Postcard from Port Glasgow, Ontario

Postcard from Port Glasgow, Ontario
Port Glasgow

Beach at Port Glasgow — Photo Credit: P. Dumas

Port Glasgow is a village on the coast of Lake Erie, about 75km southeast of London, Ontario. It was settled by Scottish immigrants to Upper Canada around 1818. Erosion eventually destroyed the original harbour. The port itself now features the Port Glasgow Yacht Club and marina, a small lighthouse, sandy beach, and a walking trail through the forest along the water’s edge. Continue reading

Postcard from Brock’s Monument, Queenston Heights, Canada

Postcard from Brock’s Monument, Queenston Heights, Canada



Brock’s Monument at Queenston Heights National Historic Site — Photo credit: P. Dumas

Brock’s Monument commemorates the work of Major General Sir Isaac Brock. Brock was a leading figure in the early battles against American forces in the War of 1812 and died at the Battle of Queenston Heights. The monument stands an imposing 56m (185ft) tall and is actually the second to commemorate Brock at Queenston Heights, as the first was dynamited in April 1840 in an act likely related to the 1837 Rebellion. The monument towers above the Niagara River, very close to the modern-day border between Canada and the USA.

Queenston Heights offer beautiful picnic grounds, a historic walk related to the Battle, and a new monument and garden acknowledging the vital contributions of First Nations peoples to the War.


Brick’s Monument, Queenston Heights — Photo Credit: P. Dumas

Postcard from Port Dover, Ontario

Postcard from Port Dover, Ontario

Beach at Port Dover — Photo by P. Dumas

Port Dover is a small town in southern Ontario, Canada, on the coast of Lake Erie. Now famous for its Friday the 13th gatherings of motorcyclists from across Canada and the USA, the town was settled by Loyalists in the 1790s and saw action during the War of 1812. Continue reading

Postcard from Glenashdale Falls, Isle of Arran

Postcard from Glenashdale Falls, Isle of Arran

Glenashdale Falls, Isle of Arran — Photo by P. Dumas


The Isle of Arran holds countless points of beauty and of historic (and prehistoric) significance. Only two hours from Glasgow (approx. 1 hour by train plus 1 hour by ferry) off the West Coast of Scotland, Arran’s most noticeably spectacular feature may be Goatfell, it’s highest point, Continue reading

Postcard from York


York – photo credit: L. Flewelling

I was just talking to a friend (from the US) about York and as it turned out, she had a very similar experience visiting there as me – it’s a city that immediately feels welcoming and manageable and filled with fun things to see highlighting a diverse range of time periods and people (and a vague smell of chocolate in the air).


York’s City Walls – photo credit: L. Flewelling

History of York website from the York Museums Trust

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Ruins of St Mary’s Abbey – photo credit: L. Flewelling

Visit York

York Minster

York Castle Museum

National Railway Museum

JORVIK Viking Centre

Yorkshire Museum


Clifford’s Tower – photo credit: L. Flewelling


The holiday season in Edinburgh


Edinburgh – photo credit: L. Flewelling

Thank you so much for reading Isles Abroad throughout 2016! We’ll be back in the new year with more British and Irish history, but for now, enjoy some pictures of my favorite city during the holiday season.


Edinburgh – photo credit: L. Flewelling


North Bridge at Hogmanay – photo credit: L. Flewelling

Postcard from Regent’s Park (featuring the birds of Regent’s Park)


Regent’s Park – photo credit – L. Flewelling

Regent’s Park in London was originally set aside by Henry VIII for use as a hunting ground.  During the Regency, John Nash planned and developed the park.  Along with 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, the park also is home to 100 species of wild birds.

History of Regent’s Park


Regent’s Park – photo credit: L. Flewelling

Postcard from Glenfinnan


Glenfinnan Viaduct – photo credit: L. Flewelling

This is such a lovely valley, with the enormous viaduct stretching its length.  The viaduct was completed in 1898.  It was made especially famous in the Harry Potter movies, of course, but it also featured a film that played a major role in shaping my love of otters and suspicion of people named Angus: Ring of Bright Water. (“I thought it was just an otter!”  Talk about scarring for a small child.)


Glenfinnan Viaduct – Photo Credit: L. Flewelling

Glenfinnan was also the site of the Jacobite Rising’s beginnings in 1745, and the valley features a picturesque monument to the ’45, built in 1815.  The Glenfinnan Monument is a property of the National Trust for Scotland.


’45 Monument – Photo Credit: L. Flewelling

Postcard from Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh


The Salisbury Crags – photo credit: L. Flewelling

This is quite simply one of the best places in the world (and my favorite spot in Edinburgh).


Arthur’s Seat from the top of Salisbury Crags – photo credit: L. Flewelling


Arthur’s Seat on a snowy day – photo credit: L. Flewelling


Postcard from Arrochar, Scotland

Postcard from Arrochar, Scotland


The village of Arrochar can be found at the top of Loch Long, about an hour northwest of Glasgow. There are walkways and picnic areas along the edge of the water. Arrochar is a lovely little place to stop for a break before taking on the forest paths and hillwalking nearby. Note that Loch Long reaches out to the sea. These photos were taken at low tide.



Arrochar and Loch Long — Photo credits: Paula Dumas