St. Patrick’s Well, Portpatrick, Wigtownshire

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Holy Well (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – NX 0010 5412

Also Known as:

  1. Canmore ID 60610

Archaeology & History

St Patricks Well on 1849 map

This long-lost  holy well was located on the southeast side of the town.  It was highlighted on the first OS-map in 1849, but its waters were disrupted shortly after this. Daniel Conway (1882) told that,

“It flowed where there was a quarry used for the harbour works. The writer of this notice heard from two men, John Mulholland and Owen Graham, dwelling at Portpatrick in 1860, that they had seen on the rock beside the well what tradition said was the impression of the knees and left hand of St. Patrick.”

When the holy wells writer E.M.H. M’Kerlie (1916) came to visit this site, it was “no longer to be seen.”  He wrote:

“The water which issued from a rock on the south side…

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WW2 Christmas Recipe Pamphlets – Ministry of Food

The 1940's Experiment

It’s NEVER too early to start thinking about a “WW2 Home Front Christmas”, after all the weather is definitely turning, the leaves are falling and soon Halloween will be a distant memory.

I’m not sure what to do this Christmas. I don’t have a 1940s style home, infact really its just the recipes, books and kitchen related items (and a few dresses and hats) that are the extent of my time travelling. But as we all know, Christmas is pretty much all about the food so I thought I’d dig out some digital snap shots of some festive WW2 Ministry of Food recipe pamphlets.

It will soon be time to start thinking about our cakes and puddings!

C xxxx

PS: Click on the pictures below and they will open up as a larger image xxx

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Broadleas Stone Circle, Kildare, Ireland

Visions Of The Past

I had visited Broadleas Stone Circle twice prior to the trip documented in these pictures and have always found it to be a beautiful and welcoming place. This Neolithic stone circle stands on a slightly elevated mound and measures over 30 metres in diameter. Today 27 boulders remain, however it is believed that the figure would have been closer to  47 or 48 when the circle was first built. The elevated platform also contains Ash, Holly and Hawthorn trees, all of which had a spiritual significance in Ancient Ireland, the Holly tree has grown out of a split in one of the boulders which only adds to the curious otherworldly feel of Broadleas. There is a local legend that each time a person walks around the stones and tries to count their number they will get a different total, however this is probably moreso to do with the amount of split…

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Milleen National School, Milleenduff Townland, Séipéal na Carraige (Rockchapel), Co. Cork

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Milleen National School, Milleenduff Townland, Séipéal na Carraige (Rockchapel), Co. Cork

(Dated 1914)
NGR:  122001, 119413

The village of Roundwood in Co. Wicklow claim that at 238 m OD, their’s is the highest village in Ireland. However in recent years, the village of Meelin in Co. Cork has erected a braggadocious signpost at the edge of their humble home stating ‘Welcome to Meelin – Ireland’s Highest Village’. The  brazen folk of this tiny north-Cork hamlet claim that their little settlement, located just south of the Mullaghareirk Mountains, is 15 m higher than their Wicklow rivals. If you investigate the issue online, you might find various reasons why one village believes the other’s claim to the title of the most elevated settlement is illegitimate. In all honesty, the argument could probably be settled in minutes by pulling out an Ordnance Survey Map… but what’s the fun in that?

The plucky village of…

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I’ll just take the hangover… thanks!

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

According to Irish folklore, it was said that the cure for a hangover was to bury the ailing person up to the neck in moist river sand.

This could have the same effect as a cold shower. It’ll wake you up and get the blood pumping, but there’s not much medical evidence that it cures a headache and nausea. Really, this seems like another prank-turned-legend. “Up all night drinking poitín, is it? To the river!”

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Outlander Walking Tour of Inverness City

Inverness Outlanders

We put together this blog and ‘Places to visit for Outlander Fans In the Inverness Area‘ to help Outlander fans who are in Inverness and wonder what they should visit. We hope these blogs help you  discover the beauty and history  of Inverness.


Destroyed in 1746 during the Jacobite Rising the present Castle was rebuilt in 1834.

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From the Castle you can enjoy great views up and  down the River Ness.

The Flora MacDonald statue stands in front of the castle. We meet Flora in ‘A Breath Of Snow and Ashes’,  chapter 54, “Flora MacDonald’s Barbecue”  when The Frasers attend a barbecue at River Run.

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                                       Flora MacDonald outside Inverness Castle

 Inverness Castle Viewpoint

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We were lucky enough to…

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The Old High Church in Inverness and it’s Outlander Connections 

Inverness Outlanders

The hill on which the Old High Church stands has had religious connections since 565AD when St Columba preached to the Pictish people of Inverness on the hill. There has always been religious structures on this site, the present Church was built between 1770 and 1772 but the lowest part of the west tower dates back to the 14th century which makes it the oldest building structure in Inverness. Most of the prosperous buildings that were built in Inverness were wooden in nature and during the middle ages buildings were often burned due to Clan feuds.

The tower was also the tallest structure in Inverness for centuries which gave the church it’s name ‘High Church. There is no direct access from the church to the tower but there may have been before the present church was built.

DSC05908 The Old High Church

In 1703 a curfew in Inverness was introduced and…

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