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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Kelso Abbey, Scotland

  The impressive ruins of Kelso Abbey’s West tower are all that survive of one of Scotland’s richest medieval Abbeys.  It was built to a twin-towered, double-crossed plan unparalleled in the rest of the Kingdom.   We were walking from the centre of town, along the A699, following the signs to the Abbey.  Reaching the…

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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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Aberystwyth Castle, Wales

    Windswept and abandoned.  Almost lonely with only the sea its lifelong companion – and greatest enemy.  For it is precisely Aberystwyth Castle’s location right on the seaside, which had such a massive impact on its condition.   We arrived around mid-day and found a parking spot close-by.  Walking up the steep pathway, the…

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Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

  Even though it was bucketing down with rain, we were determined to drive onto the island of Anglesey and explore Beaumaris Castle.  And I am so very pleased that we did not let the frightful weather put us off! Beaumaris Castle is one of the most impressive medieval buildings I have ever seen.   Exploring…

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Skenfrith Castle, Wales

Skenfrith Castle

  Having visited both White Castle and Grosmont Castle in Monmouthshire, Wales earlier in the day, we decided to set off on the B4521 road towards Skenfrith.  Skenfrith is the third castle in the “Three Castle” series in this area and I desperately wanted to explore all three.   Skenfrith Castle in Wales sits right…

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Dinefwr Castle, Wales

Dinefwr Castle

  It was hot – very hot!  So, you can imagine my delight when we found a parking space under a large tree, in the National Trust parking area at Dinefwr Park.  And it was green all around us!  The park is absolutely stunning, and I stood in awe scanning 360 degrees around us.  …

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