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- Carsaig Arches are natural arch cliff formations the result of the erosion of oolitic rock beds on the Ross of Mull in the south of the island of Mull. Whilst you are walking look out for goats, eagles and, in spring, nesting kittiwakes and fulmars. This is a good but hard walk from Carsaig Bay and involves about 6 km (each way) of walking. Most of the way you will follow a nice path below the cliffs that then takes you over some steep and rocky slopes. The route from the first arch to the second arch is along a goat track with vertical drops and so most people just settle with the first.
- Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland at 1,038 metres (3,406 feet) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. The mountain has a number of climbing routes and no special equipment is needed for the climb, but as always caution is advised.
- The Blue Pool changes colour from shades of green to turquoise. The deep clay bowls is located within 25 acres of woodland, heath and gorse with marked walks throughout and children play areas and tea house and museum. The red route is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) the Blue Pool is a former clay pit dug in the 1840’s. The colour change is a mystery but the colour you see is related to the conditions. Dogs allowed on leads.
- Port Hellick Beach sits in a sheltered tidal inlet on St Mary’s south coast and the beach at low tide offers a wide expanse of sand and rocks. This is not really a location for sitting on the beach but offers a great natural landscape. A shingle bar provides a freshwater pool (Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool) behind the beach that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the ″wide diversity of habitats with several rare and notable plant species″and making this an important stop-off for migrating and wintering birds. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet was temporarily buried on the beach after he was washed up here when his ship struck the rocks on 22nd October 1707, with the loss of her entire crew of about 800 men. Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s body, along with the bodies of his two stepsons and that of Captain Edmund Loades, were washed up on Porth Hellick Cove the following day. The body was subsequently exhumed by order of Queen Anne and finally laid to rest in Westminster Abbey on 22nd December 1707. A small memorial marker marks the site where he was washed ashore. The beach has no facilities.
- Devil’s Bridge has a Nature trail that can take in the Rheidol Gorge. The 90 m (300 ft) Devil’s Bridge Falls drops in five sections down the steep and narrow ravine, with a set of stone steps, known as Jacob’s Ladder, leading down to the lowest bridge at the waterfall. The bridge is very unusual in that it is actually 3 bridges, built one on top of the other. You have the iron bridge (1901), which was built over a stone bridge (1753), which was built when the original bridge(built 1075–1200) was thought to be unstable. Visit Robbers Cave, an old hideout place next to the waterfall.
- 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.
- The Sidlesham Ferry Nature Trail is via a level path from the Visitor Centre car park. The trail passes Ferry Pool Hide which is approached by a hard path and has an adapted viewing place. Beyond the hide, paths remain flat and wide, and wheelchair users can follow the trail around the Harbour’s edge before returning to the Visitor Centre. The accessible trail takes around 30 minutes to complete at a relaxed pace. The route is waymarked and a leaflet provides extra information. There are several benches offering resting points with views across the Harbour. O.S. Landranger 197, O.S. Explorer 120, a map of the Nature Reserve and Sidlesham Ferry self-guided trail map are on sale in the Visitor Centre at Sidlesham.