The work of the famous Scottish novelist, poet and playwright, Sir Walter Scott, first turned The Trossachs into a tourist destination in the nineteenth century, so it seemed very fitting to use it as a refuge for the frightened Eva in The Truth Will Out.
During our visit to Scotland earlier this year we stayed close to Eva’s first hideout in Kinlochard. It felt strangely nostalgic navigating the winding country lanes around Loch Ard and visiting the very real village of Kinlochard having shared the beautiful landscape in my second book, but I was pleased (and slightly relieved) to find it looking much as I remembered it.
Here is a little snippet of Eva’s Scotland in pictures:
This is Aberfoyle, Eva’s first landing place where she filled up with petrol and stocked up with groceries before heading off into the heart of the Highlands.
Although the shop has now closed, I was delighted to find that the wonderful ‘Wee Blether Café’ still sits on the corner of the turn into Kinlochard Village. If you find yourself in the area, do call in for a hot chocolate and a slice of homemade cake. You can be sure of a warm welcome from the friendly staff.
This is Eva’s view across Loch Ard from the back of her parents’ bungalow.
And the fictional bungalow where she stayed, ‘Lochside’, would have looked something like this (with the addition of decking).
This is one of the views she would have enjoyed on her journey into town.
Thank you for reading about Eva’s Scotland. Having visited the area almost annually for the last twenty years, it felt like the perfect hideaway for a young woman on the run and the breathtaking scenery offered the perfect juxtaposition to her own situation of being hunted down.
If you’ve read The Truth Will Out, I hope you enjoy these pictures of Eva’s hideout. And if you haven’t and are wondering if the police find her before the killer? Well, you’ll just have to read the book yourself to find out.
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Wishing you all a happy and healthy week!