Posts tagged ‘National Trust’

Penrhyn Castle

Built in the early 19th Century, the faux-medieval castle of Penrhyn stands overlooking the Menai Straits near Bangor in North Wales.

Although it’s an impressive piece of architecture, it’s important to point out that the Pennant family who built it, made their vast fortune in both Welsh slate and Jamaican sugar, the latter from plantations using slave labour. So like many other country house estates it’s a monument to the uncomfortable legacy of Britain’s colonial past.

© Mark Simms Photography (2022)

Giant’s Causeway

We’ve recently returned from a whistle stop visit to Northern Ireland including a couple of days in Belfast and one day on the North Antrim coast which is perhaps most renowned for the world famous Giant’s Causeway.

This spectacular landscape is made up of over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Science explains that this geological wonder is the result of ancient volcanic activity, but I prefer to believe the more romantic stories of myth and legend which tell of the mighty giant Finn McCool who carved the causeway out of the rocky coastline.

Whatever you choose to believe, the Giant’s Causeway is a truely remarkable place and definitely deserves it’s place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

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