A Magical Place

Every little girl dreams of being a princess at one time or another and I was no exception, thats why I love visiting castles. The UK is full of them and on my recent trip to Scotland I was lucky enough to visit one. Dundonald Castleย was built in 1371 and used as a royal residence by the early Stewart Kings. It sits on a hill overlooking the village on Dundonald, not far from Troon, where I was staying.

It was a magical place

This is my country

The land that begat me

These windy spaces

Are surely my own.

And those who toil here

In the sweat of their faces

Are flesh of my flesh

And bone of my bone.

Sir Alexander Gray

I’m off to Ireland tomorrow, but I do hope to get back to Scotland one day.

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on August 28, 2012, in travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Wonder poem and a great photo of you!

  2. annie siersema potter

    i have always wanted to sleep in a castle! lucky you! xoxo

  3. Oh, Maggie – my husband wants to go to Scotland next year (after all โ€“ he is a Gray!) Iโ€™m desperately excited about it and so glad you posted these pics so I can show him! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Someday, I must get to Scotland, and Ireland…there are bits of me there, I recently learned, and would love to see it, feel it and experience it. Thanks for bringing a bit of it to us! Safe travels!

  5. Beautiful poem, beautiful photos. Safe journey, Maggie!

  6. It looks almost enchanting. Thanks for posting.

  7. fabulous place, fabulous snaps, fantabulous poetry.. thanks for sharing, Maggie!!

    Wish you a gr8 trip ahead!!!!

    Hugs

    Rose

  8. Yes, there are certainly plenty of castles in this fair land! I actually am due a castle post as we visited Eilean Donan not that long ago… watch this space. Enjoy Ireland! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. beautiful, maggie! and looking forward to your Ireland photos. since the kids just returned from their trip there, I have looked at hundreds of photos and it is an amazing place. (they stayed in a castle a couple of nights) be safe!

  10. Jeannette Wynne

    Scotland and Ireland are on our list:) My husband’s ancestors came from the Isle of Mull in Scotland and county Kilkenny in Ireland. Beautiful places we can’t wait to visit:) Thanks for sharing your journey with us and continue to enjoy your travels!

  11. I really like the poem …and yes I agree with you ,every little girl (even big girls) dreams of being a princess so this place is perfect for a magical adventure. ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. I still want to be a princess ๐Ÿ˜‰

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