Although travelling abroad is at the top of most people’s summer wish lists, the UK is home to some truly spectacular sites.
Loch Ness might be the most famous Loch in Scotland, however Loch Awe is a spectacular and somewhat hidden gem. Measuring almost 15½ sq miles, it is Scotland’s third-largest freshwater loch, and provides visitors with a stunning vision of rural escapism.
Not one for those afraid of enclosed spaces or the dark, the 300,000 million year old rock hides a large space that is home to a 350 ft-high waterfall and a 42 mile cave. Located in the Yorkshire Dales, the cave is the result of years of water running through from the close-by Fell Beck.
Situated in County Antrim in the northernmost part of Ireland, lies Giant’s Causeway. Made up of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, it gets its name from legends stating that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. However the World Heritage Site is actually the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
The only cape in England, Cape Cornwall boasts some of the most breath-taking views in the whole country. The headland where the English Channel and St Georges Channel meet, the surrounding Cornish countryside and the unpredictable waves hitting the rocks below are a symbol of Cornwall.
The Dark Hedges
Featured in the second season on Game of Thrones, this natural wonder in Northern Ireland was planted in the 18th century by the Strait family. Thetwisted branches on either side of the road have become loosely intertwined in the middle, creating a picturesque tunnel that lets light flow through, creating a truly romantic atmosphere.
Almost deserted thanks to poor access routes for cars, Horsey Beach featuresunspoilt rolling dunes of beautiful sand. Located in Norfolk, this exposed beach is one of the best beaches in the UK.
Calf of Man
Awash with rich wildlife that extends into the sea, the 618-acre open space is off the south-west tip of the Isle of Man. Attracting around 33 species of birds every year, as well as seals, basking sharks and dolphins, Calf of Man is a stunning, calming paradise.
No secret to book lovers, PistyllRhaeadr’s remarkable waterfall was featured in Author George Borrow’sbook, Wild Wales. And at 73 metres tall, the waterfall is one of the seven wonders of Wales. Situated near Llanrhaeadr, in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains, the waterfall is an impressive natural marvel that never fails to leave visitors in wonder.