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This is the mysterious "Lair of the Wolf of Badenoch" perched on a little island in the middle of Loch-an-Eilean...and the site figures importantly both in the historical novel ISLAND OF THE SWANS and in it's contemporary spin-off, THAT AUTUMN IN EDINBURGH...

Loch an Eilean Castle, Highland, Scotland. "Built on a island in Loch an Eilean (Rothiemurchus) stands a ruin. The castle was once a stronghold of the Wolf of Badenoch."

Eilean Donan, Loch Duich, Scotland

Major Robin MacLaren is the owner of Kinrara House, Jane Maxwell, the 4th Duchess of Gordon's former country home. He arranged with the Grants to row me over on Loch-an-Eilean to the ruined castle, the former "Lair of the Wolf of Badenoch" who terrorized the neighborhood in the 14th century. (Author's photo)

In the mid 1980s, I was rowed across Loch-an-Eilean, near Kinrara and Aviemore, Scotland, to see the ruin that reputedly had been a trysting place over the centuries…(Author's photo)

The Culloden Memorial to the some 1400 who died here in the spring of 1746…a battle that orphaned Fiona Fraser's ancestor, the first Thomas Fraser "The Lost Lieutenant" in the novel 'That Autumn in Edinburgh.'

Most of That Autumn in Edinburgh takes place in that city or south, in the Borders, but the Epilogue finds the protagonists driving up to the Highlands for the last scene...seeing landscapes that look like this...

SCOTLAND - To have both the privilege of an unspoiled nature together with the guarantee of an internation historical town full of life and events.

Dunkeld Cathedral. A fine effigy of the Wolf of Badenoch is in the church.

This monument paying tribute to Sir Walter Scott is on the edge of Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. What other country honors an author by putting him on every single piece of currency? Well, why not? He basically invented the historical novel...Ivanhoe...Rob Roy....literature that has weathered the test of time...