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gwen 
Posted: 02-Nov-2006, 02:12 PM
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As an uncultured Yank that would someday like to make a trip to the U.K. and Ireland, I'm seeking advice from my friends across the pond about the must-see's and must do's. My children dearly love anything medieval, especially castles. So which, of the hundreds, do you think cannot be missed? keeping in mind, of course, that we would probably only have ten days of touring.


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Posted: 04-Nov-2006, 12:17 AM
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Bunratty or Knappogue castle in Ireland if you would like to join in a medieval/renaissance feast. And the mead is fantastic! Kilkenny also has a medival look to its town and a castle.There are a few you can stay at such as the Ashford castle in Mayo or Dromoland castle in Co. Clare. My wife and I have been hoping for the Irleland, Britain, and Italy tour through GoGlobel Ireland I believe they have a Irish castle and manors tour for a $1900 a person.


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Posted: 07-Nov-2006, 07:56 AM
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i always wanted to go to a castle...it seems so exciting... i hope i could go to one some day... what castles would you recommend me?


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Posted: 07-Jan-2007, 02:11 PM
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Gwen,
You absolutely must leave time to go to Edinburgh! The Castle is incredible, the view from the battlements over the City is wonderful, the Tour very interesting,and then there's the Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace and the Abbey. You can take a tour of those as well, and really should! We love Edinburgh - will go back someday with our girls. Give yourselves several days there, if possible, and explore - there's so much!

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Posted: 16-Jan-2007, 02:03 AM
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I would love to visit the castles and the dungeons and I think seeing the round table would be fantastic. I would also like to see where the battle of Stirling took place with William Wallace. It all sounds so interesting and historic.

gonna go before I die I hope...

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I can't talk about Ireland i've never been there, i'm just able to talk to you a little bit about Scotland...

For me there's one castle you can't miss, it's on the north-west coast of Scotland, it's Eilean Donan Castle. It's my favorite, even if it's not the biggest, I give you the adress of its website, to allow you to have an idea, but i think it is more beautiful in reality than in their website...
www.eileandonancastle.com/index.htm
The lanscapes you can discover in the area are really wonderful, and from there you are not to far away the Isle of Skye, in which you could discover Dunvegan castle ( Mac Leod's family Castle), I don't appreciate it as much, but it's beautiful, i can't deny...

Just a world about Edinburgh, i completely understand the enthousiasm which show Celtic1... And even if i'm not keen on city, i confess that this city worths definitely to be discovered...

It's to know that it is possible to spend few nights ( even just one) in a castle without spending to much money, in the North of Inverness, this castle is a Youth Hostel... and is said to be haunted... I've never been there, but i think to spend one night there during my next trip to Scotland...
You can have a look on it either on the website of the SYHA or on the website of the castle, which name is Carbisdale Castle
www.syha.org.uk/
www.carbisdale.org/

I could stay here writting about Scotland during hours, but i've to work a little bit... Then, bye and if you have anymore questions, i would be there!


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Posted: 06-Mar-2007, 12:34 AM
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I really hope I can go to the UK one day. I want to see the Tower of London there and the rich, if unpleasant history, of England. And I *must* see Edinburgh. I want to see the Royal Mile where once were Kings and Queens and shop to my heart drops! hee hee I also want to see Culloden Moor where the most horrific battle in the Uk took place in 1746 . they are working on improving their visitor center there so should be much to see by the time I get there. And I most definitley want to see Eilean Donan castle! I also want to see Ireland and Wales. Shoot! I could go on and on! smile.gif


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Posted: 31-Aug-2007, 02:34 PM
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Gwen love, did you ever take your trip. If so tell us about it, please.


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As I am of the Clan Cathcart I recommend you visit Sundrum Castle, here is a bit of the History of it...Scottish Independence when it was declared forfeit to the crown.

Sir Robert Wallace, a relative of Sir William Wallace, the Scottish freedom fighter, was appointed Sherriff of Ayr in 1342, succeeded by his son Duncan in 1359 who commissioned the building of the present castle in the 1360's.

