My husband and I will soon celebrate 25 years of marriage. It’s hard to believe we have now been together longer than we were ever single. There have been ups and downs like all marriages but we can see the Lord’s hand, leading and guiding and protecting our union over the years and we are very thankful for His faithfulness. I’m looking forward to the next 25!
In deciding how to celebrate I came upon a great travel deal and we booked it! We will be going to Ireland, Scotland and a wee part of Northern England (Holy Island!) for ten days. This is truly a dream come true and here are the many reasons why:
While writing The Guardian Duke, book one of the Forgotten Castles series, I researched a good portion of Ireland. My heroine, Alexandria, travels there in search of her parents. She visits Belfast, Killyleagh and the Killyleagh Castle, and Dublin. On our portion of the Ireland trip we will be staying just outside of Dublin at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Powerscourt.
The spa and Gordon Ramsay restaurant look especially appealing along with the formal English gardens, quaint village of Enniskerry nearby and the Powerscourt mansion. We are planning to explore Dublin, the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough (valley of two lakes), the Ring of Kerry OR Cliffs of Moher (any votes for either of these for those of you who have been? I can’t decide!) and the special treat, which I am just over the moon about, is to get to meet in person Clive Scoular, Gawn and Penny Rowan Hamilton who own Killyleagh Castle which is featured on the cover and Ann, the village librarian who is so sweet and stocks my books! I have communicated with these people over the last few years and am looking forward to getting to see them and their beautiful village face to face.
Killyleagh Castle, Killyleagh Ireland
Dublin, Ireland with the Liffey River featured.
After a week in Ireland, we will fly to Edinburgh, Scotland where we will explore Edinburgh, the castle and city sights.
Take a day tour to explore Loch Ness, the Highlands and Stirling Castle where William Wallace once lived and several other villages.
Loch Ness, where we will have lunch and take a cruise on the lake. Do you believe in Nessie?
On our last day, we will drive (hope Tony figures out how to drive on the left side of the road!!) to Holy Island, Northumbria, England. This is where my heroine, Alexandria, was born and raised. It has a causeway that floods from the sea several times a day so the crossing to get there can be tricky! Can’t wait to see the castle where Alexandria grew up!
Lindesfarne Castle, Holy Island, England
We may, if time permits see Alnwick Castle just southwest of Holy Island.
And then we fly home. I’m sure it will be exhausting but exhilarating and the Scotland part of the trip is for research for my new novella – A Highlander for Christmas – coming out this November! More on that soon!