From murky caves to craggy coastlines, UK bristles with dynamic geological structures. This tiny island conjures up dramatic wonders, offering spectacular tourist attractions.
If you’ve always been fascinated by folklore and the mysterious workings of nature, wait till you visit these places. You will be impressed by the strangeness of its enigmatic beauty.
Here’s a list of 10 extraordinary places that will leave you thunderstruck.
The Giant’s Causeway, Antrim
“When the world was moulded and fashioned out of formless chaos, this must have been the bit over - a remnant of chaos.” – Thackeray
You will agree with Thackeray once you set your eyes on this intriguing rock formation. Made of some 40,000 tightly packed black basalt columns sticking out of the sea, these polygonal pillars are strangely regular in shape as if formed by a giant. Legend has it that this UNESCO World Heritage Site was formed by Irish giant, Finn McCool, who wanted to cross the Irish Sea to fight his Scottish rival, Benandonner.
The White Cliffs of Dover
Nothing short of a wonder, this iconic place is not only nature’s spectacular display, but is also of importance in the national history. The sediment of billions of crushed shells of tiny sea creatures make the cliff stark white. Enjoy a walk closer to nature and get a glimpse of the English Channel. Stop by the South Foreland Lighthouse and embrace nature’s beauty.
Tresco Abbey Gardens, The Isles of Scilly
Home to over 20,000 exotic species, this horticultural paradise is a glorious exhibition of tropical plants and flowers that will not survive anywhere else in the British Isles. This radiant wonderland with its natural treasures reflects a kaleidoscopic jungle. This is definitely a magical retreat replete with stunning sculptures and lush canopies.
One of the best known pre-historic monuments of the world, it’s extremely inspiring and mysterious. There are no written records as to why it was built but some think it was used as a giant astronomical observatory. The colours of bluestone and sarsen stones in different hues are captivating. You will walk away mesmerized by splendour.
Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands
It’s deep, dark and bitterly cold water reminds me of the movie ‘Placid Lake’. Famed for the elusive Loch Ness monster, Nessie, it is one of Scotland’s greatest treasures. Besides being tranquil and picturesque, you would not want to miss a chance to visit this place if you’re keen to spot a monster and then boast about it.
The Needles, the Isle of Wright
These iconic jagged chalk rocks, jutting from the western coast of the Isle of Wright are a photographer’s delight in every way. This row of three distinct chalk stacks etches an unforgettable image in one’s mind. What makes it more stunning is the contrast between the gleaming bleached rock, blue foaming water and the vast expanse of sky above.
Smoo Cave, Scottish Highlands
So surreal and incredible, it seems as if a beautiful painting has come to life. Once inside the cave, you’ll be welcomed by a splendid waterfall. Dotted with different coloured pebbles, a walk inside the cave is a must if you wish to be transported to a magical world.
Minack Theatre, Cornwall
Flanked by glorious gardens, this world famous open-air theatre is truly a Cornwall gem.
The brilliant architecture makes it an excellent spot not just for theatre lovers but for anyone waiting to be amazed. Immerse yourself in a rich literary and historical experience.
Durdle Door, Dorset
This rock arch in the sea offers a spectacular ‘walk in time’. Cited as one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic coast, the Durdle Door has every reason to incite one’s curiosity.
Fingal’s Cave, Staffa, The Inner Hebrides
Famously known as the ‘Cave of Melody’, Fingal’s Cave has been a source of inspiration to artists and writers over hundreds of years. It’s filled with strange echoes caused by the fierce sloshing of water around the cave. This sea cave is awe inspiring and will take your breath away.
With summers round the corner, you need to do more than just think about vacations. You need to set out to soak in some wonderful experience.