December 10th, 2008

View from study (sunny)

Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

I have finally managed to upload the photos from 2 weeks ago to Flickr. The weather wasn't good, so the pictures needed a bit of tweaking to bring out the detail.

The trip to Llangollen to visit Castell Dinas Bran (Dinas Bran Castle, sometimes translated as "Crow Castle" or "Crow City") was partly for research for the short story I'm writing for the next assignment on the creative writing course and partly because it's one of those places I've driven past for years saying, "I must go and look at that one day." As you approach Llangollen, you can see it perched up on the hill overlooking the town. But it's a fair walk from the centre of Llangollen to the castle and mostly I'm not going to Llangollen anyway, just passing through en route to somewhere else.

For those interested in Arthurian legends, Castell Dinas Bran seems to be the main contender for the site of the Grail castle, the Castle of Corbenic.

Here's a view showing the castle in the distance...

Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

And here's the entrance through a ruined archway.

Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

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There really isn't much of the castle left standing, unlike the major Welsh castles like Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Harlech etc. but the location is superb, giving excellent views over the surrounding countryside. Or at least it would have, if the weather had been better!

P.S. If you click through to my Flickr page, there are a few more similar ones.