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.
Native bluebells near Caulkerbush, Dumfries and Galloway
(Posted 27th May 2021 : Click the picture for full-size desktop wallpaper)
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.
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
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.
Why is this website changing?
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.