At the head of Loch Dunvegan in the northwestern part of the island, Dunvegan Castle brings many visitors to this corner of Skye. Claiming to be the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, owned and lived in by the McLeod clan for almost eight centuries, the castle houses a wealth of history and ancient treasures, from the Jacobite uprisings and links with Bonnie Prince Charlie to modern appearances as the backdrop to Hollywood films, such as Highlander and Made of Honour.
Archive for January, 2012
In the scenic Lune Valley, Kirby Lonsdale is classed as a Lake District town; as with several of the villages in the Dentdale area it has fluctuated between Yorkshire and Cumbria over the years, but from any perspective the reality is enviable location with a wealth of outstanding natural beauty and superb scenery on the doorstep. (more…)
Synonymous with horse racing, the East Anglian town of Newmarket in Suffolk barely needs any introduction, renowned the world over as the premier location for the Sport of Kings. Horse racing inevitably dominates life in the town, and anyone with more than just a passing interest will find Newmarket an enjoyable place to visit. A day at the races is, of course, the ultimate Newmarket experience, with not one but two famous courses to choose from, but everyone can gain an insight into the equine world with a visit to the town’s National Horse racing Museum, a tour round one of the working horse training yards or by making a visit to the stunning National Stud.
The town of Tavistock in Devon is set on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor countryside, just 15 miles north of Plymouth. Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, to whom a monument can be visited just outside the town, Tavistock is a busy market town with pleasant riverside walks and a collection of independent and mainstream shops, theatre, restaurants and leisure centre.
The coastal road from Weymouth to Bridport is a stunning drive, with superb views and picture-postcard villages en route. The historic market town of Bridport, together with neighbouring West Bay, enjoys a lovely coastal position and some beautiful beaches, and has long been known for the manufacturing of twine and nets, used as fishing nets the world over, but also in production of such varied commodities as Wimbledon tennis nets and airline equipment. (more…)