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Castles and Battles and Towers, oh my!

Our Saturday was spent exploring Stirling and the famous battles that happened nearby. When you look around the city there are two dominant landmarks visible from nearly everywhere – Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument. These and more were on the agenda. William Wallace is a Scottish hero. Famously (or should I say infamously) romanticised … Continue reading »

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Forests, Parks and Recreation

Stirling is in the heart of the Scottish countryside and we find ourself surrounded by little towns and lochs. We spent a day exploring the many and varied environs of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, a part of a larger forest reserve. We drove to The Lodge Forest Visitors Centre and walked a gently undulating oak … Continue reading »

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Exploring the Cairngorms

Day tripping in Scotland is such a rich experience, and although at times the driving on single lane (with passing places) can be really hairy, there is so much worth exploring. The countryside is ancient, with evidence of habitation going back to Neolithic times, we visited Culloden battlefields, learned of historic battles between Scottish nationals … Continue reading »

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Lochs, Castles, Locks and a Rather Famous Viaduct

Up early on our final day on the Isle of Mull, lovely cooked breakfast and then car packed, we were off to catch a vehicular ferry at Tobermory. The local bakery made up some fantastic fresh rolls for us for lunch, then it was on to the water for a quick and spectacular journey to … Continue reading »

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Introduction To Scotland

We awoke bleary, I picked up some fresh pork pies, we packed and motored away from Ripon on our way to the border region as our bridge to Scotland. Our first stop for the day was High Force Waterfall, in the Area of Natural Beauty in the North Pennines. Due to poor signage and our … Continue reading »

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Eating Ireland – Diddley Dee Potatoes.

Usually, one of our organisers when planning holiday is food. That is easy with places like France where the national cuisine is known to us, but we really did not have a frame of reference for Ireland beyond potatoes. Now I know that is borderline racist, but it is what it is, we had heard … Continue reading »

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OMG We Kilkenny ‘d

Sunday we were destined to explore Kilkenny, we awoke to rumblings and bleary drizzle. Determined to prove there is no such thing as bad weather, just wrong clothes, we rugged up, waterproofed and set off. We started with a self-guided walk through Kilkenny Castle, a grand home that bears little resemblance to it’s original defensive … Continue reading »

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Crystal and Ruins

Our Saturday was spend out and about. We had decided to spend most of the day at Waterford and then visit an Abbey ruin on the way home. It was crisp, the wind was lazy, the sky was fairly uniformly light grey and we set off after a sleep in. Motorways interestingly are pretty well … Continue reading »

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Castling and Towerhousing

Being in a country with centuries of occupation by stone dwelling building peoples, one is surrounded by relics in various states of repair. We have visited grand houses on estates, ancient high rise living and fortified strongholds typical of Irish life. On our rest day, we decided to venture out after a sleep in to … Continue reading »

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Lord and Lady of The Rings.

After a fabulous night sleep (you know, that perfect storm of clean sheets, firm bed, thick comforter and just enough chill to make the comforter snuggly), we awoke to another grey day in Killarney. After breakfasting and rugging up, we set off on what would be an epic car journey around the Ring of Kerry. … Continue reading »

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