Members’ Summer Outing, July 2019

Each summer, Lockerbie Writers gather for a members’ outing to somewhere local in search of inspiration. This year, members of sister group A Novel Approach were also invited – making this the biggest members’ outing to date!

This year, our outing took place on 30th July. The day began with a tour from local paranormal investigators, Mostly Ghostly.

Mostly Ghostly’s Kathleen, John and Mary were our guides as we explored the grounds around Lochmaben Castle.

And who better to show us around than these natural-born storytellers?

Several members of Lockerbie Writers had never been on a ghost tour before, so it was set to be an experience for everyone.

Thankfully, it wasn’t too terrifying an experience!

Nine members of Lockerbie Writers and A Novel Approach listened intently to tales of ghosts, murder, and vampires – and, we’re pretty sure, all nine members were still there at the end of the morning!

There was also plenty of opportunity to learn about the history of Lochmaben Castle and the surrounding area, with several members of our group expressing a keen interest in some of the local buildings and family sagas.

After the tour, the group headed to Lochfield Cottage on the other side of Castle Loch for a packed lunch and a spot of writing.

There were plenty of laughs around the table as we had a go at writing our own spooky stories – with some members taking it more seriously than others!

By the end of the day, eight members had produced a story inspired by Castle Loch and their Mostly Ghostly tour. Absent members and those who had left the outing early received a prompt by email/Facebook afterwards, giving them the opportunity to write a story too.

A huge thank you to Mostly Ghostly for providing such an informative and engaging tour, and taking the time to answer all of our many questions! We thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to other groups. An additional thank you for the photographs (several of which are used in this blog post) which they have kindly given us permission to use.

A huge thank you also goes to Castle Loch Community Trust and ranger Darren for allowing us to use Lochfield Cottage. As always, it provided us with a comfortable, well-equipped and welcoming venue.

What a fantastic day!

Members are reminded that stories/poems resulting from our summer outing should be edited/polished and then emailed to kerrie_mckinnel@hotmail.com or brought along to a meeting by the end of August for the opportunity to appear on the blog. Thanks in advance!