Monday, 19 February 2018

No one will give you anything in this life. You must earn it.

I wrote the below back in early January, which seems a life time ago now. I recently started a new job and moved many miles away from home, not as far as some might move in other countries, but further than I have ever gone.

Tonight I'm feeling a little home sick but I'm sure it will pass. As the card from my mum says 'Without the rain there would never be Rainbows'. I may be feeling sad and lonely tonight but as with rain it will pass, the sun will shine, and something wonderful will appear.


'No one will give you anything in this life. You must earn it.' This is what Castle has just said in the episode I have paused to write this. 'You are a fighter.' That is what we all need to be in life. Nothing is handed to anyone on a plate and a life could shatter and fall apart at any point.

I recently had a conversation with my boyfriend about how we perceive that some peoples lives are so easy and that they just seem to get 'The Life' and on with life. They never seem to falter or make mistakes, but this is not true, no ones life is easy and perfect. Even the richest person in the world will have issues of some sort. Even that friend or family member you think is perfect has struggled at some point.

The conversation arose out of, well lots of things but partly Christmas cards. Around Christmas some people send family news letters in their Christmas cards explaining all about their 'perfect family', 'perfect children', their doctors, lawyers, living in London. Yet here I am, actually doing quite well, although I am not in London, I am not a Doctor or Lawyer, and I do not want to be. Now, do not think that my parents are pushing me to be something because they are not, but there is a societal pressure that I should get a 'good job' (which for some reason means I would need to move to London), marry at some point, and have children.

I do not know what I want in life but I am still young. I think I might want to marry at some point and maybe have children, but that is a long way off in my mind. Right now I just want to start in the career that I am passionate about, and hopeful some day move in with the person I love, and live out a happy life with adventure, surrounded by those I love and care for.

Anyway I am a little off topic. What we discussed that night was that life is not easy. I have had a fortunate life but I still have had to work hard to get to where I am, and I have had to not give in. My boyfriend is aware of the struggles I have faced, the countless jobs I have applied for and rejections I have received. This is the issue though, when we compare ourselves to others we only see their success, we do not see what they have gone through their set backs, difficulties, and rejections. We just see the 'perfect' life, yet we do not tend to share our struggles. Think of the family news letter like social media, we only share happy polished stuff, after all it is Christmas, but we also do this all year. Why? Maybe shame, fear, or just that if it is not a happy topic we may just want to move on, forget and be happy.

Carrie Hope Fletcher spoke about something similar in a recent YouTube video (Getting Rejected). Carrie is a West End actor who has been in War of Worlds, Les Misérables, and The Adams Family. She is very talented and yes her family are too; her brother is Tom Fletcher (McFly, author) and sister in law, Giovanna Fletcher (author). Yet this does not mean she gets everything because of who she is. Carrie has worked hard to get to her position, and as mentioned in her recent video she still gets turned down. She does not get ever part she auditions for. Yes sometimes this may be because they want someone with red hair, but this happens outside of the theatre industry too. Sometimes employers reject people because they do not believe them to be a right fit for the team or the business, not because you do not have the skills.

Life is not easy. It will never be, but it is the greatest adventure you will ever have. If you work hard, keep going, I do believe that hard work pays off. Think about professional musicians, dancers and writers, it is the hours of work that they put in that make them great. I watched a interview recently with Candice Neistat. She was saying about how she just keeps going because she has to, she takes tasks day by day, she just makes things work, but through hard work.

No one will give you anything in this life. You must earn it. You must be a fighter. But do not feel ashamed or scared to tell people about your journey or to ask for help. Others may be able to help. Remember, most of all, not to compare yourself to others (easier said then done, but true). You can only be yourself and you will only be happy being as such.

Work hard, keep learning, keep adapting, and be kind. You will get to where you want to be. You will see your rainbow.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Raggy Reviews: Things I'm Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Title: Things I'm Seeing Without You
Author: Peter Bognanni
UK Release Date: 4th February 2018
Ages: 14+
*Disclaimer: I was sent a free copy of the book by the UK publisher. All opinions are my own.

Raggy's Rating: 5/5

Things I'm Seeing Without You is a love story with a twist. It is about a teenage girl grieving for her long distance boyfriend who commits suicide. They had been communicating by text and social media for months after only having met once in real life. It is a beautiful, emotional story about grief. Truthfully portrayed. I found it hard to put down, and in parts it brought tears to my eyes. 

