Many past guests have asked how the creation of Scottish Woods Resort and the Castle came about…
After the Scotland trip, some deep digging into his "real" McKenzie roots, and having added "McKenzie" to his name legally, he has continued his heritage quest through to the present. His only regret is that he doesn't have the time for a full-time pursuit.
Much of their Scottish Highland "dream" has been realized…
In May of 2005, just two weeks before John’s heart attack and open-heart surgery while on vacation in Florida, they sold the rental cabins, along with just over seven acres, to George and Pat Betzhold from the Los Angeles, CA. area. They had promised to carry on the dream and traditions of Scottish Woods Resort, freeing up John and Lorraine to continue with the next phase of their life plan… building their dream castle.
Since October 1, 2005… John and Lorraine have continued to share their Scottish dream with guests who stay in the "Castle McKenzie at Tulach Ard", in Scottish Woods. In case you are wondering what "tulach ard" means... it is "the high hill" in Gaelic... kind of like the hill they sat on over-looking the Scottish Eileen Donan castle many years before. Tulach Ard is also the Clan MacKenzie war cry, and a mountain in the Mackenzie heartland of Kintail in Scotland.
Life "before" Scottish Woods >
From tuxedo and gown on the ship... to kilts at Scottish Woods and the Murphy Highland Games
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