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We've explored Skipton Castle

I just cannot believe that I had never been to Skipton Castle. I must have been to the town hundreds of times but had never felt the urge to visit the place. What I'd missed out on, was one of the best preserved Castles I've seen. Sal acted as my guide for the day and she duly took charge of the information leaflet. If I'd have been on my own, I think I would have probably just wandered about without taking in much of the history of the place but Sal, being a more organised person than me, kept to the route and performed her duties admirably. I don't recall her us getting lost once.

I wont bore people with a description of the interior as it would mean nothing to you if you weren't there but suffice to say, you could easily spend a couple of hours exploring the place. There is also an excellent Coffee shop and gift shop.

We really enjoyed an interesting afternoon which I personally don't think would have been half as good with out the Tour Guide but then aga…

Getting your timing right!

This is a series of photos I took of the coastal area west of Dumfries. When the cloud is down over the Cumbrian Fells, you can usually find a bit of brightness on the other side of the Solway Firth

Carsethorn is the first village on the coastal run which at one time was an out port for Dumfries and was a haven for smugglers. During the late 1700s and early 1800s there was a very high level of emigration to the American and Australian Colonies due to the hard times in Scotland plus the Highland Clearances and Carsethorn was one of the main ports of departure. On a clear day you can see the Lakeland Fells and Silloth across the Firth.

A few miles farther along the coast is the village of Southerness with it's caravan sites and golf links. The only thing of note apart from its varied coastline is the lighthouse.

It is at present the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland. The lighthouse was commissioned by the Town Council of Dumfries in 1748 to assist in the safe passage though the S…

Morecambe and Heysham

Considering Heysham  has been so unfashionable over the years, it seems that a lot of my friends and acquaintances put it amongst their favourite places and hold many happy memories of it. The small High Street is very attractive with it's coffee houses and pub but it is The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Patrick Chapel which are the real jewels.

St Patrick's Chapel, which sits in the grounds of St Peter's Church, was founded on the site in the 7th or 8th century and near to the chapel is a group of six rock-cut tombs with a separate group of two near-by. St Peter's Church was recorded as being the location of an old Saxon church and some of the fabric of that church remains in the present church. It's a beautiful spot and sits on a headland looking out over Morecambe Bay. Unfortunately there is a slight blot on the landscape, namely the Ferry Terminal which has been here as long as I can remember but must bring work to the area so can be excused.

I spent a lovel…