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

Your guide to visiting Avebury Stone Circle and village in Wiltshire

Avebury Stone Circle is one of the most impressive bits of ancient history in England, but did you know that it’s actually the largest megalithic stone circle in the world?   Many people rate the standing stones even higher than Stonehenge, and it’s not surprising since you can get up close and personal with the … 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: 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

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

D-Day beaches self drive tour: a 3 day itinerary in Normandy, France

If you’re looking to explore the Normandy World War 2 sites then a D-Day beaches self drive tour is a perfect way to see the area.  It’s a fairly compact area with plenty to see and do whether you’re a complete history addict or just want to pay respects to the troops who lost their … Read more