Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset


Like Wales, it was easier to create a page for the whole of Scotland, rather than split it into individual counties. This time, however, it's mostly because we seldom get the opportunity to venture North of the Border.

Scotland's capital, and beautiful city, really needs few words of explanation. Crowned by the huge castle, and surrounded by hills, everything is contained in a relatively small area.

The 1 o'clock gun being fired.

Calton Hill
the Scott Monument
Greyfriar's Bobby
Mons Meg

the Heart of Midlothian
Salisbury Crag & Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh may be Scotland's most famous castle, but this one is undoubtedly its most photographed.
The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD.
Eilean Donan played a role in the Jacobite risings of the 17th and 18th centuries, which ultimately culminated in the castles destruction.
The rebuilding of it was completed in 1932.

KAGYU SAMMYE LING - Tibetan Buddhist Centre & Monastery
This is a place that is special to me. Although it is a working monastery, visitors are welcome, free of charge, and there is a gift shop and delightful tea rooms to cater for the occasional visitor.
I'm not going to go into great detail about it, as it has such personal meaning for me, but I thought you'd like to see a few photos of what is truly a wonderful place of peace and tranquillity



If you are a Buddhist, then you will understand, and know what these icons represent.

Tiny little town in Dumfries and Galloway, with a very pleasant walk down by the river Esk. That's the same river which flows by the Samye Ling monastery. It was the birthplace of Thomas Telford, and an important town to the Border Reivers.

A small town in Dumfries & Galloway, Moffat is one of the first towns you will come across when you enter Scotland. What you will find is an enchanting little Border town, with a wide high street and quaint shops. (Try the Moffat Toffee Shop Mmmm.........) and the little bakery just down the road on the other side, which does fantastic pineapple cakes!

In the centre of the town is the statue of the Ram With No Ears, properly known as the Colvin Fountain. Moffat was a notable market in the wool trade, and this is commemorated with a statue of a ram by William Brodie in the town's marketplace. The ram was presented to the town by William Colvin, a local businessman, in 1875. The ram is missing its ears, and has been since it was first presented.

Traquair is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Scotland, and is still very much a family home.It is not know when the exact foundations of the house were laid but a substantial structure must have existed by 1107 when Alexander 1 of Scotland signed a royal charter at Traquair. At this time the castle was used as a hunting lodge for royalty and also as a base where they could administer justice, issue laws and hold courts. At Traquair, many charters still exist. One, signed in 1175 authorised William the Lion to found a Bishop's Burgh with a right to hold a market on Thursday. This small hamlet was later to become the City of Glasgow.
During this period Traquair was nestled in the middle of the vast Ettrick Forest and provided a superb venue for royal hunting parties who came to hunt wild cat, wolves, deer, wild boar and bears who roamed the forest. A mural painting in the Museum dating back to the early 1500's depicts some of these early hunting scenes.
After the death of Alexander III in 1286 the peaceful life of the Borders was shattered by the Wars of Independence. Traquair became one of the many fortified towers or peles that were built along the banks of the Tweed. When the alarm was raised they could communicate to each other by lighting a beacon at the top of the tower and alert the neighbours of an English invasion. Traquair was briefly occupied by English troops but returned to the Crown with the accession of Robert the Bruce in 1306.
More peaceful times eventually returned to Traquair in the15th century and when James III succeeded in 1460 he gave Traquair to his current favourite Robert Lord Boyd, but when the gift was not appreciated he gave the castle to his favourite court musician, William Rogers. However, he held Traquair for only nine years when he was persuaded to sell it to the Earl of Buchan for the paltry sum of 70 Scots merks (£3 15s).
The Earl of Buchan, a half uncle to the king then gave Traquair to his second son James Stewart who became the first Laird of Traquair in 1491. Since this date the house has remained in the same family.

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