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- 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 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.
- Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 m (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park and designated as a national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna. We have listed the address as Llanberis because this is where thenarrow gauge Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR)starts from and travels for 7.6 km (4.75 miles) from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon.
- Abereiddy to Abermawr is a wild stretch of coastline from blue lagoon to beach, via the fishing village of Porthgain and some former quarry workings. Great for outdoor adventurers, a mecca for divers and coasteerers. Steep cliffs, pocket beaches and stunning views from the coastal path.
- 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.
- Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland, including the famous John o’ Groats and marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, built by David Alan Stevenson in 1924. The headland juts into the North Sea, with the Pentland Firth to its north and west and the Moray Firth to its south. The Duncansby Head Site of Special Scientific Interest includes the 6.5 km stretch of coast south to Skirza Head, and the Duncansby Stacks just off the coast. A minor public road leads from John o’ Groats to Duncansby Head, which makes Duncansby Head the farthest point by road from Land’s End.
- The Churchill Barriers are a series of four causeways in the Orkney Islands with a total length of 1.5 miles (2.3 km). They link the Orkney Mainland in the north to the island of South Ronaldsay via Burray and the two smaller islands of Lamb Holm and Glimps Holm. The barriers were built in the 1940s primarily as naval defences to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow but now serve as road links between Kirkwall to Burwick.
- The Tor dominates the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. At the summit of this very steep hill an excavation has revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.
- Glen Lyn Gorge is situated in Lynmouth, is part of Exmoor National Park within a designated sight of special scientific interest. It is the site of the “Power of Water Exhibition” a visitor attraction where people can learn about renewable energy in a stunning natural setting. Learn about the devasting floods that ravaged the town in 1952