Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SCOTLAND IN SEPTEMBER: Glengarry Castle Hotel to Loch Ness

Even though I've not written about Scotland recently, I haven't forgotten this incredible country. After leaving the Isle of Skye, we stopped several times to see more castles and to snap pictures of the scenery before checking in to the Glengarry Castle Hotel. Remember to click on pictures to enlarge.

 I took this photo through the car window.
Invergarry Castle, the seat of the Chiefs of the MacDonells of Glengarry, was partially destroyed in 1746. Bonnie Prince Charlie planned his escape from here and returned to France after the Jacobite uprising in 1745.

Only crumbling exterior walls remain of Invergarry Castle. 
Because of safety concerns, it stays roped off.

Scottish architect David Bryce designed and built Glengarry Castle Hotel for Edward Ellice Jnr. between 1866 and 1869. The hotel is located on 60 acres of Highland woodland on the shore of Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal. 
Glengarry Castle Hotel as seen from our car.
 Remember how I said in my blog post dated 2/6/12 that I'd love to stay in Glengorm Castle for a week or a month? Well, I felt the same about Glengarry Castle Hotel!
 Ron and I liked our bedroom with private bath a lot.

 View from our bedroom window.

 Looking out at Loch Oich from the large living room.

 We ordered tea and scones with jam in the afternoon.

 I took my camera and walked the path to the Loch.

 Looking back at Glengarry Castle Hotel 
from halfway down the Loch path.

 I wanted to paddle around in this boat, soak in the Scottish 
atmosphere, get back to my Scottish roots.

Dinner here was absolutely delicious, as were breakfast and the afternoon tea. Yep, I could've stayed here for weeks, but adventure called. We headed off to Loch Ness with high hopes of sighting "Nessie."

 This was pretty much a tourist trap, but still interesting.

 Ron, Joyce and Larry pose with "Nessie."

Is there really a Loch Ness monster, a "Nessie"? I want to believe there is, that "Nessie" and her kin inhabit the Loch, that they are healthy and happy. What do you think?

 This photo, supposedly of "Nessie," was taken by 
Wm. Jobes in May 2011. The light spot on 
the right is the flash from my camera.

Above is a picture of William. Jobes' statement about his sighting of "Nessie" in May 2011. This picture is larger because I want you to be able to read what William said. I asked the salesgirl if "Nessie" was really real. She smiled, said "What do you believe?"

I'd like to know what YOU believe!!!

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