Two places that I adore feature in the story, so here’s a bit more about my time in each of them with some photos:
… where Jenny lives …
I first went to Bath for a few days about six years ago as part of a Jane Austen pilgrimage, which you can read about here and I loved it.
To this day, it remains one of my favourite cities. It has a lot of character and charm, with it’s sandy coloured buildings, picturesque river, and historical sites.
I’ve returned many times since, sometimes just to wander around for a day, others to stay for a weekend. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. There is plenty to do there, for a day or longer …
In the book, Jenny often walks around Bath so if you’ve never been some of these photos will give you a feel for the streets and how much character Bath has. At one point, she sits down by the river with her dog Wentworth – this photo shows the spot I was imagining her sitting in.
If you fancy going to Bath, I highly recommend a visit to the Roman Baths – over 2,000 years old and fascinating. Afternoon tea at the Pump Room is amazing. And if you’re a Jane Austen fan, then the JA centre is a must. There are also plenty of nice shops to wander around, the Royal Circus and Crescent are beautiful streets to walk to, and Martini’s is an amazing Italian restaurant which we loved.
… maybe you’ll also keep an eye out for Jenny’s friend Shane’s cafe 😉
Isle of Skye
… where Jenny goes on holiday with Hayley …
Those who have read Independent Jenny will have an inkling that I adore Skye. I went there on holiday in September 2013, and during that week I came up with much of the plot for the book, so it really did inspire me.
I stayed in a cottage very similar to the one described by Jenny, and went to all the places she mentions. Beautiful, peaceful, tranquil place – I highly recommend it if you enjoy walking holidays.
The weather can be a bit iffy (as seen in my pics), but we are always happy to drive about so we toured the island, looking for nice spots.
The sunsets were particularly beautiful, and obviously inspired me a lot.
Several readers have told me they’re now keen to go to Skye and see the sunsets … go! Gaze at the beauty 🙂
Here’s just one of the zillion photos I took, perhaps you can imagine Jenny and Will watching this now … stunning, isn’t it?
Another place Jenny falls in love with is Elgol. It was a little cloudy on the day I visited, so google for better images … but you can see here the stony beach, and the Cuillins in the background.
A really peaceful, calm place – bit of a drive where we stayed near Uig, but well worth the trip for yet more tranquility …
Kilt Rock – a gorgeous waterfall, that flows right into the sea. Jenny’s time here is very similar to my own, a coach trip of tourists turned up so it was quite busy, but the sound of the water and the view was quite something and well worth a little trip out to …
Last but not least, a photo of one of the beaches on the Isle of Skye. My dog Poppy (who inspired Jenny’s dog Wentworth, of course!) loved running along the sand and playing in the water here.
So – fancy a trip to Bath or Skye? Feel free to email me or leave a comment below if you have any questions or want any advice 🙂