Strokestown Park House – Ireland

Strokestown Park House - Ireland

Setting off late morning eastwards towards Dublin we prepared ourselves for a long journey. By mid afternoon it was definitely time for a break and we all felt like something to eat. We stopped at Strokestown (our half way point) but everywhere seemed a little quiet. We randomly drove through a fancy entrance to what looked like a posh house or park and it turned out to be Strokestown Park House. It had a lovely restaurant where we had a good bowl of soup and a chance to stretch our legs. The house is an 18th century mansion and within the estate was the famine museum which explains the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840”s – sadly we didn”t have the time to look around the museum but it was a great pit stop.

The Custom House – Dublin, Ireland

The Custom House - Dublin, Ireland

Whilst sat in the afternoon rush hour traffic I managed to grab this quick snap of the Custom House in Dublin. Sadly, I was only able to capture the top half of the hall due to parked cars and railings in the way. I desperately wanted to get out and take some real photographs of the city of Dublin but knew that this would be impossible on this trip.

Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall

Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall

The photo below shows the part of the Birdoswald Roman Fort in the foreground which is today basically ruins but interesting none the less. In the 1840’s the Birdoswald Estate was purchased by Henry Norman who had a great interest in the fort and its history. He added the tower and porch onto the farmhouse, giving it the appearance of an imposing medieval building.

Calton Hill – Edinburgh

Calton Hill - Edinburgh

After lunch I was stood watching the construction work that was going on near Waverley Station (Edinburgh’s centre train and bus station). I think that Edinburgh is one of the most hilly towns I have been too so far and I am always amazed by the drops and cliffs that can be seen around the city. The photo below was taken looking towards Calton Hill and shows Nelson”s Moment.