|Brig 0'Turk, a village in Scotland|
Writers and artists for centuries have always loved to hide away and do what they do best, create. In Victorian times the Trossachs area of Scotland was a popular haunt for many, including painter, John Everett Millais, art critic, John Ruskin and poet, William Wordsworth.
|Brig o'Turk Tea Room, built 1923 approx|
Last year on my travels I took some photographs in Brig o'Turk a small village, a half-mile from Loch Venacher. Its rural location doesn't mean that nothing ever happens here, it was here that the famous love affair between Effie Gray, teenage-wife of John Ruskin and John Everett Millais took place in the 19th-century. Gray finally having her unconsummated marriage to Ruskin annulled, to marry Millais.
It's a romantic setting for sure, but if love isn't on your mind it's a great place to go walking, cycle, or retreat. The 1923, tea room featured in the second picture has also had its five-minutes of fame in the 1959 film, the 39 Steps, a remake of the Hitchcock classic.
You may not want to do any of the above there, but you can always just stop take in the scenery and have a cup of tea.