What would you do if you suddenly received a Facebook message from your dead boyfriend? Things I'm Seeing Without You is a Young Adult novel by Peter Bognanni. It tackles issues of young death, suicide, long distance relationships, and how to handle grief in the age of the internet, where your online self can out live you.

The book also covers topics of sex, drugs, and drinking and therefore may not be suitable for younger readers. The publishers are marketing the book at ages 14+.

I really enjoyed this book. It is one that you could read at any time of the year, but with Valentine's Day coming up it might be an interesting one to add to your TBR as it is a slightly different take on a love story.

Overall I give this book 5/5.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Raggy's Travels: Scottish Road Trip Day 3

In August 2017 my sister and I went on another Scottish road trip. Scotland is a beautiful place with so much to explore, although Summer time is a busy period. We had wanted to visit Skye but that was a no go last summer, it was very busy and places booked up fast. Instead we decided to visit Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway is just over the border to the west of Scotland. It has many farms, and therefore many a cow crossing the road, but it is beautiful, with few tourists, and has wonderful places to see and lovely coastal views.

Cows crossing

Recap our journey so far:



Starting where I left off in Raggy's Travels: Scottish Road Trip Day 2, we had a lovely night at the Portpatrick Hotel. We had booked to stay two nights at the hotel which allowed us to explore more of the local area, and to return to some sites that we had run out of time to see the previous day. 


Part of Glenluce Abbey through the trees

Glenluce Abbey
£5 (Adult ticket)
Open: 1st April - 30th September 9:30am-5:30pm
1st October - 31st October 10am - 4pm
Closed: November 1st - 31st March

Abbey hallway

We started our day at Glenluce Abbey, which was another of the three abbeys founded by the Cistercian Monks. It was a beautiful abbey. The site in which it sits is rather large and in a beautiful countryside setting. The abbey stands mostly in ruin, however there is a chapter house that visitors can enter. There is also a wee book closet that is still evident today.

Courtyard outside Chapter House

Interestingly the abbey was not abandoned during the Reformation as the 15 monks who resided at the site decided to convert to the reformed religion. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the abbey as no register of it survives today, however when the abbey came into state care in 1933 artefacts where found when the rubble was shifted. These artefacts are now on display at the wee visitor centre and shop next to the site.


Little remains of Barsalloch Fort

Barsalloch Fort
Open all year

Seaview from Barsalloch Fort with Thistles

Back on the road we decided to head back in the direction we had been the night before - along the lovely coastal road of the A747. Along this road are a couple of free Historic Scotland sites. They are small, and if you are driving along you might blink and miss them. One of these locations is Barsalloch Fort, which is just off the main road. There is a wee parking area at the base of the steep steps up. There is not a lot to see, including no ruins, though the site is surrounded by a large defensive ditch. Little is known about those that lived there, but the site is thought to have housed a few round houses. The climb is certainly worth it for the sea view.

Defensive ditch at Barsalloch Fort


View out of St. Ninians Chapel window

St. Ninian's Chapel
Open all year

Our destination at the end of the beautiful coastal road was St. Ninian's Chapel in the Isle of Whithorn (which is not actually an island). It is believed that the chapel was built around 1300 replacing an earlier chapel. The small chapel is to this day part of a pilgrimage route. In the past it would have been used as a place to give thanks and to rest as the first point of call on arriving safely by sea. Close by the chapel is a pile of rocks carried by people to this location, with prays, wishes, and names on.

St Ninian's rock pile

St Ninian's Chapel is right by the sea. We were lucky with the weather, in fact some people where even swimming in the little sea inlet nearby. It is a beautiful location and the wee village of the Isle of Whithorn has a wee shop and pub, with rooms to stay the night. We stopped at the pub, sitting outside to have a Cream o' Galloway Ice cream, which was very nice.

Cream o' Galloway ice cream


View looking out of St Ninian's Cave

St Ninian's Cave
Open all year

After our ice cream break, we got back on the road and headed to another of the pilgrimage stopping points, that of St Ninian's Cave, which is said to be a location that St Ninian used for personal prayer.

Crosses and pebbles left in the cave by pilgrims and other visitors

The cave is on the beach and today is filled with crosses from modern pilgrims. The cave is apparently smaller today then it once would have been due to rock falls.To get to the cave the nearest parking is 1 mile away. The walk to the beach is through at first a farm, then very quickly after crossing the road, a wood, which eventually opens up out onto the stoney beach. It is a stunning location (it has been my screensaver for awhile now) and is certainly worth the walk.

