The West Coast and Isles of Scotland have a rugged beauty. The Lochs are a strong feature. The West Coast is renowned for rain. They say it is about to rain, is raining or has rained.
This is Oban. A beautiful town.
The Ferry services Skye and the Hebrides
A magical sunset in Oban
Castle Stalker in Appin is much photographed
A picture postcard view of Castle Stalker.
This room positively shrieks Charles Rennie MacIntosh and looks so modern!
Crossing over into Cumbria in England on the way to the Lake District one comes across this amazing vista
The town of Keswick, shown in the 2 photos above lies along Lake Windermere and is heaving with tourists!
Nearby Kendal is also very pretty and this view of the old mill is much photographed
Our overriding impression of the Lake District is summed up in this picture - wet, green with lovely rolling hills
Beatrix Potter, the inventor of Peter Rabbit, Jemina Puddleduck etc lived in the Lake District (as did Wordsworth) and she was not only a successful author (still is), but was a canny farmer, buying up 15 small farms around her.
This is her farmhouse. There was no electricity and incredibly basic
Beatrix Potter and dog
This property impressed us enormously, it is called Acorn Bank near Sowerby, Penrith and is owned by the National Trust. It has been used as a Care Home for many decades and the Trust is now busy with the refurbishing. It will take many years, and millions of Pounds, to bring it back to it's former glory, but it has a touch of magic. I hope that some pictures below convey something of the feel of the place.
This pear tree was positively full of pears and is massive. Paula hates being photographed, but I got her to stand next to the tree so you could get an idea of it's size.
Dalemain House is about 10 miles South of Penrith and is still privately owned.
Here is a view of the side of the house
We could not take pictures, but the Chinese hand painted wall paper was absolutely exquisite. I found this photo, but it does not do the wallpaper justice.
I thought you might like the 'monster' shaped out of Yew in the garden!
A large part of North Yorkshire is covered by Dales and much of the dales and moors is conserved from development
Bolton Priory is world famous and a site of Christian devotion since 1154 when it was settled by Augustinian monks. Parts of the Priory survived the destruction which King Henry VIII wrought on a Abbeys around 1539.
The entrance to the nave is a masterpiece of 13th Century architecture
Part of the priory was rescued and serves as the Priory Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert.
Castle Howard is absolutely huge, designed to impress - this picture shows the front door.
This shows the back door!
and the fountain in the back yard
and the lake on the side
and the bridge and folly
The entrance is not small either!
James Herriot, the Vet practised in Thirsk, a thriving Yorkshire town, and here is a picture of the town square
This was the home and practice of James Herriot (aka Alfred Wright) in Thirsk. His books are world famous and much loved. The Veterinary Practice still exists.
York is a walled city. This house was built c1534
York Minster is truly massive, but we found it very "commercial"
The Shambles is the best Medievel Street left in the world and is a remnant of old York. It is mentioned in the Doomsday Book in 1086. The problem is ..
it is heaving with tourists and one cannot take a picture without people!
The fishing Town of Whitby (famous for Whitby Jet) on the North Yorkshire coast is charming
Whitby street (with Paula)
Whitby Steam train is still going and is an important tourist attraction
Smuggling was always rife in most of the seaside ports and Whitby was no exception. This building dates to the 16th Century and has surely seen a few smugglers in it day
Returning to Scotland, we dropped in to Dunkeld - it was founded around 800AD by Caustantin son of Fergus, King of the Picts
The present Church dates to the 13th and 14th Century
The cathedral lies next to the River Tay and was the site of the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689 between the Jacobites and James VII of Scotland
I am sorry for so many pictures, but Thank You for looking.