I haven’t indulged in a medieval castle image for a while. (I really need to get on Pinterest, don’t I?) This one is Dunluce Castle in County Antrim, Ireland, which dates to the Thirteenth Century. Isn’t it lonely looking? Can you imagine the pounding of the surf in a storm? What a great place to pack a picnic lunch, a blanket, and a good book–to be read after exploring the ruin, of course.
It was time for another castle picture. Isn’t this one awesome? It’s on an island with a causeway that runs out to it. I want to book a flight! Then I want to hike those moors behind it.
Photo courtesy of CityPictures.net.
I have this infatuation with ruins, especially castle ruins, and especially castle ruins in Scotland and Ireland. Like books, they’re sort of a doorway to the imagination. They never fail to send my thoughts winging off into all sorts of fantastic directions. In fact, I have the barest bones of a fantasy idea I’d like to set in Scottish ruins some day, but that’s about three novels out. In the meantime, I’ll post a photo every now and then, just because they’re so very cool. (And just to make things bookish, I’ll call them inspiration.)
This is actually the image I trimmed as a header for my other blog. It’s Castle Kilchurn on Loch Awe, Scotland. My grandmother immigrated from Scotland as a small child; perhaps that spurs some of my interest. Regardless, this is an awesome image! If only the power company hadn’t built a tower in the background…
Photo origin: citypictures.org