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- Kit Hill is a rugged granite hilltop between Callington and the River Tamar. The hill rises to a height of 334m and has some of the best views in the southeast Cornwall, with sights including the Tamar Valley, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. On the summit, you have the “Summit Stack” built in 1858 for the mining complex and served a steam engine that pumped water and lifted ore from the deep mine workings. The Kit Hill Country Park consists of some 400 acres (152 hectares), where Kit Hill is the highest point in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
- Bealach na Ba is a pass through the mountains on the Scottish Highlands’ Applecross peninsula. It is a twisting, single-track mountain road, and is the third highest road in the United Kingdom. The road famously rises from sea level to 626 metres at Bealach na Ba or ‘cattle pass’, with steep gradients and hairpin turns much like in the Alps. You can walk from the pass up a further hill along a path to the TV tower and enjoy the spectacular views.
- Cairn na Burgh Beag is the smaller of the two “Carnburgs” at the northeastern end of the Treshnish Isles, with the other being Cairn na Burgh Mòr. Cairnburgh Castle, which guards the entrance to Loch Tuath on the west coast of Mull is primarily located on the larger of the pair. However, an unusual feature of the castle its that its defences straddle both islands, Cairn na Burgh Beag having a small guard-house and a well. These grassy islands are both remnants of ancient lava flows and have a distinctive profile: flat-topped and trimmed with cliffs.
- Arduaine is a twenty acre coastal garden situated on the southern slope of a promontory beside the Sound of Jura. The garden was begun on a bare promontory in 1898 by James Arthur Campbell and continued by two succeeding generations of his family. Today it is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.
- Brownsea Island offers a varied and beautiful landscape for enjoying the wonders of nature; from the patchworks of woodland, heath and grassy fields in the peaceful and secluded interior, to the cliffs and beaches of the coastline, which offer breathtaking views across the harbour to the Purbeck Hills. No motor vehicles exist on Brownsea Island making it the perfect place to relax. For the more energetic it is possible to explore the island on foot or you can just find a remote spot an enjoy a nice picnic.
- Gylen Castle is a ruined castle, or tower house, on a rocky ridge at the south end of the island of Kerrera. The castle was built in 1582 by the Clan MacDougall. The castle was only occupied for a relatively short time as it was besieged then burned by the Covenanters under General Leslie in 1647 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
- 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.
- Rhossili is the ideal location from which to walk along the south Gower coast. Discover the Gowers rare wildlife, archaeology, cliffs and beaches. Rhossili Bay stretches for three miles, behind it Rhossili Down allows you to appreciate the spectacular views. Gower was the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1956.
- Constitution Hill was a an early theme park built Victorians. It consisted of arcades and a restaurant at the foot of the hill, the railway, and at the top of the hill a camera obscura and park, of which it is the largest camera obscura in the world. Aberystwyth Cliff Railway takes you from the promenade up to the top of Constitution Hill. The funicular railway opened in 1896 and is 237m (778 feet) long. You can always take the meandering footpath as an alternative route to the railway.