I'm going to Scotland in July!!
My sister Alice will be joining us on the tour, coming from Israel. She's also a fan of Diana's books, although she doesn't have a lot of spare time for reading. I'm delighted that I'm going to be able to share this special experience with her. And my mom is also coming along, for the sightseeing and to help with the logistics of travel and accessibility. (She is not a fan of the books but has promised to at least give OUTLANDER a try before we go in July. <g>)
I can't tell you how happy I am to finally be able to do this. As some of you may know, I have cerebral palsy and use an electric scooter for long distances. I don't travel a great deal, and I really wasn't sure I'd ever be able to go to Scotland. But this tour seems just right for us, and Judy has been amazingly responsive and willing to go out of her way to address all of our concerns about accessibility, etc. I'm looking forward to this so much! I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic experience. <g>
If you have been on this tour or know someone who has, please let me know. (Here is an article from 2008 about a group of fans in Florida who went on this tour.)
And of course if you have any tips for a first-time visitor to Scotland, please share them!
Diana's reaction on Compuserve, when I posted about this last night, was, "Judy is fabulous, and I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time!"
By the way, Judy is mentioned (along with Judie Rousselle and Elenna Loughlin and the rest of the Ladies of Lallybroch) in the Acknowledgements to THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, for "the bench in the eighteenth-century walled garden at Culloden House, kindly dedicated to me and my books". You can see a slideshow with photos of the bench and Diana here. (In case you're wondering, yes, this is the same garden where Elenna Loughlin took that gorgeous photo of Diana that appears on the back cover of SCOTTISH PRISONER.) I'm excited that I'll get to see that lovely garden, and the bench, for myself next summer!