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The UK's weirdest and most wonderful destinations
Posted on 01/05/2016

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With haunting WWII sea forts, a mysterious prehistoric stone circle, and a fairy-tale grotto, you don't have to travel far to discover otherworldly places in the British Isles...

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  • The Callanish Stones, Outer Hebrides
    The Callanish Stones, Outer Hebrides

    The Isle of Lewis is famous for the mysterious Callanish prehistoric stone circle, which is said to be over 5,000 years old. There are several different legends surrounding this formation; while some say they were used as an astronomical calendar, others believe the traditional folklore that they are actually petrified giants that would not convert to Christianity. But whatever you believe, the sun setting behind the stones is not a sight to be missed.

  • Giant's Causeway, Antrim
    Giant's Causeway, Antrim

    As the result of an ancient volcanic eruption 60 million years ago, The Giant's Causeway in Antrim features over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. A Unesco World Heritage site today, the black basalt columns have inspired myths and legends - the most famed being that it was built by a giant called Finn McCool as a way to get to Scotland. Belfast is about an hour's drive away.

  • Ladram Bay, Devon
    Ladram Bay, Devon

    The dramatic cliffs on the coastline of Ladram Bay in Devon are a continuous sequence of Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous rock formations that date back approximately 185million years. The impressive sea stacks that rise from the water are an awe-inspiring sight and the red hue of the rock faces looks particularly impressive as the sun sets.

  • Porth Nanven, Cornwall
    Porth Nanven, Cornwall

    Porth Nanven is also known as "Dinosaur Egg Beach" due to its unusual deposit of boulders that range from the size of hen's eggs to three feet or more in length. The collection consists actually of large, smooth boulders that form a stunning scene. The landscape is now so popular that the stones are now legally protected by the National Trust.

  • Redsands Maunsell Forts, Kent
    Redsands Maunsell Forts, Kent

    Located off the coast of Whitstable, the wartime Redsands Maunsell Forts in the Thames Estuary were originally built to protect England against attack from Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Each of the futuristic-looking forts consisted of a central control tower which was linked to six satellites. To see these structures hop on a boat trip from Herne Bay.

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If you think you need to travel to far-flung corners of the earth to see otherworldly landscapes, think again. The UK has a wealth of places that wouldn't be out of place in a sci-fi film, fantasy novel, or alien planet.

These are 10 of the weirdest and most wonderful landscapes that the UK has to offer, and you might find that they're far closer to home than you think.

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