I was in Scotland this past week to meet with a group of women writers. All of us have written or are in the process of writing books about women and the perils they sometimes face. We were there to listen and support one another through the tough process of writing, publishing and promoting our stories. I feel honored to have been included in this newly formed alliance and look forward in seeing where it takes us…

Ingrid Schippers the Dutch co-author of Bloodlines Touch Not the Cat, and I, stayed at the Bargany B&B in Troon. I had a beautiful view of the Firth of Clyde from my room and woke up every morning to the delightful smell of a full Scottish breakfast waiting. Ingrid is also in the process of writing a life-make-over book for women.

Full Scottish breakfast

On our first evening before meeting up with the others, we had dinner at a local pub and were joined by her co-author of Bloodlines, Tom McKerley. Tom lives in Troon and their book is a Scottish Genealogy Mystery Novel, which is a fantastic book that I highly recommend. No surprise Ingrid and I ordered fish & chips for dinner, while Tom ordered Haggis (I did try it and here is the picture to prove it) It tasted okay, I guess, but I don’t think I’ll be eating it again.

When in Scotland, do as the Scottish…

The following day, Ingrid and I set out for the town center and what do you think was the first thing we came across? A used bookstore – which is every writers dream! I was thrilled to find a book of Scottish Love Poems. A great souvenir.

We also stumbled across a great little coffee shop that sold original Scottish arts, craftwork and jewelry called, The Little Shop With No Name. Where we procrastinated intensely over a selection of homemade cakes offered and ultimately ended up with an assortment of them all. They were delicious and easily washed down with two cups of piping hot, green tea.

Lemon Drizzle Cake, Scottish Dumpling, Rich Macadamia Fruit Cake and Cinnamon Apple Scones – yummy!

We worked off our sugar rush with a long walk, on the soft sandy beaches of Troon…

Later that evening we joined the others in a literary powwow, which lead the way to plenty of laughter, a few tears, some spicy Indian food and Champaign. I’m glad I went.

Troon Center

The promenade along the beach

Thanks for a great day Ingrid!


About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on August 26, 2012, in travel, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. This is fabulous! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time, Maggie! When me and Mister T got back together (we had a short spell of dating as teenagers) seven years ago we had our first official date at Troon Beach. πŸ™‚ Good times! πŸ™‚

  2. I have a hankering now for afternoon tea with cake and earl grey – can’t think why!

  3. what a lovely journey! thank you for sharing this i want to go to scotland now πŸ™‚ have a lovely day xx

  4. Beautiful pictures…looks like a great place to be.

  5. Looks like you had a good time with not too much rain!! ?

  6. Wish I had been there Maggie but definitely the next time, for sure..xxxxxNiamh

  7. Maggie, the next time i will defintely be there..was there in spirit xxxNiamh

  8. What a wonderful experience that must have been..a meeting of minds in a spectacular location! Lovely photos – thank you for sharing snippets of your trip with us!

    • You know, it really was nice to be around other women who have or are, going down the same path I did. Writing and promoting is hard, and lonely work, especially since none of us are “professionals”

  9. Gosh, what a wonderful productive trip not to mention the luscious food!

  10. This is kind of sad, so Scotland looked amazing, don’t get me wrong…but I am salivating over those food pics. That breakfast looked incredible! πŸ™‚ “Go to Scotland to eat breakfast” now on bucket list, lol.

  11. Maggie, thank you SO very very very much for this lovely impression of a wonderful time. It was SO special. You know, a few times per lifetime you’re part of an encounter that is so BIG you dont really feel the significance of it while its happening; but looking back now I think this is one of those moments in life that we will never forget. And on a second note; thinking of that lemon cake my mouthwatering glands remember immediately!
    If I remember correctly you conquered some recipes of some of those cakes from “The shop with no name” in Troon. Care to share? Ingrid

    • It was nice, wasn’t it?
      I only got the recipe for the apple scones…
      But I’m sure if you ask Carol Anne she will give you the recipe for the lemon drizzle. You can find her on Facebook.
      (If you get it..pass it on please!) xxoo

  12. Ah Scotland, such a fantastic place. I love the people too, they’re such good craic and their accents are great! πŸ™‚
    You look like you had a great time, so lovely pictures!
    Your writer women’s group sounds interesting, looking forward to hearing how everyone gets on!

  13. What a great trip! Love the photos and journey highlights! (Now I am hungry) So glad that you had such a wonderful time β™₯

  14. I think I’m a smidge envious, it really does sound like fun and the used book store and like minded people, yes a little envious but very happy for you, Penny πŸ™‚

  15. Sounds like a wonderful trip, Maggie! I love the photos. Brave lass, for tasting the haggis!

  16. Catching up with your posts here is such a treat, Maggie. I love reading about your travels. Your accompanying photos are wonderful too, though they often make me hungry or else wish that I could fly to such stunning scenery and interesting places. I’m so glad that you have had marvelous travels–maybe not the expired passport stamp, but little glitches and delays do remind us that we are on earth, despite the heavenly adventures. I love bookstores, too, any little bookstore. Have you ever been to Toronto? I was there about a decade ago and hope that when I return the many antiquarian bookstores are still in fine form.
    Have a wonderful visit with your daughters and family! ~ Lily
    (p.s.– I Love Persuasion! Austen is one of my great escapes.)

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