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- Kelburn Castle dates from the 13th century and the Kelburn Estate covers an area of over 3,500 acres, starting at the edge of the sea and rising to a height of 1,300ft. Some 2000 acres is rough moorland, and 1500 acres of the better land is contained within a 7ft wall that encircles the heart of the estate. The estate offers great walking, mountain biking and horse riding.
- The Brough of Birsay is a small 21-hectare uninhabited tidal island off the north-west coast of The Mainland of Orkney. The Island has Celtic and Norse remains and is well known for the breeding colony of Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) and Guillemot (Uria aalge) The island is accessible on foot at low tide via a 240 metre long causeway over the Sound of Birsay.
- The Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower garden was founded in 1979 and contains 4 acres split equally between woodland and wild flower garden. The 1000+ Gnomes are distributed about the whole site. Also see how gnomes are made and view some antiques. Facilities include shop, refreshments, toilets, picnic areas. Dogs are welcome on leads.
- A light station was established on Lighthouse Island in the early 18th century and a lighthouse built in 1815. It has been inactive since 1884 when the lighthouse was abandoned in favour of the Mew Island Lighthouse, but the ruined stump of the 16 m (52 ft) stone tower remains. The ruins of the keeper’s house have been rebuilt to house a bird observatory. The island is managed by the National Trust, although not generally open to the public, weekend and day bird watching trips can be arranged.
- Scattery Island sits in the Shannon Estuary, just off the coast of Kilrush, County Clare. The island is home to a lighthouse, a ruined monastery, an Irish round tower and the remains of an artillery battery. To get to the island you will need to take a ferry from Kilrush Marina, and the ferries run between May and September.
- Caisteal Maol or Castle Moal is a ruined castle situated on a headland above the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. From here you can look out across the strait to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The castle is a three-storey construction and visitors can stroll through most parts of the building. The basement, believed to have been the kitchen, is full of rubble. It’s understood Castle Moal was built in the late 15th century and is the ancient seat of the Mackinnon clan. Last occupied in 1600, the castle gradually fell into ruin over the years, and storm damage in 1949 and 1989 further caused the castle to crumble. It is now safe to walk through the remaining parts of the castle as the ruins have been secured. Reach Caisteal Moal by parking in the village of Kyleakin’s main car park and taking the short gravel path up the hill. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top!
- The Cairngorms National Park is a national park located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Established in 1983, it covers nearly 1,800 square miles of beautiful countryside across north-east Scotland and is the largest national park in the United Kingdom. It includes the Cairngorms range of mountains and the surrounding hills. Explore the stunning landscape and its communities. The park is home to a plethora of attractions, whatever your budget or what the weather is up to. Museums, castles, outdoor activities including winter sports on Aviemore – it’s all here. Or just take to the hills and wonder at the amazing views! see visitcairngorms.com