 1700’s and settled in Pennsylvania. I believe he came from co. Antrim. That would associate them with the protestant lowland scottish folk who were implanted in Ireland 100 years earlier. But these scottish folk I read about were not scottish gaels , so how is that we protestant “scots\irish” have a gaelic name that is still found in Ireland? This is my mystery. I’d love to go back in time and find out for myself. Is this question clear as mud?
I respond to myself! I know another reason I love Scotland (And Ireland …) ’cause my name is SO. I don’t know if others named Heather feel the same but I am proud of my name and see it wreathed in heather. My middle name is Mavis which I learned a long time ago is the name of a song thrush in Scotland. There is Scottish song that I did for voice lessons once. It’s called “Ca’ the yowes tae Knowes”. Both my names are part of the lyrics. This is all a “coincidence”. My parents named me Heather because they thought it was pretty and Mavis is for my aunt.
I have a niece that lives in Scotland. I went in 2008 and got to return in 2011 as well as Ireland.
It is hard to describe how I feel. I spent a month last year there. I soooo loved it. I used my niece’s home (near Glasgow) as “home base”, but traveled around quite a bit.
My heart is drawn there. What a beautiful country.
Although I will say, that most every tour you go on, there is a castle and a distillery included. 🙂
I’ve got the travel books; maybe someday soon, I’ll have a dream come true. Thank you for the pictures that reveal a true vision of a grand country.
I don’t know if it because of my Scottish heritage or not but the from the very first day I visited Scotland I felt “at home”. Whether in the cities of Edinburgh or Stirling or in the rural areas of Fintry or the Highlands, there was a sense of peace and an overwhelming feeling of being where I belonged.
Can’t wait to go back!
Even though there isn’t a tiny bone of Scotish, nor Irish in me( I’m Romanian, Greek descendant), I fell in love with Scotland, a while ago, when reading Victoria Magazines. A few years ago I visited parts of Ireland with my husband. It was in late February, early March. It rained most of the time, and it was very cold, but we managed to drive around through the south and part of southeast coast. The lush green of every turn we took on the road, and the old abbeys we visited, just transported us back in time. I love the bagpipes, and every time I hear Amazing Grace played, I get chills down my spine. I just discovered your your books, and couldn’t put them down, to the detriment of my family life. Everyone survived though, through the long, hot summer :). Now that you have Ruth Study on line, I make an effort to get up early every Wed morning, to read it, and try to answer the questions, along with yours. How I’d love to go visit Scotalnd, in the near future.Thank you so much for the way you interweave such beautiful stories with God’s Word. Wished I had read and responded sooner, on Sept 19th, which was my birthday. Love your website, and I’ll visit it more often,
I loved the pictures. My love for Scotland is mostly because of my ancestry which is mostly Scot (with a wee bit of German from one grandfather) But I’m not drawn to Germany at all. I’m like lots of other readers. I am sorry when the book is finished and I reread them maybe a year later. You have such a gift for making us feel like we are there while reading the story. I look at Leah of the Bible is a new light. Looking forward to your new novella. Hope a new Scottish series is in the works. 🙂
I can remember singing the Loch Lomond song with my wee Scottish mommom — we would belt it out together when I was just a wee lass. Now, I love sharing your books with my 82 yr old mom who loves her Scottish heritage and loves that your books provide a wonderful reflection into God’s Word amidst a delightful story. Thanks for wholesome reading!
Liz, your are so wright. So many reasons are good to love Scotland! I fell in love with this Country after reading your books! I’m going in Scotland in July 2013.
your an amazing author.
I have never met or heard about a french who does not love scot people.I know much about Scotland history and it’s a fascinating country.I have to say that, as a rugby fan, my youth was full of the old Murrayfield and the Irvine, Biggar, Carmichael, Mac Laughlan, Renwick, Brown’s brothers (rip Gordon),Mac Harg, Mac Geechan…etc…what a fairy years for me.Salute to the people of Scotland.Sorry for my english.
I’m french and I think it’s not possible not to fall in love with so beautiful lands and viewes:-) with a few handsome scottish men 🙂