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- Brodick Castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton although a fortress has been on the site since at least the fifth century on account of its strategic position on the Firth of Clyde. The castle is open to the public during the summer, with Brodick Country Park open all year round, from the gardens you can enjoy spectacular views over Brodick Bay to the Ayrshire coast. The country park has over 10 miles of waymarked trails and abundant wildlife, and well-behaved dogs are welcome on leads in the gardens and country park, except the walled garden.
- St Agnes Head is on Cornwall’s north Atlantic Ocean coast and part of the St Agnes Heritage Coast that stretches from Godrevy Head in the south to St Agnes Head. At their height about 100 mines employed 1000 miners across this dramatic coastal landscape. Mining came to an end in the 1920s and many of these mines are still on view for tourists today. For more information visit the St Agnes Head National Trust website
- Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate features a 19th century mansion, set in 400 acres of parkland. Discover everyday objects from centuries past, including Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen and laundry equipment, model trains, dolls, toys and period costume in the museum. You can also explore the parkland, children’s adventure playground, woodlands, as well as enjoying the cafe. The folly castle, as featured in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, is opened by volunteers on some summer Sundays. Just look out for the flag flying on top of the castle and enjoy panoramic views of the area from the castle roof. The magnificent Picture Room at Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate is hung with paintings from the museum’s collections and is licensed for civil ceremonies.
- Cave Hill Country Park offers some nice panoramic views across Belfast and waymarked walking trails suitable for casual walkers or more serious ramblers. The country park includes Cave Hill Adventurous Playground, archaeological sites, Cave Hill Visitor Centre, an eco-trail, gardens, orienteering routes, and refreshments in Belfast Castle. Its most famous feature, known as ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ is a basaltic outcrop which resembles the profile of the famous emperor Napoleon. The park is named after caves located on the side of the cliffs, and there are three large man-made caves thought to have been originally excavated for iron-mining. Adjacent to the lowest cave is ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl’, also sometimes called ‘The Devil’s Cauldron’, a site where ancient Celtic farmers corralled their cattle. This consists mainly of a steep hill, mainly of rocks and boulders, and is considered dangerous to amateurs. McArt’s Fort on the summit of the hill is an example of an old ráth or ring fort protected on one side by a precipice and on the others by a single ditch, 10 feet (3.0 m) in depth and 25 feet (7.6 m) in width. The enclosed area is nearly level. It is believed that the fort’s inhabitants used the caves to store white foods for the winter and may have served as a refuge during times of attack.
- Cape Wrath is the most North-Westerly point on the British mainland. Durness is the closest village some 10 miles (16km) to the south-east The sea cliffs around the cape rise to 281 metres (922 ft) above sea level and include the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland to the east of the headland. The headland also has many spectacular sea stacks. A large part of the cape is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is used as a military training area, including as live firing range. Areas of it are also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Landscape Area.
- Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve runs for about three miles from Skegness to The Wash and covers around 430 hectares of sea shore, an extensive complex of sand dunes, marshes and freshwater habitats. It is a totally unspoilt stretch of coastline important for its international scientific interest and managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust The public is welcome here and there are pathways that lead you easily through the different habitats and keep the intrusion on nature to a minimum. An observation platform for the public to view the Mere and the lagoon is at Mill Hill and gives you a wide panoramic view of the area. Designated as a site of international wetland importance, the reserve is an area of geomorphological importance. There’s a great visitors centre where you can explore the habitats through the multi media and interactive displays. We’ve heard The Point Cafe is good too with scrumptious food being served while you kick back and soak up Mother Nature at her best. The reserve staff offer guided walks, children’s activities, day and residential training courses. The reserve is open from 10am to 4pm daily but may close early in bad weather conditions. Admission is free but car parking charges apply and they ask that groups book in advance.
- Bryngarw Country Park is in Bridgend in Wales and is a huge park hosting events and nature walks for the family as well as family fun days and exhibitions. Here you’ll find formal gardens, woodlands, beautiful glades and many exotic trees all in a river setting by the River Garw. There’s a great play area for the kids and a number of picnic and BBQ sites to enjoy with full facilities. This park has won the Green Flag Award. Facilities:Parking Toilets BBQ Picnic Playground Visitor Centre Cafe
- 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.
- 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.