Earlier today I shared the books that steered me in this direction. This afternoon I want to share the boys who steered me in this direction.
The original Highlander movie (with Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod) was my biggest inspiration for setting a story in Scotland. After a rough day tour from Sunderland, England when I was 10 to Scotland where I ate a burger in a Woolworth's type place, I vowed never to set foot in Scotland again.
When I watched this movie again and again, I fell in love a bit more with the scenery and the idea of Connor (and later Duncan) coming from the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. Combined with the books I mentioned this morning, I changed my opinion and suddenly couldn't wait to visit the Scotland in this movie and the books. In 1997, I did set foot in the country again and made my first visit to Glenfinnan, which eventually became the inspiration for Glenhalish.
(Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod in Highlander: The Series)
(Cast of Monarch of the Glen, a contemporary Scottish soap opera)
While people raved about Mel Gibson as William Wallace, I LOVED Liam Neeson as Rob Roy.
The rest of these boys I added just because...
And well, how could I NOT include Sir Sean (who was also in the original Highlander movie as Juan Ramirez)?