About Me

You can take the girl’s heart out of Scotland, but you can’t take Scotland out of the heart of the girl.

Hello, I am Wendy. Welcome to My Plaid Heart!

Have you ever been to a place that reached into your soul so deeply that you never seem to get over the constant longing to return? A place that etched itself onto your heart in such a way that every time you are ready to plan a trip, everywhere else seems to pale in comparison?

I sure have. For me, that place is Scotland.

The first time my husband and I traveled to Scotland, I knew it was going to be a special trip. What I didn’t know was just how much I would be affected by it. In the days, weeks, months, and years that followed, I found myself thinking about the experiences of that first two-week trip (and now our subsequent trips) all the time. I often poured over the thousands of photos that we took (literally thousands!) and reminisced, always feeling that deep longing to return. It’s odd, but even now, the most minute details of that first trip remain crystal clear in my mind.

Going to Scotland opened up something within me. For the first time in my life, I found myself interested in history. I started reading the poetry of Burns and Stevenson (which led me to take interest in other poets as well). I discovered a love for Celtic music. I developed an interest in European architecture. I began to include Scottish touches in the way I decorated our American home. And maybe best of all, I began to use all of that pent-up enthusiasm to begin writing regularly.

That is how this site was born. ‘They’ always say you should write about your passion. It was a no-brainer then that when I finally got the courage to become a blogger, my passion for Scotland would be the heartbeat of my blog.

I think of this site as a travel blog, but it is really a bit more than that. I write about the experiences and adventures we have had (and continue to have), but I also like to offer my readers a chance for deeper appreciation by examining some of the historical context behind the places that I feature. In my blog, I explore literature, historical figures, music, whisky, gardens, castles, and other architecture.  I even do a little Scottish cooking from time to time!

It brings me so much joy to share our experiences and photos with you, dear reader. Scotland or otherwise, I hope I can use this creative outlet to help inspire you to make the journey that your heart has always desired.

Cheers and happy traveling,

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A few things to note:

All posts and photos (unless otherwise noted) are the property of Wendy at My Plaid Heart.  Use of either is prohibited without written request and approval.

I only post about places and things that I have actually experienced firsthand.  Thankfully, that list continues to grow!

All opinions are my own.  I do not get paid for any endorsements.

I do my very best to provide accurate information for my readers.  If you think you have come across a mistake or inaccuracy, however, please do not hesitate to let me know!

17 thoughts on “About Me

    • Thank you so much for following. 🙂 I’m not positive about the heritage. My mom was a Stewart but beyond her father’s name, I do not know anything. My father’s side hails from Northumberland, England, so it is possible from his side as well. I would love to do the ancestry thing and dig deeper.

  • Hi Wendy, your passion for Scotland leaves an impression that eventually you will be a guide for Scotland in true sense with a collection of beautiful pics with their tag line and description covering all the dimensions thereof.
    Your awesome profile pics portrays you as a casual but dynamic traveler which must be aligned with your spirit to travel as an adventurer with a camera.
    Wish you all the best!

  • Hello Wendy! Hope the passion of visiting the amazing places, clicking stunning pics, extracting the information from the history and disseminating the experience in the bunch of words, expressions wrapped up with sentiments and emotions will be in momentum as usual. Wish warm regards to all nice efforts!

    I belong to Bihar, India. The capital of the state Bihar is PATNA. On 22nd March 2018, there was a celebration locally known as Bihar Day to remember the day of formation of Bihar in 1912. I came to know from the news and a small video clipping that Scotland too has a place named as PATNA which has historical association with the capital of Bihar, PATNA.

    As i too write a travel blog about the places in India, and am preparing to write an article on PATNA, I request you to visit the Scotland, Patna and publish an article thereof, and share me with there pics as i will mention the Scotland, PATNA in my article with the courtesy of your pics. My blog is:
    https://seth-traveldiary.blogspot.in/

    Wish you in cheerful moments!

    • Hi Pravin! Thanks for your wonderful comment. What a neat association between Scotland and your home country of India. I had not heard of Patna, Scotland before. I just did a quick Google search and it is located in East Ayrshire, a region of Scotland I have yet to visit. I won’t be visiting Scotland this year but perhaps I will be able to add that stop to my itinerary in the future. I look forward to reading your article. Thanks again for your comment!

  • hi

    this is Prakash from India. loved ur blog and I m also from Bihar.
    hope to connect with Pravin soon for his experiences of life.
    I hope he is a good guy.
    keep the good job going.

  • Hello Wendy, a sense of excellent and remarkable attitude “life must have depth rather than long” prevails as i come across your blog which has extended its horizon to cover all aspects of Scotland viz., architecture, beauty of nature, delicious food habit, etc. of Scotland with their history and pics with tag line. I salute the energy level, curiosity, writing & photography skill, and time management you possess and above all to share with all of us. I wish Wendy be blessed with more skill to exploit full creativity potential!
    How surprise it is – an interest to read history and literature of Scotland transformed Wendy into a complete journalist!
    The earlier black & white profile pics with cap was much compatible with the blog subject matter, i believe. Cap adds an moving dimension in your personality which is more closely associated with your hobby. Moreover, the landscape on the backdrop of the pics also suits. My opinion.

    A flavor of love and affection is exhibited in the Title Tag Line “the Scotland remains close with the heart of Scotland girl — a strong bond with the country they belong” Quite fascinating!!
    Thank you, Wendy!

    • Thank you very much, Pravin. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog. I do certainly enjoy writing it. Scotland is a very beautiful country. I hope one day you’ll have the chance to visit!

  • Hi Wendy! I am so glad I came across your blog. Scotland was my first love! We went there a few years ago and, like you, I still remember everything. 🙂 I’m excited to read your posts! — amor

    • Thank you so very much! It’s always nice to meet others who have the same affinity for Scotland. It is truly a remarkable country and it makes me so happy to share my passion for it. Thank you for reading my blog! 🙂

  • I share your love of Scotland Wendy, even though I’m a sassenach 🙂
    I’ve travelled around much of the country, but much to my frustration, I’ve only managed to cover a few pages on my own blogs – but at least I have the privilege of reading yours.

    You have a wonderful way with words and your photographs send me straight back up there.
    Thanks for following my wanderings, and I’m more than pleased to be following yours.

  • Hi Wendy, Although born in the UK, I’m almost ashamed to admit I never visited Scotland or Ireland. I certainly ‘pounded’ much of the UK and Wales and many countries abroad over the years though. I do understand your passion, although
    mine is for Wales. My mother was Welsh and. during WW2 I was evacuated there as a child and grew to love it. You have such a charming, engaging and natural way of writing which – I feel – says a lot about your personality. Husband and I have had truly ,lovely Scottish friends and I fully understand the draw. It’s a beautiful country.
    Where do you live in the US? Now ancient, we are retired in Spain. Recommended! Cheers. x

    • Joy, thank you so much for your compliment. It is truly one of the nicest I have received! 🙂

      I don’t think there’s any shame in not having visited Ireland or Scotland. If you’re like me, you find something you love and stick with it. I would very much like to visit Wales one day. I understand there are more castles there than anywhere else in the U.K. And the scenery looks every bit as breathtaking as Scotland!

      Spain sounds lovely. What led you to retire there? I live in Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place. 🙂

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