Scotland Trip – June 2022


After attending the RARE Edinburgh book signing, my husband and I journeyed north of the city to the tiny town of Auchenblae. During our week visit, we met a man, John, who raises Scottish Coos (Cows). His coos are raised to be shown in competitions, and Ilsa is his champion, having already won seven competitions so far this year. When we met John, he was getting her and her calf, Iona, ready for another judging by giving her a bath and combing. I was thrilled that I got to help out! She was huge up close, with a big wet nose. I loved how she would snort and lick her nose, her large brown eyes staring at me through her shaggy mass of hair. Her calf, Iona, was shy but I got to pet her briefly before she ran to nurse underneath her 1,000-pound mama. Scottish coos are now my favorite emblem of Scotland.


Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal and YA romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entrances Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination every time she visits. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since her first journey across the pond. When she is not creating vibrant characters & magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, rescued golden retriever & 3 kids in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.



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