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What is the most romantic period in Scotland's history? For author Diana Gabaldon, it is obviously the Jacobite risings of the 18th century when Highland chivalry reached its climax. Stephen Lawhead prefers the romance of early medieval Scotland - the heyday of Celtic Christianity with its druidic overtones and the glitter of Byzantium and the Eastern church.

Men often prefer tales of adventure with lots of action and sword-rattling, while women are looking for romance - some chaste, some not. We've included books on this page for every taste and fantasy, some pretty steamy and some straightforward historical fiction about heroes such as Wallace and Bruce.

Kick back, sip a cuppa or a wee dram, place a few scones on a handy plate for nibbling, and enjoy!

The Crown in the Heather
The Crown in the Heather (Bruce Trilogy, Book 1)

By N. Gemini Sasson
Historical fiction about the young Robert Bruce, matching wits with Edward Longshanks to secure Scotland's throne, and his romance with Elizabeth de Burgh. First in a trilogy by new author Gemi Sasson. 4 stars
Timeless Mist
Timeless Mist

By Terisa Wilcox
Time travel romance set in the early 1600s - modern day Campbell woman meets true love MacGregor during the time when Clan MacGregor has been proscribed. Romantic, not racy. 4 stars. Her second boock, Between Now and Then has an even better twist - Caitlyn MacGregor moves forward 400 years to meet her true love in our time.
Blue Bells of Scotland: Blue Bells Trilogy: Book One
Blue Bells of Scotland: Blue Bells Trilogy: Book One

By Laura Vokika
Fascinating time-swapping story juxtiposes modern day Shawn Kleiner, a shallow and vain musician, with Niall Campbell, courageous medieval warrior looking towards the battle at Bannockburn. Well-crafted characters and easy transitions between times. 4-1/2 stars.
Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland
Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland

By Susan Fraser King
Interesting historical fiction interweaving the stories of Queen Margaret and Lady MacBeth in 11th century Scotland. 4-1/2 stars. Her earlier book is Lady Macbeth: A Novel
Once a Warrior
Once a Warrior

by Karyn Monk
A battle-scarred, disheartened hero fights for redemption, encouraged by a heroine in need of a mighty warrior to save her Scottish clan.

Son of the Morning
Son of the Morning

by Linda Howard
Wow! Exciting, suspense-filled time travel story involving the Knights Templar and 14th century Scotland. Not to be missed.

Earthchild by Allie Bates

By Allie Bates
In a time when magic is still possible...
In a land where turmoil reigns supreme...
Can a valiant warrior and a virtuous maid find happiness?
Wonderfully written 15th century historical romance with a second-sighted heroine and a dashing hero.
The first in a projected series by new author, Allie Bates.

Born in Sin : A MacAllisters Novel
Born in Sin: A MacAllisters Novel

By Kinley MacGregor
"Banished as a child, 'Sin' MacAllister learned to despise his Scottish heritage. Yet now, to unmask King Henry's foes, he must return to the hated Highlands -- wedded to a bewitching lass whose flaming red hair matches the fire of her spirit." Great novel by Kinley MacGregor. Part of a series featuring the MacAllisters.

By Janet Elaine Smith
Quality Scottish historical fiction set in Restoration times focuses on the loves and intrigues of Clan Keith of Dunnottar Castle (a real castle, still there).

Catch the sequels about the Keith familiy:
Par for the Course
The Game of Kings - Lymond Chronicles 1
The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1)

Historical fiction set in 16th century Scotland. First of a series by famed historical fiction author Dorothy Dunnett. These books have been beloved for over a generation.

The Lymond Chronicles Series includes:
The Game of Kings
Queens' Play
The Disorderly Knights
Pawn in Frankincense
The Ringed Castle

Glencoe : A Romance of Scotland
Glencoe : A Romance of Scotland

By Muireall Donald
After the massacre, a Campbell and a MacDonald fall in love. Beautifully written, very highly rated.


by Kathleen Givens
Pure Scottish historical romance set in the early 18th century - the MacGannon family of Kilgannon. An enjoyable read.

The Iron Lance - Celtic Crusades 1
The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades, Book 1

by Stephen Lawhead
Christian historical fantasy writer Lawhead has achieved major popularity in the mainstream market - this series is about an in 11th-12th century Orkney family caught up in the crusades and quests for the holy relics - the Holy Lance (bk 1), the True Cross (bk 2), and, of course, the Grail itself (bk 3). Great stuff on Celtic Christianity. Recommended.
Book 2 - The Black Rood
Book 3 - The Mystic Rose

Son of the Sword
Son of the Sword

By J. Ardian Lee
Time travel to 18th century Scotland, with a guy as the protagonist this time. Mixed reviews.