The Tower was originally built with only narrow slits for windows to light the ground floor and the basement only. The entrance to the castle was in the north wall and a corridor within the thickness of the wall led through the guardroom to the Great Hall. The guardroom still exists, below, now a small pit prison which is now sealed up. A wooden screen divided the Great Hall, where all the administrative business of the Sheriffdom was undertaken. The floor above the Great Hall, was reserved as the Sheriff and his Lady's private quarters.

With the consent of King Robert II, possession of the castle devolved to Sir Alan de Cathcart, before 1384, the consequence of Sir Duncan dying without an heir. Sir Alan's father, a supporter of Robert the Bruce, is recorded as having been present at the battle of Loudon Hill. In Barbour's history of the Bruce, a copy of which is in the castle library, as being "amongst a party of 50 knights led by Sir Edward Bruce who surprised and defeated a far superior number of English knights in Galloway ".

The same Sir Alan famously accompanied Sir James Douglas on the ill-fated quest to take the heart of Robert the Bruce on crusade to the Holy Land. Surviving a bloody battle against the Moors in Andalusia, he and Sir William de Keith retrieved the heart in its casket from the battlefield and brought it back to Scotland to be buried in Melrose Abbey. The arms of Cathcart have made reference to this event ever since. In 1996 the lead casket was rediscovered at Melrose and re-interred.

The castle remained the Cathcart family seat until 1753, when it was sold by the 9th Lord Cathcart,for £18,000 to John Murray of Broughton. Within a few years it was purchased by the Hamiltons, with whom it remained until 1917.

In the 1790's the Hamiltons carried out major alterations to Sundrum adding the rear west portions and northern extensions, establishing the Mews and its characteristic Clock Tower. John Hamilton of Sundrum was instrumental in reducing the claim for rent against William Burns, the father of Robert Burns helping to alleviate the family's plight. John Hamilton married Lillias Montgomery, sister to the 12th Earl of Eglinton and their entwined crests are featured on the mantle-piece of the Great Hall fireplace.

A further four generations of Hamiltons continued to reside and improve the castle until 1917 when it was sold to Mr. Earnest Coats, a director of the Paisley firm of thread manufacturers. The area now known as the "Coats House" was added between the mews and the original castle.

In 1936, Sundrum was sold to an enterprising hotel syndicate. In subsequent years the castle fell into disrepair, before award-winning restoration and development of the estate was undertaken by Salopian Estates assisted by Historic Scotland. Patricia and Graham Cathcart Waddington, with the help of their family and friends have undertaken the recent interior refurbishment of the tower itself. beer_mug.gif


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Posted: 05-Mar-2008, 02:23 AM
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QUOTE (Rindy @ 16-Jan-2007, 02:03 AM)
I would love to visit the castles and the dungeons and I think seeing the round table would be fantastic. I would also like to see where the battle of Stirling took place with William Wallace. It all sounds so interesting and historic.

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Hey Rindy please read my post about Sundrum Castle, for in the Wallace Tower you will find the Sword of William Wallace, the hero of the Battle of Stirling Bridge "Saorsa!"
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Will do Druid. Just got to find it...lol....Thanks...

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Rindy what "round table"- does not exist. Near Falkirk there is a town called Camelon, an old Roman fort-Arturius,s Camelot/see other posts-near to this once stood a building called Arturius O,on. This was a circular building its purpose was unknown, unfortunatly now demolished. In Stirling there is the castle ,Stirling Bridge near to the battle site and the famous Wallace Monument over looking the Forth valley. Here is situated William Wallces sword -the original-not a copy! In Argyllshire their is Dun Add the birhtplace of Arturius and the wonderful museum at Kilmartin. Other places worth a visit are Burghead where a Pictish fort exists still. There are many other places a must is Culloden- a new visitor and interpretation centre was completed last year-this is a place of sorrow and heart break. I once walked round the battlfield one grey misty April afternoon, I can still feel the atmosphere.


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