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If there’s one thing that we’re not shy of celebrating here at Sykes Cottages, it’s the beautiful landscape that surrounds many of our cottages. Both here in Britain and over the water in Ireland, visitors and inhabitants of these isles are spoilt for choice when it comes to landscapes and geological wonders to look at. Today on the Sykes blog, inspired by Buzzfeed‘s recent post of surreal places around the world, we thought that we’d take a look at some of our favourite places around the UK and Ireland that have an air of the surreal. Cameras at the ready, because a visit to any of these beauties might make you snap happy!

The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Fairy Pool

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If you’re after the ‘awe-factor’ then The Fairy Pools in The Isle of Skye are just the place! Accessible via hiking trails in the Cuillin Mountain that are easy to negotiate for even the most unskilled of walkers means that The Fairy Pools can be visited and enjoyed by everyone. The crystal clear water from the waterfall that cascades into the pools reacts with the different textures and colours to create beautiful reflections in the water, earning their name of ‘The Fairy Pools’. The brave amongst you might be interested to know that these pools are completely safe to swim in, but expect the water to be very cold even in the height of Summer!

Take a visit to The Fairy Pools and stay in a lovely holiday cottage in The Isle of Skye.

Cadair Idris, North West Wales

Cadair Idris

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A popular spot for walkers and hikers in Wales is Cadair Idris; a mountain in Gwynedd, North West Wales. In Welsh mythology, the name is believed to be a translation of ‘the chair of Idris’, with Idris being a giant said to be using the mountain as an armchair to gaze at the stars. The bowl shape of the mountain was formed by a glacier during the last ice age and over thousands of years, ice has carved the chair shape by flowing through the bowls opening to create Idris’ chair.

We have some beautiful cottages in Mid Wales if you’re planning on taking a trip to the Chair of Idris.

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Cheddar Gorge

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At three miles long and nearly 400 feet deep comes Cheddar Gorge, arguably one of England’s most iconic landscapes. Not only is Cheddar Gorge spectacular to look at, but it can also provide a day filled with fun for families or couples alike. Those who like to ramble will enjoy a cliff top walk along the top of the Gorge, which provides walkers with a fantastic view. If it’s a day of family fun and adventure you’re after then a trip to one of the Gorge’s caves or museums is definitely worth a visit. One of the best ways to see all the beauty that the Gorge has to offer is by taking an open top bus tour around the landscape of the gorge with the added bonus of hearing plenty of interesting facts from a tour guide.

Head back to a wonderful Somerset holiday cottage after your trip to the Gorge!

The Burren, County Clare

Landscape The Burren County Clare, Stone walls

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Another surreal and naturally created landscape is that of The Burren in County Clare. The landscape here has been formed over millions of years by varying geological factors, which has created this beautiful almost pavement-like effect on the limestone rocks surface. Looking from far away you would be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing but rocks here, however take a closer look and you can see the vast amount of foliage that grows between the rock cracks.

Visit the Burren and stay in one of Sykes Cottages lovely properties in County Clare.

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