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Hardwick Hall

Off Dukes Drive, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, S44 5QJ
Built between 1590 and 1597 the hall is located in Derbyshire. It was designed by the English Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, for Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury.  Known as 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabeth was married…

Laugharne Castle

The Grist (Street), Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales, United Kingdom, SA33 4SS
The Castle at Laugharne has a history dating back to 1116 AD when it was first constructed for Robert Courtemain. The original castle that stood on the site is believed to have burnt down around…

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Garenin, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, HS2 9AL
This tiny crofting village is located on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  For those visitors lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the Gearrannan Blackhouse…

Loch Leven Castle

Pier Road, Kinross, Kinross-shire, Scotland, United Kingdom, KY13 8UF
Loch Leven Castle is a ruined medieval fortress on an island in Loch Leven which replaced earlier structures said to have been constructed by Congal, King of the Picts.  When the waters of the loch…

Fyrish Monument

Jubilee Path Car Park, Contullich, Ross-shire, Scotland, UK, IV17 0XD
A story of the compassion by a rich man towards the less fortunate, seasoned by an element of vanity, lies behind a structure that dates back to a dark time in the history of the…

Etal Castle

B6352(Just off), Etal, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, TD12 4TN
A ruined reminder of the Border Wars that was originally built in 1341 by architect Lord Robert Manners.  Etal Castle was comprised of a gatehouse, tower, and curtain wall - all protecting a central residence…

Hedingham Castle

Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, England, United Kingdom, CO9 3DJ
Hedingham is a Norman motte-and-bailey castle with a magnificent stone keep with sides averaging 17m and nearly square. It is built on a natural spur and is more than 70 ft (21 m) tall.  The…

Lowther Castle

Askham Road, Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom, CA10 2HH
Cumbria is probably best known for its mountains, hills and lakes but it also has many fine buildings like Lowther Castle in the town of Penrith.  This castle has belonged to the Lowther family since…

Kirby Hall

Off Kirby Lane, Corby, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom, NN17 3EN
Kirby Hall is one of the many great Elizabethan homes in England, built in the late 16th century for Sir Humphrey Stafford. However, while it was still under construction in 1575 it was bought by…

Duart Castle

Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland, UK, PA64 6AP
Also known as Caisteal Dhubhairt, this magnificent building is located on a rocky outcrop on the Isle of Mull overlooking the Sound of Mull and Loch Linnhe.  Situated at the tip of a small peninsular,…

Kenmure Hill Temple

Station Rd, Howwood, Castle Semple, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK, PA10 2PG
The Kenmure Hill Temple is a folly that sits on the former estate of the ancestral homeland of the Clan Semple.  It is found in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Scotland's largest regional park located…

The Winkie Light – Point of Ayre Low

Point of Ayre, Cranstal Road, Cranstal, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, IM7 4BQ
Usually one lighthouse is enough but at the northern most point of the Isle of Mann - a place known as the point of Ayre - There are two very close together. The main lighthouse…

Kilchurn Castle

A85,Lochawe, Dalmally, Argyll and Bute, (Strathclyde)Scotland, United Kingdom, PA33 1AF
Kilchurn Castle is a ruined 15th and 17th century structure on a rocky peninsula at the north eastern end of Loch Awe, in the Argyll and Bute region of Scotland.  It was home to the…

Flounders Folly

Callow Hill (Lane) Lower Dinchope Craven Arms Shropshire England SY7 9JJ
The landscape of the UK is dotted with numerous follies that still stand as a tribute to the eccentricity of wealthy and sometimes not so wealthy landowners. The tower known as Flounders Folly was constructed…

Kinver Rock Houses – The original Hobbit Holes?

Compton Road Kinver Stourbridge Staffordshire England DY7 6DN
[caption id="attachment_7429" align="alignright" width="350"] The ever popular Hobbit by J R R Tolkien[/caption] So magnificent and awe inspiring were the landscapes and creatures described by Tolkien that it was believed impossible to make a film…

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