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Walking & Cycling Guide

recommended places to go for a walk or ride your bike


Balmoral Castle

Ballater

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the Scottish home of the British Royal Family since Queen Victoria's time and displaying major Scottish works of art, surrounded by extensive gardens

Brodick Castle

Isle of Arran

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Enjoy a new, interactive visitor experience in the castle, including a Victorian arcade and extensive gardens and woodland

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stately home, architectural masterpiece, housing an outstanding art collection and stunning interiors, set in 1000 acres of parkland and featured in Brideshead Revisited and Victoria

Glamis Castle

Glamis

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childhood home of the Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' with sumptuous furnishings and extensive grounds

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situated outdoors on the banks of the Seine, this unremarkable collection was founded in 1980 and is devoted to modern sculpture, mainly of the period since World War II

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covering 25 acres with a long, rectangular ornamental pool, bordered by stone and bronze-gilt statues with the Eiffel Tower close by.

Land's End

Sennen

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stunning scenery and natural beauty at Cornwall's most westerly point with cliff top walks, the First & Last House, famous signpost and West Country Shopping Village

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200 acres of world-renowned 19th century gardens, now restored after decades of neglect, offering secret corners and stunning displays with a productive Victorian garden, sub-tropical jungle and romantic pleasure grounds

Mont St-Michel

Pontorson

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there is much to see here including the architecturally stunning Abbey, the famous cloisters with double row of delicately carved pillars, the 13th century dining hall and one of the oldest rooms, the underground Lady Chapel

Abbey House Gardens

Market Cross

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hailed as a quintesssentially, English garden, this 'Great Garden of the World' boasts over 2000 different roses and over 1/4 million tulips, all set beside the 12th Century Abbey Church in the centre of Malmesbury

Eden Project

Bodelva

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explore your relationship with nature at this global garden where visitors learn about plants and nature. Trek through a steamy rainforest, take a colourful sensory journey through lemon trees and olive groves with hands on exhibits and regular events

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magnificent coastal scenery and wildlife, archaeology, geology in the Special Area of Conservation along the Heritage Coast

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with nature and archeological trails, fishing, sailing and children's adventure playground, there is plenty here to keep the family occupied

Loch Lomond Shores

Alexandria

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a major tourist development with various family friendly visitor attractions, outdoor activities and boat trips

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overlooking the bitterly contested Omaha Beach, the endless rows of crosses and Stars of David seem to be endless. There is a very good Visitor Centre, this is one of the largest American war cemeteries in Europe

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some of the most creatively inspiring and innovative gardens to visit in the UK. Each garden has its own distinctive character dotted with beautiful structures and unique sculptures and including a wildflower meadow and kitchen garden

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with up to the minute information about the weather forecasts and specific advice on climbing Ben Nevis and guides for local walks

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miles of trails waiting to be discovered in this mixed woodland, popular with dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders with stunning viewpoints, picnic and BBQ areas

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with displays showing the development from a Norman fortification to an Elizabethan country house, a working tidal mill and family picnic areas

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with imposing, round, entrance towers filled with treasures including, a medieval dining room, a vast library and a grand salon filled with Sévres porcelain, Gobelins tapestries and an astronomical clock. Musée de Poupées also sited here.

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