Guide to visiting Eyam in the Peak District- the original plague village!

Plague cottage in Eyam in the Peak District, Derbyshire

Known as the plague village, Eyam in Derbyshire’s Peak District is a beautiful village with an amazing story to tell. It includes amazing personal sacrifice, a village pulling together and all before we had instant communication over long distances! I’ll tell you a bit more about the history below, but a quick snippet is that … Read more

Linlithgow Palace: a guide to visiting the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots

View of the exterior of Linlithgow Palace near Edinburgh

Just the name, Linlithgow Palace, conjures up images of Scottish Royalty and the rich history of the country. In actual fact the palace now stands as a ruin and possibly doesn’t quite fit a classic Scottish castle image! (I always think it looks a little harsh as a building and not like some fairytale castles … Read more

How to visit Clava Cairns, an ancient site and Outlander location

Clava Cairns ancient site

Scotland just knows how to wow with atmospheric sites, history that goes way back and incredible vistas. This next site in the Highlands will wow you as well! It has become so much more popular due to its connection with the Outlander books and TV series and as such it’s on many people’s Scotland bucket … Read more

Historic Abbeys in Yorkshire -14 pretty ruins to visit

Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire overlooking the sea

Yorkshire seems to conjure up images of rolling countryside, farmland and picturesque villages with stone cottages. Many people might be surprised that it has an abundance of ruined abbeys to visit too! When I lived in Yorkshire I was always been attracted to the romantic nature of these ruins and would visit whenever we found … Read more

Guide to visiting Avebury in 2023: a mystical stone circle and village in Wiltshire

Visiting Avebury henge

When it comes to ancient stone circles many people imagine an open landscape around it or perhaps a woodland but there’s actually a stunning example, not far from Stonehenge, that has a quaint English village slap bang in the middle – Avebury Stone Circle. It’s just how you imagine a pretty English village too, with … Read more

8 fairytale castles near Edinburgh to visit – the best in the city and around

Stirling Castle from the West in late afternoon autumn sunshine.

If you’re visiting Scotland and you’re looking for castles to visit nearby to Edinburgh then you’re in luck because not only are there 3 that are in the city itself there are another 5 to choose from nearby that I have highlighted here in this guide. There are actually many more around Scotland that you … Read more

Visiting Sherwood Forest in 2023: See Robin Hood’s Tree hideout – the Major Oak

Robin Hood's Tree in Sherwood Forest in summer

Visiting Sherwood Forest is one of those bucket list items that many people have but have put to the back of their mind. They know about it from films and the legendary stories, but many people don’t even know it’s real, that you can visit and that Robin Hood’s tree is alive and well too! … Read more

Visiting Culloden Battlefield: what you need to know

visiting culloden moor battlefield

When in the Scottish Highlands, or based in Inverness, visiting Culloden Battlefield is often high on the list of those who are interested in history or those who have Clan relatives who may have fought. Having grown up in Scotland I’d always heard of the Battle of Culloden and I also knew of the term … Read more