Get in Touch with Nature – Five Natural Destinations
For most people, traveling is all about seeing things that take your breath away, whether they are man-made, like the Empire State Building in New York, or a completely natural occurrence, such as the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
There are many great things to see in this world; so many amazing, natural sights that it is almost not worth your time to bother visiting any of the man-made ones.
If you’re into your nature and are looking for some destination inspiration, we’ve made a list from a random selection of some of the top sights.
In the UK – The Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Named after the Scottish giant, Benandonner, the legend of the Causeway says that it was created as he fled from the Irish warrior, Fionn mac Cumhaill. In reality, the Causeway is made up of roughly 40,000 interlocking columns, made from basalt created when a flow of lava met the sea.
Although that’s not quite as exciting, the Giant’s Causeway is still a remarkably beautiful sight, and remains Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, and is well worth a visit.
Abroad – Victoria Falls, on the Border of Zambia and Zimbabwe
Named after Queen Victoria by David Livingstone, the first European to see the now famous waterfall, Victoria Falls is also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning “the Smoke that Thunders”. You’ll see why when you get there, especially if you come in April, its most active month.
The largest waterfall in the world, it creates both a deafening roar and massive clouds of water vapour, coming together to form one truly spectacular sight.
In the UK – Ness Botanical Gardens, Merseyside, England
If exotic plants and flowers are more your cup of tea, then Ness Gardens is the place for you! With more than ten thousand different varieties of plant, you’re guaranteed to see many that you’ve never even heard of!
Enjoy a picnic with the family overlooking the majestic Dee estuary, but make sure you don’t miss the wildflower meadow! For more information, including the monthly plants of interest, click here.
Abroad – Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock – is perhaps the most iconic and recognisable of all Australia’s landmarks. Believed to be more than 500 million years old, it has a special mystical importance to the local Aborigine Aṉangu people, and is a home to various waterholes, ancient paintings and rock caves.
Due to its spiritual significance, climbing Uluru is not encouraged, but it is a beautiful thing to behold nevertheless, especially at sunset when it appears to glow a vivid red.
In the UK – Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales
Snowdonia was Wales’ first National Park, having been designated so in 1951, and covers more than 800 square miles of land. Obviously, it is home to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, which was used by Sir Edmund Hillary to train for his ascent of Mount Everest.
Known as Eryri in Welsh, there are a number of things to see and do, including beaches, forests, lakes and even a handful of steam railways! It’s also the perfect place for bird watching – ornithologists and enthusiasts alike will love the whooper swans, merlin and rare grebe!