In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

Criccieth Castle, in my humble opinion, has the single best tourist information display of any castle that I’ve visited to date, either in Wales or in England. Perched as it is on the headland, it’s an absolute bugger to photograph up close, but pop down to the bay below, and you’ll be rewarded by a magnificent sight.

Criccieth Western Shore

Arrow Slit at Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

A Gap In The Wall

Criccieth Eastern Shore

Fishing In The Harbour At Criccieth

Are You Looking At Me?

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

According to the map we had, there were several footpaths running up the mountain from the cottage where we were staying, passing pretty close to a standing stone up in the woods. That sounded like the perfect excuse for an evening stroll, and indeed we were successful in finding the stone, thanks to some extensive logging around it.

The View From Above The Mill

The Lane Through The Trees

The Lane Through The Trees

Standing Stone

Standing Stone

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Pebbled Path

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

I can’t remember exactly where at Tantallon this pebbled path was – whether it was inside the castle or something I came across walking from the car park. Either way, I found it really eye-catching, and I’m sure I annoyed the other tourists by just stopping and staring at it when they wanted to walk over it to wherever it leads 🙂

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Wooden Door And Knocker

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

One of the things I love about exploring the (mostly ruined) castles of Britain is when I come across an old-fashioned door like this. Maybe it was too many wood-working classes as a child, but I’m a sucker for admiring wood grain. You can keep your modern, form-fitted plastic world … for real beauty, you can’t beat the look and feel of wood.

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Entrance To Tantallon Castle

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

To enter Tantallon Castle, you cross this modern sturdy bridge. The deep moat it crosses was part of the formidable defences against armour and siege towers, but with the advent of cannon Tantallon was nowhere near as impregnable, and it fell to Cromwell’s army in 1651. His army’s artillery did substantial damage to the castle walls and especially to the towers, creating much of the ruins that you can visit today.

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Castle Entrance

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

The green stone cladding on the Mid Tower (aka the Fore Tower) is very unusual, and really stands out against the red stone used to build the rest of the curtain wall of Tantallon. Historic Scotland were part-way through restoring the cladding, allowing us to get a good idea of what this will look like when the work is complete.

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Essential Conservation Work

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

When we visited, Historic Scotland were part-way through essential conservation work, looking to rebuild and restore the soft green stone cladding around the Mid Tower or Fore Tower.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

One of the common features of Welsh castles (as apposed to English castles built to keep the Welsh in line) is that they’re extremely well hidden, and normally very small. Castell y Bere near Craig y Aderyn fits that criteria perfectly. Even with a good map, we had a devil of a job finding it; you can drive right past it and not notice it is there, even after all these years of peace between the English and the Welsh.

Craig y Aderyn (Bird Rock)

Steps Up Into Castell y Bere

The View Towards Craig y Aderyn (Bird Rock)

Castell y Bere

The Well At Castell y Bere

The Path Down From Castell y Bere

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Wall And Gate

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

Inner Farne is a beautiful place to visit, with no shortage of subjects to keep a photographer happy until it’s time to leave once more. This is my personal favourite from the visit (and one of my favourites from the whole holiday); a simple shot along the boundary wall of the Trinity House lighthouse. Hopefully you’ll find this a great wallpaper to lighten up your Friday until it’s time to escape the office and head off for the weekend.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos from and around the Farne Islands over the last two weeks. If you haven’t decided where to go for your main vacation this summer, I can’t recommend the Northumberland coastal areas highly enough.

New theme next week 🙂

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Jetty Pillars

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

As you can see from Google’s satellite photo, the harbour at Inner Farne features quite a long jetty, along which tourists disembark and embark once again at the end of their visit. Underneath this concrete structure, down by the water’s edge, can clearly be seen the pillars that hold it up as it marches out into the bay.

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