Walk to the beach

Excavations in the 1950s discovered sets of remains which were undateable. These excavations and older excavations in the 1890s also found medieval carved stones, which are now on display in the Whithorn Priory and Museum.


Chapel Finian
Open all year

Back up the A747 we stopped off at the other wee historic site just off the road, that of Chapel Finian. It is a very small site with some visible ruins. It was a chapel believed to have been built around the 10th and 11th century. Its location was picked as pilgrims would have landed on the nearby beaches. This chapel was named after the 6th Century Irish Saint Finnian.


Kirkmadrine Stones
Open all year

Our next adventure for the day was to head to the very tip of Scotland, the Mull of Galloway. On our way however we decided to stop of at a wee Historic Scotland site, Kirkmadrine Stones. Parking at the end of a pathway, we wondered down through the old green trees popping out at an abandoned church and grave yard. In the old church entrance, glassed off, are the Kirkmadrine Stones and information boards explaining their history. They date back 1500 years.

Kirkmadrine Stones behind glass

We did not stay too long here as it started to rain but the site also offers good countryside views.


Mull of Galloway

Back on the road we headed to the end of the world, the Mull of Galloway, Scotland's must southerly point, from where you can see the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. There is not very much at the Mull of Galloway, just a visitor centre, lighthouse, sea birds, and cows (caution they may wander out into the road).

Mind the cows

The Mull of Galloway has lovely views and seabirds a plenty to watch. A sign even states where they go in the winter and how far away that is (Senegal, 2800 miles). As it is a wild place any dogs must be kept on a lease and humans are asked to stick to the marked paths. The site is leased and managed by the RSPB Scotland as a nature reserve. It has been in their hands since 1975. The Mull of Galloway has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Sign and lighthouse

On 8th June 1944 a Bristol Beaufighter crashed killing French Pilot, Claudius Echallier and Flight Engineer, Royston Edwin. In the bad weather, which this southernly tip of Scotland can receive, visibility was poor. They crashed into the border wall, store buildings, and then went over the high cliffs into the sea.

Mull of Galloway horn

The Mull of Galloway lighthouse was built in 1830 by Robert Louis Stevenson's grandfather, Robert Stevenson. In todays money it would have cost £9 million to build. The lighthouse has a horn which you can walk down to see. The horn is no longer active however as Scotland no longer uses horns, the last one was switched off in 2005.

Before the lighthouse was automated in 1988 it would also have been a home, with the families growing their own vegetables, keeping farm animals, and the keeper keeping watch at night to ensure the light flashed correctly. Today the lighthouse is monitored 24 hours a day from a remote centre and visited by local people who carry out regular checks and cleaning, with an annual check by the Northern Lighthouse Board technicians. The light switches itself on and off by a wee light sensor noticing the difference between night and day.


Following our adventures at the Mull of Galloway we headed back to the Portpatrick Hotel where we were booked to stay another night. We had supper in the hotel bar area, which wasn't expensive. I had scampi and chips. We then went on a wee walk along the coastal path outside the hotel before retiring to our room.

View of Portpatrick from evening stroll along coastal path


Next: Raggy's Travels: Scottish Road Trip Day 4

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Raggy Reviews: The Social Network (2010)

Running Time: 120mins (2hrs)
Rating: 12A
Genre: Biography, Drama

Raggy's Review: 9/10

The Social Network is the story of Facebooks origins. Jesse Eisenberg portrays Mark Zuckerberg the computer genius who invented the platform whilst at Harvard University. Andrew Garfield plays his best friend Eduardo Saverin who originally fronted money for the project. Whilst Armie Hammer (and Josh Pence) play the Winklevoss twins, fellow Harvard students who later sued Zuckerberg for stealing their idea.

It is an interesting film especially if like me you did not know much about the origin story or the legal cases that went with it. Despite Zuckerberg talents and success this account is no fairy tale story. I have not looked into the history, I have only seen the film, so I am not sure how accurate it is, however Zuckerberg does not come across as the friendliest of individuals. At the start of the film he publicly humiliates his ex, whilst drunk, on his blog and alienates those around him throughout.

For me the film was interesting viewing seeing how a company can start and grow, but it was also quite sad to see the decisions Zuckerberg made in his personal life. Maybe social interactions and friendships might be hard for him, maybe he thought he was doing what was right, but money is not everything.

