Scotland Trip – June 2022 Part 3


Stonehaven, Scotland

Dunnottar Castle

Being a Scottish historical romance author, I naturally dressed in one of my historical gowns to tour a 16th century castle, which was built on a site with an even older history. The fact that Dunnottar Castle is listed as one of the most haunted castles in Scotland was a bonus! While touring the brewery in one of the ruined buildings, I read the plaque about a ghost that was sometimes seen there. The spirit was known to wear a green tartan and seemed to be looking for her children. One theory is that she was a native Pict, looking for her “children” who had turned Christian. As I was moving around the brewery’s dark room, running my hands over the ancient walls, the gray stone seemed to turn colder. I shivered, wrapping my light shawl around my shoulders, and headed toward the doorway to seek the sun again. As I was leaving the room, my friend snapped a picture of me (one of many he’d been taking of me in my dress that day). Later that night, as he flipped through them, he called me over. I was startled to see a white orb over my shoulder in the picture. Maybe the Lady in Green was curious about this other lady in green visiting her castle.


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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