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Note: I have been providing desktop wallpaper on this website for 19 years. My wife and I are now both aged 76, but, now that coronavirus infections and deaths have diminished considerably in the UK, we have managed to have two holidays so far this year (as at mid May 2021). I hope to post some more pictures as desktop wallpapers soon. Each new wallpaper will now have a link to the equivalent downloadable jigsaws (3 sizes). There are 180 desktop wallpapers on these pages and seasonal desktop wallpaper each day as 'Picture of the Day' from previous holidays. I hope that you enjoy viewing and using these.

Threave Garden, Dumfries and Galloway
(Posted 10th June 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
Threave Garden and Estate is managed by the National Trust for Scotland and is located near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway. The gardens are part of the 1,500 acres (607 ha) Threave Estate that was developed by William Gordon who bought the estate in 1867. The garden is home to the Practical School of Horticulture and is the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists. The gardens include a working walled garden, a rock garden, several ponds and water features and is a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and Scotland's only bat reserve. There are eight species of bats and a dedicated conservation programme to protect them. The wider estate is managed as a nature reserve that includes part of the Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes Special Protection Area. Threave Castle is located on an island in the River Dee, at the north-west side of the estate. Although managed by National Trust for Scotland, admission is also free for other National Trust members on production of a membership card.
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Threave Garden : Dumfries & Galloway
Threave Garden : Dumfries & Galloway

Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
(Posted 27th May 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush
Dumfries & Galloway
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, in Dumfries and Galloway. Bluebells arnative to north west Europe, but have been introduced elsewhere. They are bulbous, violet-blue, perennial plants of woodland and hedgerow, and prefer a light, usually acid soil. The woodland variety has 'nodding bells' and is more delicate and darker blue than the common garden bluebells. Those are the much more vigorous 'Spanish interlopers', with upright flowers. The bluebell's Latin name is hyacinthoides non-scipta, hence the hyacinth fragrance of these beautiful flowers. Dumfries and Galloway is located in south west Scotland. It is the mildest region in Scotland, is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has miles of quiet sandy beaches and coastal cliffs. The area includes the Galloway Forest that extends to three hundred square miles and is famed for mountain biking, walking trails and its abundance of wildlife. There is little light pollution, which led to the country's first Dark Skies Park.
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Loch Arthur - Beeswing : Dumfries and Galloway
(Posted 19th May 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
Loch Arthur, close to the delightfully named village of Beeswing in Dumfries and Galloway. This is a beautiful part of lowland Scotland, with an undulating coastline of rocky shoreline and sandy beaches, whilst inland, there are acres of forest and green spaces. The village of Beeswing was formerly known as Lochend, in reference to its position near Loch Arthur, which lies to the east of the village. The loch has been claimed as the setting for the Arthurian story of the Lady of the Lake. The village was renamed from Lochend to Beeswing to honour the famous racing mare, Beeswing, a 19th-century British Thoroughbred racehorse (1833–1854) from the north of England. In her day, Beeswing was hailed as the greatest mare in Britain and one of the greatest of all time.
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Loch Arthur - Beeswing : Dumfries and Galloway
Loch Arthur : Dumfries & Galloway

NORTH AYRSHIRE
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Eglinton Country Park - Kilwinning, in North Ayrshire
Eglinton Castle : Kilwinning in North Ayrshire
Portencross Harbour, North Ayrshire
Boydston Shore : Ardrossan, North Ayrshire

'STAYING LOCAL' - IN WHITWORTH, ROSSENDALE
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Open moorland, a few hundred yards from our home in Whitworth, Rossendale
Pine cones and needles - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale
A friendly local, on the wild moors at Whitworth, Rossendale
Lone tree - Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale

RURAL CANAL & RIVER SCENES FROM THE COUNTY OF CHESHIRE
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Sunrise at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire
Ducklings at Broken Cross, Rudheath, on the Trent and Mersey Canal - Cheshire
The River Weaver, Cheshire
Sunset at Whatcroft Flash, Trent & Mersey Canal, Cheshire

WALLINGTON GARDEN - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Wallington Garden near Cambo in Northumberland
Fungi at Wallington Garden, a National Trust property in Northumberland
A lakeside walk to Wallington's walled garden
Autumn colours at Wallington Garden, 12 miles from Morpeth in Northumberland


THE HOLY ISLAND OF LINDISFARNE - NORTHUMBERLAND
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Lindisfarne Castle - the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Gertrude Jekyll Garden and Lindisfarne Castle
Lindisfarne Boat Sheds and Lindisfarne Castle
St. Cuthbert's Island viewed from Lindisfarne

CUMBRIA
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The ruins of Frith Hall, viewed from Long Garth Farm, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria
Sizergh Castle Gardens, Cumbria
Windermere viewed from the Brockhole Visitor Centre, Cumbria

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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Clatteringshaws Loch - Dumfries and Galloway
Threave Garden, Castle Douglas - Dumfries and Galloway
The River Cree, Newton Stewart - Dumfries and Galloway
Thistles (village of Parton) Dumfries and Galloway

THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES
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The National Botanic Garden of Wales - the Great Glasshouse and fountain
Protea plants in the Great Glasshouse
Herbaceous borders (rhododendron - 'Pink Gin')
The Japanese Garden : National Botanic Garden of Wales

SPRING AT PENRHYN CASTLE - GWYNEDD
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Penrhyn Castle and native primroses
Tulips in the upper walled garden at Penrhyn Castle
Gunnera plants in the jungle like bog garden at Penrhyn Castle
Native bluebells - Penrhyn Castle

TYNE & WEAR
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Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Roker Beach Marina, Sunderland
The Penshaw Monument (The Earl of Durham's Monument)
Souter Lighthouse (Marsden : South Shields)

A WINTER WALK ROUND COWM RESERVOIR - WHITWORTH
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Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale in the South Pennines
Nursery rhyme ".... two little ducks went swimming one day ... " Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
A duck watching sheepdog at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth
First signs of spring - Catkins at Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth

LAKELAND WINTER
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Ennerdale Water - Cumbria
Wastwater- Cumbria
Windermere - Wray Castle, Cumbria
Tarn Hows - Cumbria

CHRISTMAS WALLPAPER
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Gordon Rigg Garden Centre - Walsden, West Yorkshire
The Apothecary, Haworth - West Yorkshire
Selby Abbey - North Yorkshire
Howden Minster - East Riding of Yorkshire

NORFOLK
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Horsey Windpump - Norfolk
Duke of Wellington Statue at Norwich Cathedral
Happisburgh Lighthouse
Wroxham - Norfolk
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About Beautiful Britain

The Beautiful Britain website has been a hobby since 2001. That makes it almost as old as Google! BB does not generate any revenue and no longer creates links to commercial websites. The pictures are all from our many short break holidays here in Britain.

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60% of Internet traffic is now on mobile devices (2017). In the months ahead I hope to convert the most viewed pages of this this web site to a 'mobile friendly' format. If they do not display correctly, please let me know.

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