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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
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7 Unique and Beautiful Island Castles Around Britain You Will Love

With thousands of years of fascinating, turbulent history, it’s unsurprising that the British Isles are awash with castles of all shapes, sizes, and ages, particularly around the troubled Scottish-English and Welsh-English borders. While many of these magnificent castles were built strategically on cliffs or hilltops to protect against invaders, and others were surrounded by a …

Aldborough House 2 min
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A Unique Day Trip from York – 12 Things to See in Boroughbridge

Boroughbridge is a thriving small market town conveniently located just 16 miles northwest of York, and 30 minutes from Leeds and Harrogate. Boasting ancient monuments, a picturesque marketplace, wonderful walks, and picture-perfect neighbouring Aldborough, with a Roman fort and village stocks, Boroughbridge is the perfect place for discerning travellers to visit on a day trip …

Saltburn on Sea Pier and Beach
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8 Best Things to Do in Stunning Saltburn on Sea

There are so many things to do in Saltburn on Sea If you’re visiting North Yorkshire, or exploring the myriad delights of Northumberland or County Durham, here are the top 8 reasons to take a trip to the quintessentially British seaside town of Saltburn. About the Victorian Town of Saltburn Located just 10 miles along the …

Lighthouse at Spurn Point 2 min
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All You Need to Know to Visit Spurn Point – Yorkshire’s Amazing “Land’s End”

Spurn Point was somewhere I’d wanted to visit since moving to Yorkshire, so I booked a trip on a whim and looked forward to a day at the coast. I’d reckoned without Storm Alex though – a ferocious storm that battered the country with gale-force winds and torrential rain for days before my trip! Fortunately, the …

Bran Castle is one of the Spookiest Places in Europe
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The 14 Spookiest Places in Europe: Haunted, Creepy & Scary Spots

Have you ever been somewhere that triggered your sixth sense, and made the hairs at the back of your neck stand on end? Plenty of places can spook us – especially when they have a dark and troubled history. With its millennia of turbulent history, however, one continent seems to have more scary places than …

Ripon Cathedral from the Front
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The 11 Best Things to Do in Ripon | Yorkshire Towns to Love

The ancient city of Ripon is the 3rd smallest in England, and it’s an absolute gem! With a magnificent cathedral, a Victorian workhouse museum, a thriving market, and a town hornblower too, there are more things to do in Ripon than its tiny size might suggest. This post contains affiliate links, which means I may …

See Huby's Tower when visiting Fountains Abbey
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Top 5 Must-Sees When Visiting Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Tucked away in rural North Yorkshire, there’s an ancient gem well worth visiting. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Park include the ruins of the largest Cistercian monastery in the United Kingdom, splendid Georgian formal water gardens and a medieval deer park. The place was called Fountains, where, at that …

Visiting the gin distillery, Whittaker's distillery, Yorkshire
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A Sensational Gin Distillery Tour You Shouldn’t Miss!

Yorkshire is world-renowned for its scenery, history and architecture, but you might not know that it’s also home to several astonishingly fine craft gin distilleries. As a proud “import” to Yorkshire, I’m delighted to see these fantastic Yorkshire gins succeeding in the industry. Of course, I had to go on a gin distillery tour to investigate! …