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One of Britain’s most popular seaside destinations, Brighton is a colourful and exciting city to visit. Brighton has fantastic beaches for you to enjoy and is home to Brighton Pier which has a traditional British seaside fair with whirling fairground rides and bright pink candy floss.
A fascinating place to visit in Brighton is the Royal Pavilion which is one of the most exotic buildings in Britain. The Pavilion has an excellent collection of furniture and art specially selected from Her Majesty the Queen’s own collection.
With its seven mile strip of soft gold sand, Bournemouth is a brilliant city for a seaside holiday. There are lots of beach activities on offer to visitors and one great water sport to try is surfing. The Bournemouth Surf School offers courses to suit all levels of experience so everyone will want to try and ride some waves. The beach also has its own pier which offers the exhilarating opportunity to ride a zip line over the sea from the pier to the shore.
The Shetland Islands striking landscape and extraordinary wildlife make them a great place for a country break. One of the best ways to explore the Shetlands wildlife is to visit the Hermaness Nature Reserve. Best accessed via a four-mile walk, the headland has many cliffs where a wide selection of birds can be seen including gannets and puffins.
If you want to unearth the history of the islands then you should visit the Shetland Museum which has fantastic collection that spans over 5,000 years. The museum also has a unique gift shop which is a great place for you to pick up a locally crafted souvenir.
Famous for its ever elusive monster, Loch Ness is a tranquil and picturesque destination for a countryside break. If you are keen to try and catch a glimpse of the monster yourself the best place to start is the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. The centre has a fascinating collection of original equipment that has been used to search for the monster including miniature submarines.
If you want to explore some of Scotland’s more ancient history then head to Urquhart castle which offers outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.