The approach to Stirling is impressive with this incredible view of Stirling Castle (more of the castle in a future post) perched on top of the cliff. Its position was important in the line of defence and the town was granted a Royal Charter in the 12th century. It was witness to battles against the English during the Wars of Independence, including The Battle of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
Luss is a lovely little conservation village on the west coast of Loch Lomond, within the Trossachs National Park. It was used for exterior filming of the Scottish day time soap ‘Take the High Road’ during the 80s and 90s.
The castle took over fifteen years to complete and after seeing the incredibly intricate and opulent interior I could appreciate why.
From its elevated vantage point, the views from Penrhyn Castle are spectacular and far reaching. From the seascape (when the tide’s in) to Llandudno Bay and the Great Orme to views over the Menai Strait and Anglesey, or inland to Snowdonia, whichever way you look there are stunning vistas.
Portmeirion was designed and built in the Italianate style by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between the 1920s and 1970s, with colourful, elaborate buildings.