Hylton Castle, Sunderland

  Robert Skelton was executed because he overslept.  And so, he became the “Cauld Lad of Hylton” – a ghost said to haunt Hylton Castle.  Or, at least, so the story goes. Robert was a stable boy at Hylton Castle and his master, the 13th Baron Hylton had ordered him to prepare his horse for…

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Uttershill Castle, Scotland

  With spectacular views over the little town of Penicuik and the Pentland Hills to the North and West, Uttershill Castle stands atop a rocky hill beside the B6372.   It was pretty easy to find – Castle ruins tend to stand out against the landscape, even from a distance.  Parking our vehicle was less…

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Rosyth Castle, Scotland

  It is strange to think that, where I am standing looking up at Rosyth Castle, would have been under water not too long ago.  You see, Rosyth Castle used to be on a tiny island in the Firth of Forth – reached only at low tide.  Today, the landscape looks very different.  The Rosyth…

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Roslin Castle, Scotland

  The hill is terribly steep and slippery after two days of solid rain.  Squishing my way through the mud and wet leaves, I finally reach the midway point, and to my right are the beautiful ruins of Roslin Castle.  And the slog was so worth it!   A stone bridge takes me across a…

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Moy Castle, Isle of Mull

  A low fog was rolling in from the sea.  I pulled my raincoat closed and flipped the hood up over my head as the rain became more insistent.  It is only a seven-minute walk to Moy Castle, from where I had parked my car, but I knew I’d be soaked in minutes if I…

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Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

  Powerful, dominant, and intimidating.  These are the words that spring to my mind seeing the castle fortress of Duart on the Isle of Mull for the first time.  Sailing to Craignure on Mull, from Oban on the mainland, Duart Castle stands prominently on a high crag at the end of a peninsula, jutting out…

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Caernarfon Castle, Wales

  We were two hours early for our scheduled visit to Caernarfon Castle in Wales.  And it was raining heavily.  We purposefully left the hotel where we were staying early, as I wasn’t quite sure how to get to the Castle or what the situation with parking would be like.  And, of course, we needed…

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Haverfordwest Castle, Wales

  Haverfordwest Castle in Wales is undoubtedly the most prominent landmark in the area – the view from the riverbank below is imposing.  But sadly, little remains of the 12the century castle.   History of Haverfordwest Castle, Wales   The “who” and “when” of the Castle’s building is unknown.  What we do know is that…

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Narberth Castle, Wales

  We were starving as we drove into the little town of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Wales.  I wanted to explore the castle (that is why we came here in the first place!) but we needed food first.  So, we found street parking along the main shopping street and hunted down a café.  It is a…

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Carmarthen Castle, Wales

  Our visit to Carmarthen Castle in Wales resulted in frustration and disappointment in equal measures.  But I’m glad we stopped in the town, if only to gain the knowledge that the castle is not really worth a visit!   Firstly, parking was a near impossibility.  SatNav guided us to Little Bridge Street, which is…

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