Monday, 29 June 2009

Goathland & The North Yorkshire Moors

The North Yorkshire Moors offer spectacular views and walks around the village of Goathland.
As you can see the weather was beautiful and myself and Lenny walked around for hours just taking it all in.
Our B&B was called "Rose Cottage".Run by Emma and Jaz,they are open all year round and allow dogs.When having your own beautifully cooked breakfast,they even cook a sausage for your dog which is a lovely touch - anyone going there once will want to go back again - I know I do.


Whitby is a fishing town on the coast.It is the first base of Captain James Cook.
It is overlooked by the Abbey ruins.You can walk up to the Abbey from the town which gives you some spectacular views.
As you can see,myself and Lenny also took a boat trip around the harbour.It was slightly choppy but great fun.

Ashfordly Station / Hogsmeade

The Train Station at Goathland also doubles up as Asfordly Station from "Heartbeat" and also "Hogsmeade" Station from the "Harry Potter" films.
It is part of the North Yorkshire Moors railway system where you can travel on traditional old steam engines.

Goathland / Aidensfield

On June 17th and 18th,I went to Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors.
This is the village where the TV series "Heartbeat" was filmed.
It is a lovely,quiet place where the sheep roam freely around the village.As you can see from the view from my B&B window,Lenny took a great interest in these strange creatures.
The pub featured in "Heartbeat" - The Aidensfield Arms - is actually the Goathland Hotel.You are free to take your dogs in all three of the Bars in the village which was great.
After all the tourists go home the evenings are serenely quiet,and you are free to walk around in peace and enjoy the beautiful countryside surrounding you.

Friday, 12 June 2009


A brief couple of days in Glasgow featured a trip to Celtic Park and a walk up and down the River Clyde.

Glasgow is home to Celtic Football Club.I attended a match in memorial of Tommy Burns a former player and manager of the club.
Even though it was only a friendly game,nearly 40,000 people turned up.

The walk up and down the River Clyde was very different to how it would have been during the Clyde ship building era.
Nowadays it is has been regenerated and is home to expensive apartments,entertainment and the "Armadillo" - otherwise known as the SECC.
As you can see it was a beautiful day for a walk.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Croke Park

Croke Park is the home of the GAA. Gaelic games such as Hurling and Gaelic Football have been played here for many years.
It has undergone a huge renovation project over the years which makes it one of the most modern satdiums in Europe and the fourth largest.
One area of the ground is smaller than the rest.It is called Hill 16 which was originally made from some of the damaged rubble of O'Connell Street after the uprising of 1916.
In the GAA Musuem you can see the story of the Irish uprising and how the playing of Gaelic games developed.
In recent years,Football and Rugby have been played here during the renovation of the Landsdowne Road Stadium.

As you can see in the pictures,the pitch is covered up following the recent Republic of Ireland v Bulgaria game - it hadn't been snowing!

Walking Around Dublin 2nd April

Dublin is a beautiful city.As well as the fascinating history to look at,the old buildings and the open spaces are great to walk around.
The Brazen Head pub is reputedly the oldest pub in Dublin and Inchicore is where the famous Paul McGrath of Aston Villa,Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fame lived.
Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzie fame was also a Dublin Man and is revered countrywide.
St.Stephens Green is a lovely open space in the City and you wouldn't know that there is a busy noisy city outside it.

Guinness 1st April

The Guinness Storehouse at St.James Gate is a must see experience.The world famous Guinness is made right next door with water from the nearby Wicklow Mountain spring waters - not with Liffey water - a popular misconception.
It tells the story of Arthur Guinness who signed a 9000 year lease on the land at St.James Gate back in 1759.
You move up through the various stages of brewing and see the wide variety of advertising which has become famous over the years. There is a tasting area (yum) and at the very end of the tour - seven floors up - you can get a complimentary pint of Guinness which you can enjoy whilst looking at a great view of Dublin.
Back down to the bottom of the Storehouse is a huge shopping area where you can buy anything which has got a Guinness label stuck on it - would seem rude not to after the free pint!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Wednesday 1st April - Jamesons

John Jameson started up The Distillery which bears his name in Bow St,Dublin back in 1780.The place produced whiskey until the 1970's when production moved to Cork.

You can go on a tour here which shows the history and the methods used to produce arguably Irelands second best export behind Guinness.
They also give you a free sample at the end of the tour which is very welcome!

Wednesday 1st April

I didn't have any internet access whilst in Dublin,so apologies for writing after the event.

My first thoughts on arriving here were - "let's have a pint".
The bus dropped me at O'Connell St right beside what is known as "The Spire".It's a great big lump of metal which was erected to commemorate the millenium or something.The locals I talked to weren't that impressed considering the amount of money which had been spent on it.

After walking down the River Liffey I chanced upon the area known as Temple Bar.Funnily enough,I found the actual pub called The Temple Bar and had my first sip of Guinness - was well worth waiting for!
Next stop The Jamesons Distillery!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Early Start

An early start at Birmingham Airport for my trip to Dublin.
I have now got a better camera which allows me to take the odd picture here and there without a flash going off.

An hour before my flight,I am enjoying a pint and a sausage sandwich. Some people are having Tea and Toast - how strange!

Next stop The Emerald Isle.

Saturday, 14 March 2009


The town of Southwold is on the Suffolk coast.It is a lovely little place which appears to be unspoilt by the progress of time.
It is home to the Adnams brewery and all the pubs have the full range of the local beers - which I felt obliged to sample.
It was nice and quiet when I went - a perfect place to relax and unwind.Apparantley going there in the summer months is a little busier.
It is a place which I will visit again in the future - and this time I will do the Brewery tour - I wonder if they do free samples....?

Thursday, 19 February 2009


Liverpool had a non too friendly reputation over the years and has been a bit run down to say the least.
Re generation and being the European City of Culture in 2008 has given the place a much needed face lift. The docks area is full of bars restraunts and very expensive places to live as well as being home to The Beatles Experience.
The City itself is looking much smarter than previously and most of the inhabitants are friendly.
I was up there with friends to see Aston Villa play against Everton in the FA Cup - it wasn't to be our year after all.....At least we had a good time and some drinks in a few of Liverpool's friendly public houses!