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  Founded in 1169 by the Benedictines, Holy Cross was supposedly endowed with a splinter from the True Cross, hence its name. Now it has been completely restored, and the church has become once again a popular place of worship and pilgrimage. Most of the present...

This castle is in Aberdeenshire and a hidden gem on any tours of Scotland. It stands in a little tributary glen of the Suie Burn north of Alford. There are round towers and roofless gables with a picturesque Z plan tower house. Terpersie castle was built by William...

This is a beautiful village on the famous coast road in the North of Ireland. It has a fine little harbour and a white bridge built in 1854 running over its main street. This used to carry limestone from the quarries to waiting boats in the harbour. It...

The castle of Kilchurn is in Argyll. It stands at the NE end of Loch Awe. The castle stands on a rock that was once an island but is now surrounded by marsh. It was a stronghold of the Campbells, and the keep was built by Sir Colin...

Once the first stopping place of the many paddle steamers cruising up Loch Lomond, Balmaha is situated on the south-east side of the loch, less accessible than the west side, which takes the road going north from Glasgow. The sailors may head for any one of...

This is one of our favourite places in all of Ireland. At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we stay at Sheen Falls Lodge and our clients fall in love with the place. Kenmare’s two main roads are wide and spacious which is unusual in Ireland. This is because...

  The coast on this stretch of land between Lossiemouth and Hopeman is generally low and flat, with miles of fine sand at the seashore. Post-Ice Age glacial release created cliffs of red sandstone between sixty and a hundred feet high. The sea has worked at...

  These are three small islands 30 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean off the West coast of Ireland. The islands are known as Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer.   The first inhabitants of these islands are thought to have arrived during the late Bronze age. There is plenty of evidence...

This town is a real hidden gem for any tours of Ireland. A monastery was founded in the 9th century and two granite crosses from around that time have survived. Another survivor is a 12th century Romanesque doorway (though the modern church behind it is not great...

Fidra is one of a quartet of small volcanic rocks projecting from the Firth of Forth off the Lothian coast; the others are Lamb, Craigleith and Bass Rock. Together they contribute to the sense, when in the Lothians, of being close to country, sea and...