Arabella Weir

Arabella Weir is soon to return to her childhood holiday spot of Plockton, north west Scotland

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE HOLIDAY? 

When I was nine years old, my family and I headed for a two-week stay on a tiny spit of an island off Plockton, north west Scotland. Plockton gets warmed by the Gulf Stream, has palm trees and is incredibly picturesque. A distant relative had bought the island for £20 many years before. There is a very small house on it, with no electricity. The seals would come to the shore when we were swimming in the sea. We were based in London and drove up in one of the first VW campervans, a journey taking hours.

AND YOUR WORST? 

We had a scary moment a decade ago in Kenya. We were on safari and staying at Porini Camp and it was very rainy one day. Our jeep broke down in the bush and, as it only had canvas sides, if a lion had attacked it would have been serious. Thankfully we managed to get it going. 

BEST SOUVENIR?

A kitsch ceramic ornament of a pile of fruit and vegetables I picked up from Tuscany 25 years ago. 

WHAT WAS YOUR BEST READ?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula which was a fantastic holiday read, so scary, evocative and beautifully written. I found a copy lying around in a house we rented in Tuscany four years ago.

I don’t like to just sit on a beach any more

HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR TIME ON HOLIDAY?

I like to be active, so usually book holidays where there are yoga classes or perhaps going on a walking holiday where your bags are carried each day for you. I don’t like to just sit on a beach any more, although I do like swimming in the sea. 

WHERE WOULD YOU REVISIT?

Plockton, or the Scottish Highlands as I have not been back for more than 20 years. 

Lion Arabella Weir

The author and actress had a scary moment a decade ago in Kenya after her jeep broke down

WHERE NEXT?

I am off to Budapest for work, to shoot scenes for the new Keira Knightley movie about the French novelist Colette. In September I will start filming the new series of Two Doors Down in Paisley, in a studio which used to be an old whisky bond in Dumbarton in Scotland.

● Arabella Weir will be appearing at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival (0844 357 1060/bordersbook festival.org) in Scotland on June 16.

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