The Scotsman
The Scotsman

By Juliana Garnett
Gosh, the cover picture alone sets my heart pounding. Scottish historical fiction set in the time of Robert the Bruce.

The Bruce Trilogy
The Bruce Trilogy/the Steps to the Empty...

By Nigel Tranter - Scotland's great master of historical fiction. Tranter wrote wonderful stories about Scottish history - this trilogy on Robert the Bruce deserves its 5 stars.

Lady of the Glen
Lady of the Glen: A Novel of 17Th-Century Scotland and the Massacre of Glencoe

by Jennifer Roberson
A land of majestic castles and bitterly warring clans becomes the towering backdrop for the story of a man and a woman whose love cannot be denied-- not by a centuries-old feud nor by a betrayal so shocking it is remembered still, whenever bagpipes play their mournful songs of the Campbells and the MacDonalds...

A Well-Favored Gentleman
A Well Favored Gentleman

by Christina Dodd
Prolific and very popular writer Christina Dodd weaves a tale of magic in this paranormal love story about an ancient pact between the MacLeods and the selkies set in 1800 Scotland.

The Secret by Julie Garwood
The Secret

by Julie Garwood
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered. Lovely romance set in 12th century Scotland.

Sequel is Ransom - another great romantic read set in the medieval highlands

The Selkie
The Selkie

By Melanie Jackson
On the rocky coast of Scotland in 1929, Hexy, a young American, weeps into the sea and inadvertently summons a selkie prince, then steals his fur, thinking it belongs to her movie-star employer. In his human form Ruairidh is powerful and gorgeous, and his magic makes Hexy throw caution to the wind and rush to his bed. Page-turning paranormal romance.

Intimate Enemies
Intimate Enemies

by Shanna Abé
A Scotswoman and Englishman are forced to team up in fighting the common foe - Vikings in 12th century Scotland.

Devil in a Kilt
Devil in a Kilt

by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
What I want to know is where do they find these guys for the covers? Set in the time of Robert the Bruce, pure (well, maybe not pure) Scottish romance.

His Wicked Promise
His Wicked Promise

By Samantha James
Publishers Weekly calls it "steamy." "The rugged Highlander is determined to keep his passion hidden while he woos her with his gentle caress and wicked kisses" 13th century Scotland.

The MacLean Groom
The MacLean Groom

by Kathleen Harrington
He is her family's ancient foe, but never has Lady Joanna Macdonald seen a man she wants more. Still, she hides from Rory MacLean--the dashing laird whom King James has ordered her to marry--hoping to save her family's honor. 15th century. 5 stars.

The Island Harp
The Island Harp

By Jeanne Williams
Williams is known for her tough heroines and fine story-telling. This Scottish novel is set on the Isle of Lewis during the 1840s clearances - the heroine fights deportation and the love of a Scots soldier. More historical fiction than romance. 5 stars.

Eyes of Garnet
Eyes of Garnet

By Mary Duncan
Set during the Jacobite uprising of 1745, this intriguing novel blends the paranormal and the historical, as heroine Catriona uses her Second Sight to aid her clan during the war. 5 stars.

Follow up novel Sightless follows Cat to the American Colonies and a new life with its own perils.
The Fields of Bannockburn: A Novel of Christian Scotland from Its Origins to Independence
The Fields of Bannockburn: A Novel of Christian Scotland from Its Origins to Independence

By Donna Fletcher Crow
Donna Fletcher Crow is an excellent writer of epic, centuries-spanning, historical fiction from the Christian perspective. I haven't read this book, but her book on Glastonbury was wonderful. 5 stars.
High on a Mountain: A MacLachlainn Saga, Book One: Ailean
High on a Mountain: A MacLachlainn Saga, Book One: Ailean

By Tommie Lyn
Very well told story of a poor young man in 18th century Scotland, the troubles he bears and his courage to overcome. 5 stars.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

By Karen Marie Moning
Moning is the best-selling author of the Highlander time-travel romance series set in Scotland (see below).

This new book, Darkfever, is the first in a projected series (rather than her usual stand-alone novels). In a new departure, Darkfever is set in Ireland, rather than Scotland, and features the paranormal world of Irish faery.

Karen Marie Moning Highlander books:

Moning's books feature 20th century heroines transported back in time to the Scottish highlands, where romance and steamy sex await.

Spell of the Highlander
The Immortal Highlander
Kiss of the Highlander
Beyond the Highland Mist
The Dark Highlander
The Highlander's Touch
To Tame a Highland Warrior

The first of Diana Gabaldon's extremely successful series of Scottish romance time travel books about a woman who accidentally winds up in the 18th century Highlands. I enjoyed this book, but it does give new meaning to concept of "open marriage".

Other books in the Gabaldon series:
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone