Celebrate Robbie Burns Day with These Highlands Romances
by Karen Green
Robbie Burns, celebrated worldwide as the national poet of Scotland, took inspiration from the green and golden land around him to compose some of literature’s most memorable verses. Burns may have been from the lush and beautiful Lowlands, but his poems offer a reverie for the lovelorn as timeless and enduring as the mountains of Scotland’s Highlands.
And is there a more romantic setting for a love story than the windswept plains and rugged hills of the Scottish Highlands? With the land’s history of being watched over by the brave and often fearsome lairds and chiefs of the local clans, its stories of love and honor are ripe for the telling.
For Robbie Burns Day, the anniversary of the poet’s birth 258 years ago on January 25, we’re recommending you discover a love—and a lover—of the Scottish Highlands for yourself, with these eight romantic tales set in Robbie Burns’s Scotland.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Book one in this time-traveling juggernaut of a franchise is easily the first word on Highland romance—and who could resist the story of headstrong Claire and chivalrous Jamie, destined to be together through history’s greatest challenges?
The Highlander by Elaine Coffman
Fleeing from an unwanted planned marriage, an Englishwoman is left for dead when the ship she’s on wrecks on the Scottish coast. She’ll do whatever she must to avoid being sent back to her fate, even if it means relying on a brutish Highlander for her survival.
A Year and a Day by Virginia Henley
Though not technically a Highlands novel, this enchanting story features an English warrior and a Scottish lass—and a romance that has one year and one day to produce an heir and go from forced to fated.
An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands
Annabel is about to fulfill her life’s pledge to become a nun, when she is called back to the home she left years earlier to take her runaway sister’s place as bride to the laird. This new role is so far from what she imagined her life to be, but thanks to her handsome, powerful betrothed, it may turn out to be the destiny she never knew she wanted.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
This story-within-a-story features a writer delving into the life and loves of Jacobite ruler James Stuart, only to discover that the story she is writing may well be her own.
A Sword Upon the Rose by Brenda Joyce
Alana has been cast into a life of shamed solitude, but when war—and an endangered enemy soldier—arrives at her ancestral home, she discovers that her gifts may not be the curse she has always believed them to be. How can two strangers, each outcasts in their own way, want each other so badly?
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens
After leaving home and his complicated family life behind him, Thomas is summoned back home to the Scottish countryside to head a household he thought he had escaped. But once home, he finds he could not escape the hold that Lucilla had on him either, much as he tried to deny their fate.
Have you ever escaped into Highlands fling like one of these eight featured? Let us know in the comments below!