I recently visited Aberdeen, and one of the places that drew me in was the Kirkyard of St Nicholas. I have a slightly odd fascination with cemeteries and love reading the sometimes fascinating inscriptions on gravestones.
St Nicholas is the patron saint of Aberdeen, on the north-east coast of Scotland.
The site has been used for burials for at least 900 years and was particularly atmospheric in the dappled early morning sunlight.
There has been a kirk on the site since 1157. It was enlarged in the fifteenth century and was one of the largest churches in Scotland. It is known as the Mither Kirk, the mother church of the city of Aberdeen.
The Kirk was dedicated to St Nicholas as a miracle attributed to him was the rescue of sailors from a stormy sea.
I explored only half of the Kirkyard and sadly never made it into the Kirk itself. There were a lot of angry wasps about that morning and my bravery eventually failed and I bid a hasty retreat!