The film may not be accurate or could be an unfair portal, Zuckerberg is now a wealthy man with a family , but the film is well acted, interesting not too long and can make you think about life, about friendship, loyalty, love, entrepreneurship, jealously, and success.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Year, New Me

'New Year, New Me.' People say that at the start of a new year but I quite like who I am at the moment, although I agree no one is perfect so there are a few things that I would like to do this year, or at least try to.


1. Read 12 Books

Admittedly this is a modest target for most readers, but as my reading has been pretty none existent for a while I thought such a target might help me get back into it. Finding time in 2017 was tricky. 'Major reading slump' is what you could probably call it. When I did pick up a book in 2017 I also found it hard to finish. I am aiming this year to read at least one book a month, more would be good but I am not going to put any pressure on myself to do so.

2. Blog once a week

Or at least try to. Again in 2017 finding time to blog was tricky, but I think with a bit planning I can do more this year and devote the time that it deserves, including in checking for spelling mistakes and such. I would also like to get back into YouTube but I am not setting any goals for that this year. I think the best approach for me is to slowly get back into blogging and YouTube with small goals.

3. Carry on working on being healthy

This has not gone too well so far. Over this past week I have spent more time in bed than the entire of Christmas. I unfortunately came down with the terrible cold/flu illness currently hitting the UK. Instead of hitting the gym and eating healthily, I have watched a lot of 'Castle' and eaten junk food. I am feeling a bit better today. Hopefully healthy January can start tomorrow and I can get on organising things for this New Year.

My plans for this health kick journey is to hopefully continue going to the gym. At the end of last year I was starting to feel fitter, being able to run for longer and swim faster. I would also like to eat healthier. I am not planning a diet as such but I would like to be more conscious about the way I live and eat, cutting down on bad foods, and eating more fruit and veg.


I also have some other personal goals that I would like to achieve this year, but it is not a long list. I am looking forward to seeing where the year takes me and the adventures to come.

I hope you had a lovely holiday season and are not feeling under the weather. If you are ill at the moment I hope you get well soon.

Thank you for reading and supporting my blog :)

I wish you all the best for 2018.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Raggy Reviews: The Baker

The Baker (AKA Assassin in Love)

IMDb: The Baker

Year: 2007
Length: 1hr 26mins
Rating: 12
Raggy's Rating: 8/10

Review: Set in a wee Walsh village, 'The Baker' is about an ex-assassin attempting to escape his past by starting a new life as a Baker. However, some villagers find out about his past and start ordering certain items believing they are ordering hits on people using a code.

It is a funny film with action and romance. It has a great cast of well known actors, including Damian Lewis as main character Milo, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as his archenemy, and Kate Ashford.

A fun film to watch.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Raggy's Travels: Scottish Road Trip - Day 2

Day 2 started as Day 1 ended in the lovely Hunters Lodge Hotel Gretna. The night before we had order two To Go Breakfasts, consisting of a Bacon Roll and Orange juice, to the room for 8:30am. At 8:30 one of the hotel owners knocked on our door dropping off the breakfasts. We ended up not having the breakfast to go, instead eating in the room. After eating our breakfast we finished packing up, checked out, and were on our way bright and early to explore Dumfries and Galloway.

On the road

Our first stop was Caerlaverock Castle  roughly 40 minutes from the hotel. We arrived a little before the castle opened so we took some pictures from the car until we saw the warden arrive.

Waiting in the car park

Caerlaverock Castle is owned by Historic Scotland, and open all year round (opening times vary seasonly). Entrance fee is £6 unless you have a Historic Scotland membership (or 2nd year English Heritage or CADW membership in which case it is free), or you have purchased an Explorer Pass (£31 for a 3-day pass, £42 for a 7-day pass [adult prices]). I would recommend the Explorer Pass if you are visiting Scotland for a road trip.

Caerlaverock Castle has a long history. You will notice when visiting the castle you are actually visiting 2 for the price of 1. Behind the impressive triangle shaped Caverlaverock Castle, built in 1277, can be found the ruins of the first Caerlaverock Castle built in 1220. This first castle is believed to be the first stone castle constructed in Scotland. It was abandoned most likely due to building collapses resulting from the wet and muddy conditions, as the castle was located at the head of a tidal inlet (no longer present today due to changes in sea level).

Owned by the Maxwell family for roughly 400 years, Caerlaverock experienced an unsettled history. Located at an important gateway to Scotland the castle was sieged in 1300 by the English and 1640 by a Protestant Convenanting Army. The siege in 1640 was the last the Castle would see as the protestant army dismantled the Castle so it could no longer be a place of defence. The Catholic Maxwells however, held on to the castle during the siege for 13 weeks, a feat aided by having an internal water supply.

