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- The Hermaness Cliffs can be found on the north-eastern side of Unst in the Shetland Islands. Rising to 170m, the cliffs are located in the Hermaness National Nature Reserve and are home to thousands of breeding seabirds. During the summer months, the cliffs come alive the sound of bird cries, making it an unforgettable wildlife experience. The types of birds you can see include puffin, guillemot, gannets, kittiwakes, razorbills and much much more. Access to the nature reserve and the cliffs is unrestricted, although visitors are asked to keep their distance from breeding birds and follow the marked route.
- Victoria Park is five hectares with grass open spaces, plenty of flowers, shrubs, Rhododendron Dell and deciduous trees. The park was opened to the public in 1871 and is named after Queen Victoria. In the middle of the park is a fountain made of fourteen different granites from local quarries that was presented to the citizens of the city by the Granite Polishers and Master Builders of Aberdeen.
- 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
- Clare Island is a mountainous island guarding the entrance to Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Through the Middle Ages, Clare Island was part of the lands of the O’ Malley family. The ruins of an O’Malley tower-house are close to the pier at the eastern edge of the island, known as Granuaile’s Castle because of its most famous resident the pirate queen Gráinne O’Malley. Southwest of Clare Island lies the uninhabited Caher Island and the inhabited Inishturk.
- The Aberlady Bay Nature Reserve is also part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, due to its botanical, ornithological and geomorphologic significance. The Reserve covers an area of 582 hectares (1,439 acres), of which two-thirds falls below the high-tide mark and consists of tidal sand, mud flats and pioneer salt marsh. The aim of the Reserve is to conserve the habitats, flora and fauna found within the area and the resultant landscape character. The only facilities in the reserve are some rather basic toilets by the car park. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Reserve April-July inclusive, and that they must be kept on a lead at all times during the rest of the year.
- Nore Barn Woods is part of Maisemore Gardens in Emsworth. The woods are beautiful all year round and close to the Chichester Harbour. It covers about six acres of woodland and showcases the most stunning displays of bluebells and other wild flowers and birdlife. The northern area of the woods is mostly wet woodland so stick to the southern parts and you’ll enjoy a lovely day out in nature. There is a group of conservationists who keep the woods in good order to allow the public to enjoy them and there is no charge to go into the area. There is a decent amount of parking nearby and access is fairly easy.
- The Birnam Oak is an iconic tree celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The Birnam Oak and its neighbour the Birnam Sycamore are thought to be the sole surviving trees of the great forest that once straddled the banks and hillsides of the River Tay. This forest is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the famous Birnam Wood.
- The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is a national park protecting the Pembrokeshire coast in south west Wales. This beautiful coastal destination was voted second best coastline in the world by the National Geographic magazine in 2011! Established in 1952, it is the only national park in the UK designated purely because of its coastline. Covering an area of 243 square miles, the park has a very varied landscape of sandy beaches, wild and rugged cliffs, wooded estuaries and inland hills. Pembrokeshire National Park also includes several conservation areas and marine reserves, all of national or international significance.
- Duthie Park is 44 acres (180,000 m2) located in Aberdeen by the banks of the River Dee. The park was given to the council in 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Duthie of Ruthrieston, in memory of her uncle and of her brother. The park is noted for the spectacular David Welch winter gardens with tropical and arid houses which contain the second largest collections of bromeliads and of giant cacti respectively in Great Britain (second to the Eden Project in Cornwall, England). Originally opened in 1899, the greenhouses had to be demolished and rebuilt after suffering storm damage in 1969.