Finchale Priory, Northern England

  Finchale Priory in County Durham, Northern England has a long and interesting history – and it is incredibly beautiful to explore.  What started out as a tiny hermitage, turned into a magnificent priory and even a holiday home for monks. It is here, in the crook of the River Wear, amongst leafy trees and…

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Old St Mungo’s Church, Penicuik

  Almost hidden behind the current St Mungo’s Church stands the ruins of the old, original church of the same name.  It is surrounded by the most tranquil churchyard I have ever had the pleasure to explore – and I spotted a little deer on the other side of the fence too! 🥰   History…

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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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Iona Augustinian Nunnery

  I could almost feel the presence of the sisters of the old Augustinian order as I sat quietly in the chapter house of the Nunnery of St Mary the Virgin on the tiny island of Iona.  The tranquillity and peacefulness of the place are palpable.  And even though the Nunnery is in ruins, it…

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St Leonard’s Hospital, York

  The ruins of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital lie just on the edge of Museum Gardens in York.  The ancient building can be best explored by walking up the path to York Library and Archive, from Museum Street.  This is precisely what we did, late on a Thursday afternoon – not knowing that the…

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Soutra Aisle, Scottish Borders

  On a windswept and desolate hill, just off the A68, stands the remains of Soutra Aisle.  It is here that we stopped on a blustery July day to walk in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims and poor travellers.   Founding of Soutra Hospital   The Augustinians founded the hospital at the request of…

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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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Auld Kirk, Stow, Scotland

  When Queen Margaret Tudor (wife of King James IV) stepped from her carriage in 1513, to pray at the Auld Kirk in Stow, she must have appreciated the beauty and tranquillity of the place. Then, as still today, Stow is a quiet village in the Scottish Border region, with rolling hills and green farmland…

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