Due to the location of the castle, it was not only a home to the Maxwell family but also a barracks, law court and pit-prison, in which it is believed in 1425 Murdoch, Duke of Albany was located before his execution in Stirling Castle. 

The castle has an interesting past and story to tell. It is now in ruins, though much of it still stands to be explored. There is also a tearoom, shop and toilets at the site making it a suitable location for a day out.

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle gate house and moat

Caerlaverock Castle gatehouse from the inner court yard

Caerlaverock Castle court yard

The first Caerlaverock Castle

After Caerlaverock we headed to Threave Castle about 50 minutes drive away. Threave Castle is owned by Historic Scotland, opening times vary seasonally and the Castle is closed from the start of November to the end of March. An adult ticket is £5.

Threave castle is situated in the middle of the River Dee and only accessible by a wee short hop of a boat ride from a small jetty 10 minutes walk from the car park. Due to the steep steps in the castle and accessibility of the boat and jetty this castle is unfortunately not suitable for wheel chair users.

The castle is a tower house built in 1369 by the Lord of Galloway (also known as Archibald the Grim). At 30 metres tall it is the same height as a modern 10 storey block of flats, though in its hayday it was 5 storeys. With 3 metre thick walls, small windows, a prison, and well in the towers lowest floor, and an artillery wall built later in its life, this castle was a strong hold of the Black Douglases, closes allies of Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence. 

The castle was a strong defence and stood its ground in turbulent times. It also had a unique feature of Scottish towers, in the walls of the top floor were passages with access to holes for a wooden wall top walk, which could be used to contain an attack.

To its end Threave Castle held, however in 1455 the Black Douglases surrendered to a bribe from King James II who had attacked feeling that the Black Douglases were becoming to powerful. The castle was eventually given to state care in 1913.

Bell to ring for the boat

Boat to Threave Castle 

Threave Castle

Threave ruins adjacent to the old harbour

The weather turned whilst we were visiting Threave which made for a wet sprint back to the car. Unfortunately we did have a wee bit of a wait in the rain for the small boat to cross the river due to a coach trip of passengers causing a queue to cross, luckily we had come prepared with our waterproofs.

Onwards in the rain we headed to Dundrennan Abbey, about a 1/2 hour drive away. It was bucketing it down, but that added to the atmospheric ruins, especially wondering through the graves. 

Dundrennan Abbey, now owned by Historic Scotland, was built in the 12th Century and was home to Cistercian Monks for 400 years, until the Scottish Reformation when the abbey was passed to the crown and it subsequently fell into disrepair. 

The Abbey was the first of three founded by the monks in Galloway, the others being Glenluce Abbey (which we saw later in our trip), and Sweetheart Abbey. 

Famously Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Dundrennan Abbey on her last night in Scotland. She was fleeing to England supposing that she would be helped by her cousin Elizabeth I. On her arrival in England Mary Queen of Scots was arrested and never returned to Scotland.

Little is known about the Abbey as not much history has survived, however the abbey is said to have some of the best early gothic architecture in Scotland. 

There is not much cover at the abbey and few facilities (though it does have a toilet), but it is pretty and worth a visit. The enter fee is £5 for adults, do check online for opening times as this site is not open all year.  

Dundrennan Abbey

Back on the road the weather started to clear up a little. By the time we reached Cardoness Castle, about 20 minutes drive away, just off the A75 the weather had cleared.

Like Threave Castle, Cardoness is a built in the Tower house style. It was built in the late 15th Century by the McCulloch family, however it takes the name of the Cardoness family who owned the land previously. The land was most likely acquired by the McCulloch's through marriage to the last remaining member of the Cardoness family.

The McCulloch family where known to be rather quarrelsome and reckless. They not only quarrelled between themselves but also with neighbours. In the 1620s they had to mortgage the castle and the castle changed hands to the Gordon family who left the castle empty preferring to live elsewhere. The two families did not particularly get along. In fact Godfrey McCulloch was executed for later murdering Gordon of Cardoness. The McCulloch's had moved back into the Castle, but following Godfrey's death the Castle changed hands a number of times; to the Gordons, Maxwells, Stewarts, Murray-Bailles, and back to the Maxwells. In 1927 the castle was gifted to state care, but by this time it had become a roofless ruin.

