Between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, there are several natural attractions that are guaranteed to leave you impressed, reinforcing the beauty and power mother nature can create. When exploring Britain, there are usually a few famous man-made landmarks on top of your ‘must see’ list, but I recommend adding a few of Britain’s best natural attractions in order to get the best of both worlds!
Stonehenge – England
In Wiltshire lies a strange and world famous prehistoric monument, that consists of a ring of standing stones – the Stonehenge. Each 4.1 metres tall, 2.1 metres wide and weighing 25 tonnes! It is believed by archaeologists to have been constructed between 3000 to 2000 BC.
The area and Avebury together form part of a World Heritage Site with a significance of prehistoric monuments as well as nearby Bronze Age burial mounds.
Cliffs of Moher – Ireland
This is one of the most famous sights in Ireland due to its amazing rugged 700ft limestone cliffs and majestic views of the Burren National Park on Galway Bay. Forming part of the edge of Western Europe, the Cliffs of Moher are home to an estimated 30,000 seabirds including Atlantic puffins and razorbills.
The cliffs have been used numerous times in film and media such as ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987) and “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009).
Great Orme – Wales
The Great Orme is the mini-mountain of Llandudno, a massive limestone headland embracing its Viking name meaning ‘sea monster’. From habitats of sea cliffs, grasslands and woodland, the Great Orme is rich in plants and wildlife, especially Kashmir goats.
It’s here where you’ll also find the Great Orme Bronze Age Mines, which are a series of prehistoric copper mines dating back to the Bronze Age about 4,000 years ago.
Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
Consisting of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland was formed from a volcanic eruption in ancient times. Majority of the basalt columns are hexagonal and they form stepping stones leading from the cliff foot and disappearing out under the sea.
Take a step back through time on the rugged symmetry of columns that have stood their ground for the past millions of years.
The Fairy Pools at the Isles of Skye – Scotland
In the Isles of Skye in Scotland lies the Fairy Pools which are a natural phenomenon of cascading waterfalls that filter through naturally carved rock. The pools have turquoise waters and are a popular place for taking a swim, though wetsuits are recommended to be worn when doing so because it gets a little chilly.
Ogwen Valley – Wales
Ogwen Valley lies in the area of Snowdonia which refers to a mountainous region located in north Wales. It is a truly magnificent natural, geological beauty, with water that reflects everso clearly. The valley is a popular destination for hiking, boasting a 1.5 miles return walk, with a 200 ft ascent up Snowdon.
Ring of Kerry – Ireland
A scenic drive through south-western Ireland known as the Ring of Kerry goes through many popular points across its 179 km long circular route.
You’ll pass through 10,000 years of dramatic history in Kerry, catching glimpses of castles, Skellig Michael – an old Irish monastery, the Stone Forts of Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, Innisfallen Island and Derrynane Beach.
When planning to visit Britain, do your research and look for a Europe tour that includes visits to some of these natural attractions. You’ll soon realise that it is precious destinations forming part of the culture and history of the area that will provide the most richest travel experiences of all!
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