8 things in the UK my eyes want to see

Fingal’s Cave

The stunning hexagonal-shaped columns in the cave of Staffa looke carved, like a cathedral, yet they are naturally formed basalt rock created from cooling lava. I’m a sucker for rock formations and I would love to see the scale of the cave in real life.  Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, can only be reached by boat and is uninhabited- perfect.

Giant’s Causeway

Formed in the same way as Fingal’s Cave, and by the same lava flow, The Giant’s Causeway is located on the coast of Northern Ireland. Legend has it that both the Giant’s Causeway and Fingal’s Cave are the end sections of a bridge built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (a.k.a. Finn McCool) to Scotland, so he could reach and fight Benandonner, his gigantic Scottish rival.

White-tailed sea eagles on Mull

 
 
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I would love to see a white-tailed sea eagle and the Isle of Mull off the coast of Scotland provides the best opportunity to see one. This majestic bird is the largest bird of prey in the UK and became extinct in the early 1900’s. Thanks to several reintroduction programmes between 1985 and 2012, the bird has a stronghold in Scotland. This fab site has lots of info on the beautiful eagle

 

The Isle of Mull is known for its diversity of wildlife and I still haven’t been. I’m trying to persuade Dave that we should go to Mull this spring, but he wants to visit the Cairngorms as he hasn’t been and we went toured the West Coast of Scotland a couple of years ago.

Whales in the Hebrides 

 
 
 
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Did you know that we get Killer Whales in our UK seas? How cool is that?! And I want to see them. And dolphins. And other whales. They can be seen around the Hebridean Islands and, conveniently, boat tours operate from the Island of Mull to Fingal’s Cave with whale watching on the way, meaning I could tick three sights off my list in one day!

The bird migration on the Norfolk coast

 
 
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Every Autumn, especially in the month of October, thousands of birds arrive from Scandinavia via the shores of Norfolk while others pass by on their way to warmer climates, leaving the UK behind. Hundreds of species pass Norfolk on their travels including different species of thrush, owl, warbler, shearwater, skua, and goose. Holme Bird Observatory, The Wash and the RSPB Titchwel reserve are ideal places to observe flocks of birds build up their fat reserves for their long journey ahead.  For any birdwatcher the migration spectacle is a must, and one I haven’t seen.

Thatched house villages in Cotswold

 
 
 

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My eyes have witnessed the postcard-perfect thatched cottages of the Cotswolds, fronted with flowering Wisteria set against perfect clear skies, only on Television programmes such as Location Location Location and Escape to the Country. I dream of walking down their quaint village streets and chatting to locals over their stone walls. My normal UK destinations of choice are ‘up North’ so venturing south for a week would feel like a foreign holiday in the sun.

Stars and planets at Kielder Observatory

 
 
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Set in the darkest skies in England, the Kielder Observatory hosts night events to spectate the wonders of our universe through inspiring lectures and star-gazing workshops. Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is the largest Dark Sky Park area of protected night sky in Europe, so what better place to go than here? We plan to spend a weekend camping in the Northumberland Nation Park and spend the Saturday night at one of the observatory events. Looking at their website, the events book up very quickly, with some events sold out for the rest of the year!

The Aurora Borealis 

 

 

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The Northern Lights have been witnessed right here in Yorkshire, but not by my eyes. Like something out of a dream, this phenomenon is more likely to be witnessed the further North you are. The Kielder Observatory has specific Aurora Borealis events throughout the year but there is no guarantee they will be visible on the night. I follow @aurorawatchuk on Twitter who posts alerts when visibility is likely. 

What would your eyes like to see?

 

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.