The Castle has a fascinating history which you can learn about in the onsite exhibition. The Castle is worth a visit, it has a shop, is in a known local stronghold for Red Squirrels, and at 6 storeys high offers excellent views across the surrounding areas from the top floor. Entry is £5 per adult ticket, and it is also owned by Historic Scotland. Do check opening times online as they vary throughout the year, and the castle is closed from 1st November to 31st March.

Cardoness Castle

Stairs to a view - Cardoness Castle

From Cardoness Castle we drove on heading to Whithorn. Along our drive we decided to stop at Cairn Holy I & II, 10 minutes drive away, as the weather was still holding off.

Situated on a hill above Kirkdale Glen, these two chambered tombs date from 6000-4000 years ago. Cairnholy II is the slightly less impressive of the two, however it is said to be the tomb of mythical Scottish king Galdus, and it may have been reused for a later burial at some point. Cairnholy I, on the other hand is believed to have been the place of rest for an important member of the early community who lived there. It is surrounded by standing stones and it was found to contain an axe with a stone that originated from the Alps.

Cairn Holy I and II are free to see and open all year, they are maintained by Historic Scotland. There are no facilities but the site does offer good views of the surrounding countryside.

Carinholy I

Cairnholy II

Back on the road we passed through Scotland's National Book Town, Wigtown (a 25 minute drive away). We didn't stop, however we did make a note to come back. The town was a planned book town and official designated in 1998. It is now home to a wide range of book related businesses and home to an annual book festival in Autumn that hosts over 200 events. The official town website describes the town as a 'book lovers haven'.

Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town

By this point in the day we were getting rather tired but we still had one more place to see, Whithorn Prior and Museum, also owned by Historic Scotland and a 25 minute drive from Wigtown.

Whithorn is famously part of a pilgrimage route that follows in the footsteps of St Ninian, a saintly bishop who lived in the 400s and is famed for bringing Christianity to Scotland, converting many to the faith. St Ninian is also believed to have been buried at Whithorn.

Whithorn priory was built on this ancient religious site in the 1100s, later becoming the Cathedral Church of Galloway. It was visited by many including royalty such as James IV. The priory was home to one of the 1st Christian communities and housed a shine to Saint Ninan. For many years the Whithorn site was a centre of Christian worship, but after the 1560 Protestant Reformation it fell to ruin.

The priory also contained one of Scotlands oldest Christian monuments that of the Catinus stone dating from the 5th Century, it is now on display in the Whithorn museum which houses many engraved stones decorated with interlaced knot work. Most of the stones are from religious sites, apart from the Monreith Cross which is from a court-hill beside the home of a local lord. The Monreith Cross is believed to have been used in punishment. It possibly had 2 iron rings at the bottom to which a person would have been attached by chain and collar.

Whithorn priory and museum has much to see and is well worth a visit. At the time of writing the website did not give a price for tickets but suggested a phone number to call to check. The site is owned by Historic Scotland and open most of the year apart from 1st November to 31st March.

Whithorn Museum - Monraith Cross left of the picture

Following Whithorn, we were both quite tired as we had had a busy day and travelled quite a distance, we decided to call it a day and head to the hotel in Portpatrick. The road to Portpatrick was lovely but being tired and hungry it did seem to last a very long time. The drive to the hotel took about 1 hour, once in Portpatrick we parked, checked in to The Portpatrick Hotel and headed down into the seaside village to locate somewhere to eat. We came across a pub on the front which was rather busy, but we managed to find a table at the back to have a lovely pub meal before heading off to bed.

The Portpatrick Hotel is lovely. It was a purpose built hotel which opened in 1905. It is located at the top of the hill over looking Portpatrick bay. It is today used by couch tours, but it didn't feel busy or noisy, and the staff were lovely. Our room was on the top floor, it had or in the past had had damp, however it is an old hotel and we were in the roof so this didn't particularly bother me at all. The bathroom was also quite cute as it was really thin but still had a bath, though by the toilet it was quite spacious. It was a really lovely hotel, and in the room was a local travel information book, and quite a good information pack about the hotel, including its history which was fascinating. In this book I discovered that they offer travellers lunch, a pack lunch for £4.95 each, and a lot about the first manager of the hotel, M. J. P. Mair who was hired from a hotel in Egypt after the owner of The Portpatrick Hotel, Mr C. L. Orr-Ewing, enjoyed his service there. In the next post I may share more about our time at the hotel as we spent two nights there.


PortPatrick Hotel


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