Please click on images for a better view. In the Scottish countryside north of Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway one finds Drumlanrig Castle, the jewel of the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate of the Buccleuch family who trace their family history back to 12th century Scotland.   Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig, King Robert the Bruce’s right hand man, was the founder of what later became the Queensberry … Continue reading Castle/Drumlanrig


Please click on any image for a larger view Classiebawn Castle, designed by J Rawson Carrol of Dublin and dating to the mid 19thC, was once a favoured residence of Lord Louis Mountbatten.   It’s rather hard to miss, sitting as it does on a hill overlooking the village of Mullaghmore in Ireland. It is built from a yellow-brown sandstone brought by sea from Donegal across the bay. The … Continue reading Castle/Classiebawn


Lismore Castle sits on the banks of the Blackwater River in Waterford, Ireland.  Rich in history, it was built in 1185 and was originally an abbey where Henry II was known to have stayed.  Later in the 16th C it became the property of Sir Walter Raleigh, who sold the property when he was imprisoned for High Treason to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. In the 17th C it was … Continue reading Castle/Lismore


Following the Flight of the Earls  in 1607, the crown seized Irish land in Ulster and granted it out to English and Scottish Planters on condition that they build settlements and provide strongholds loyal to the king. Sir John Hume of  Berwickshire was granted 2000 acres at Tully.  It was here, in County Fermanagh on the southern shore of Lower Lough Erne that he built Caisleán … Continue reading Castle/Tully

One Photo Focus – Castle

Stacy at Visual Venturing hosts One Photo Focus.  She provides the photo and we all edit it our own way. Then she does all the work of pulling it all together on her site.  (Thank you, Stacy)  It’s always interesting to see the varied interpretations. This is the original photo submitted by Benjamin Rowe. The JPeg I downloaded was unfortunately very small, only  53.7kb so … Continue reading One Photo Focus – Castle

Marazion from St Micheal’s Mount

St Micheal’s Mount is the Cornish counterpart of Mont St Michel in Normandy.  Largely owned  by the National Trust since 1954, the St Aubyn family retained a 999 year lease to inhabit the castle. Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero on … Continue reading Marazion from St Micheal’s Mount

Thursday, Friday … Castleday

My previous post on Wales was Split Shift.

Saturday, our eighth day, was also to be our last day of touring about Pembrokeshire.  When Deb came down in the morning the kitchen radio was on, just came on by itself.  I looked at it to turn if off and there was a push button on-off.  I pressed it and it came on louder.  Pressed it again, it went fainter, but not off.  Strange.   Course I’m the lady that automatic doors don’t work for.  Strange too is that I don’t even remember any of this, yet it was noted in my journal … in my handwriting … I’m really not good in the mornings.

The Plan for our last day was Continue reading “Thursday, Friday … Castleday”

All things come in Three’s

Yesterday had been a day of rest, speaking in whispers

Monday, we were refreshed and our chosen  destination was Dinbych-y-Pysgod … harking back to It’s OK, they speak English, I really have no idea how to pronounce that but the good thing is it is well-known by the name of Tenby.   This was the day, it turned out, that had the most annoyances – all travel has its little hiccups and petty annoyances, some one’s own fault, some not. Monday was our day … Continue reading “All things come in Three’s”