Hello again! Last month I told you how I ended up on the west coast of Scotland owning a bookshop with three other women (my best friend, my daughter, and her best friend). I also promised to tell you about the name of our town. But why don’t I let the experts tell you - here’s the text from the Inversgail Tourist Board’s Welcome to Inversgail brochure:
"Welcome to Inversgail—story capital of the Scottish Highlands! When you arrive, lift your hat to our statue of Scotland’s most famous storyteller—Robert Louis Stevenson.
"Why not start your visit with a story about our name—Inversgail? The story begins with the small river that flows from green sheep- and heather-covered hills and spills into the sea at Inversgail. There’s no question about the “inver” part of our name. Inver means both “river mouth” and “confluence of waters.” The river’s name, though, is the source of some debate. On modern maps it’s the Sgail. But once upon a time, and since maps of the area have existed, the name has been spelled Sgail, Skail, and Sgeul. Which is correct?
"Inversgail is a west Highland gem. We’re a resort town within easy distance of Oban, Fort William, and Dornie, located in the Argyll and Bute council area. Our natural harbor and white sand beaches are protected from the open sea by the western isles. Our summer waters are warmed by the Gulf Stream, inviting bathers and boaters. Hills rise behind our charming houses and shops creating a picturesque backdrop and fulfilling the dreams of photographers and hillwalkers. Fishing and crofting are the traditional ways of life in and around Inversgail. Tourism and our tradition of good stories allow our lovely area to thrive.
"A friendly word of caution—once you’ve visited Inversgail, you’ll want to call it home. And we’ll be here to welcome you!"
Plaid and Plagiarism, book 1 in the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, comes out December 6, 2016, and is available for pre-order now.
Molly MacRae is also the author of the award-winning, national bestselling Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. Visit Molly on Facebook and Pinterest, connect with her on Twitter @mysteryMacRae, or find her the first Monday of each month at Amy Alessio’s Vintage Cookbooks and Crafts.