I do like a good castle
I do like a good castle

I do like a good castle

In my spare time I enjoy visiting castles - being a member of both English Heritage and the National Trust for Scotland gives me year round access to a heck of a lot of them within the British Isles. I'll place the odd post about some of the ones I've visited. The picture used for the blog is Dunstaffnage Castle, which is located on the West Coast of Scotland, in Argyll & Bute, on the edge of the village of Dunbeg - close to Oban.

Crookston Castle - a lovely 600 year old hilltop ruin now surrounded by houses in Greater Glasgow

29 Jan 2023 2 minute read 1 comment Hoosie

On Tuesday we made our first visit to Crookston Castle in Glasgow. Funnily enough, its in the suburb of Crookston, named after an earlier castle built there by Sir Robert de Croc ! Although its a ruin now, its still in decent shape. The vaulted lowe...

Denbigh Castle, Wales - Another of King Edward the 1st's great castles built in Wales

15 Apr 2022 2 minute read 2 comments Hoosie

We are back in Wales this week, as we have a few days leave. We managed to visit another 3 castles, the first of which was Denbigh. Denbigh Castle was built by King Edward the 1st of England, with construction started in 1282 as part of his invasion...

Edinburgh Castle - a historic beauty built on the old core of a volcano

29 Mar 2022 3 minute read 3 comments Hoosie

We took some friends to see Edinburgh Castle last Friday - and enjoyed fun in the sun in Scotland. Edinburgh Castle sits high up on a volcanic tor (the old core of a volcano) right in the centre of the city of Edinburgh. It dominates the view and can...

Penrhyn Castle - Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales - A 19th Century Masterpiece of Opulence

20 Mar 2022 2 minute read 0 comments Hoosie

Penrhyn Castle sits on the outskirts of Bangor, in the county of Gwynedd, North Wales. The castle we see today was built in the first half of the 19th Century, but there appears to have been some form of castle there since about the 15th century. Th...

Caernarfon Castle - King Edward the 1st's 13th Century Fortress in North Wales

14 Mar 2022 2 minute read 2 comments Hoosie

On the last day of our vacation in North Wales in February we visited Caernarfon Castle, which is in the town of Caernarfon in Gywnedd. It was bloomin massive ! We were completely knackered after visiting it due to the number of tall towers we had to...

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales - King Edward the 1st's Great Welsh Fortress

26 Feb 2022 2 minute read 0 comments Hoosie

We visited Beaumaris Castle on the last day of our vacation in North Wales (in mid Feb 22). The Castle sits at the east end of the town of Beaumaris, and is a massive sprawling construction. It was never completed as per the original plan as they ran...

Cymer Abbey, West Wales, UK - Ruin of a Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1189

16 Feb 2022 2 minute read 1 comment Hoosie

We visited Cymer Abbey this week, while on vacation in North Wales.  The abbey is close to Dolgellau near the west coast of Wales.  Its very much a ruin, but very beautiful. It was established in 1189, and has had quite a varied history, having play...

Thurso Castle, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland

13 Jan 2022 2 minute read 1 comment Hoosie

Another Castle.  Thurso Castle this time, which is located on the edge of the town of Thurso right up on the north coast of Scotland in the county of Caithness.  Its also the town I was born in ! Sadly the castle is in a ruined state.  Although not...

Eilan Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

30 Dec 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Hoosie

Eilan Donan Castle is one of the most famous castles in Scotland, and is allegedly the most photographed castled in Scotland.  It is located on the west coast beside the village of Dornie, which is close to the Kyle of Lochalsh and the Isle of Skye. ...

The Iron Age Brochs in Glenelg, West Coast of Scotland

15 Dec 2021 3 minute read 0 comments Hoosie

Scotland has many iron age forts called brochs.  The largest concentration of them is in the North East, in the county of Caithness.  However, the remains of two very good examples can be found in Glenelg, which is on the West Coast, near the Isle of...