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The United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It is the sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a very high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Cliffs to Explore in United Kingdom

Arbroath Cliffs

The Arbroath cliffs are made up of river-lain sandstones and conglomerates (petrified gravel) of two different ages – 410 million years old and 370 million years old. It also offers a beautiful walk through the bay and enjoy the sound and smell of the sea and walk off the chips.

Beachy Head

Beachy Head is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain. At 530 feet high, the majestic cliffs provide magnificent views. The cliff is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 meters (531 ft) above sea level. The peak allows views of the south east coast from Dungeness in the east, to the Isle of Wight in the west.

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain. The cape is separated from the rest of the mainland by the Kyle of Durness inlet and consists of 107 square miles (280 square kilometres) of moorland wilderness known as the Parph. The first road was built in 1828 by the lighthouse commission across the Parph/Durness. This road connects a passenger ferry that crosses the Kyle of Durness with the buildings on the peninsula.

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Castle Sinclair Girnigoe is located about 3 miles north of Wick on the east coast of Caithness, Scotland. It is considered to be one of the earliest seats of Clan Sinclair. It comprises the ruins of two castles: the 15th-century Castle Girnigoe; and the early 17th-century Castle Sinclair. The ruins sits upon a rocky promontory jutting out into Sinclair Bay.

Duncansby Head

Duncansby Head is the most northeasterly part of the British mainland. The point is marked by Duncansby Head Lighthouse, and Duncansby Stacks, prominent sea stacks just off the coast.

Handa Island

Handa Island is an island off the west coast of Sutherland, Scotland. It is 309 hectares (760 acres) and 123 metres (404 ft) at its highest point. The island is of national importance for its birdlife and maritime vegetation. Handa is composed of Torridonian red sandstone and surrounded by cliffs covered with birds, which includes puffins, razorbills and guillemots.


The Holderness Coast is located on the east coast of England. It extends 61km from Flamborough in the north to Spurn Point in the south. Holderness was the name of an ancient administrative area called a wapentake until the 19th century, when its functions were replaced by other local government bodies, particularly after the 1888 Local Government Act. The city of Kingston upon Hull lies in the south-west corner of Holderness and Bridlington borders the north-east but both are usually considered

Inverness Castle

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland. The red sandstone structure, displaying an early castellated style, is the work of a few nineteenth-century architects. There has been a castle on this site for many centuries. Until the 30th of March 2020 it housed Inverness Sheriff Court. In April 2017 the north tower of the castle was opened to the public as a view point. At present, only the castle grounds and the north tower are open to the public.

Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls

The spectacular 55 metres (180 ft) tall sea-cliffs of Kilt Rock are made of dolerite rock strata in many different colours. Kilt Rock boasts a dramatic waterfall- Mealt Falls, created from the outflow of Loch Mealt. Mealt Falls plummets from the top of the cliffs to the rock-laden coast below.

Muck Island

Muck is the smallest of four main islands in the Small Isles, part of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The larger part of the island is formed from olivine-phyric basalt flows erupted during the Palaeocene.

National Trust - Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps

National Trust - Carnewas at Bedruthan Steps is a coastline on the north Cornish coast between Padstow and Newquay, in Cornwall, England. The cliffed coastline is laden with rocks stretching along its beach and is a popular spot for tourists and painters. The most well-known of them is the impressive series of rock stacks on a small sandy beach.

Neist Point

Neist Point is a viewpoint on the most westerly point of Isle of Skye. Neist Point Lighthouse has been located there since 1909. Whales, dolphins, porpoises, and basking shark can be seen from the point.

Old Harry Rocks

A spectacular cliff formation Standing tall on Handfast Point at the southern end of Studland Bay is one of the most famous landmarks on the South Coast – Old Harry. They are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and are managed by the National Trust. One of the iconic location where you can spend some nice time.

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs, on the spectacular Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles. Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs that overlook the North Sea. Bempton Cliffs are one of the country’s top wildlife spectacles. Nearly half a million seabirds swooping, soaring, and screeching around towering chalk cliffs on the spectacular Yorkshire coast.

Seaton Cliffs Nature Reserve

Seaton Cliffs extends over 12ha of unimproved grassland behind red sandstone cliffs. Spectacular cliffs of rich red sandstones and conglomerates make Seaton Cliffs a colourful spot at any time of the year. Over the 350 million years since they were deposited, these rocks have been subjected to the immense forces of the sea. Plants, such as thrift, sea campion and six species of vetch, thrive in these conditions, and over 300 species of invertebrates are attracted to the wildflowers.


Yesnaby is one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in Orkney. It is renowned for its spectacular Old Red Sandstone coastal cliff scenery which includes sea stacks, blowholes, geos and frequently boiling seas. Most visitors to the impressive cliffs at Yesnaby explore the immediate area, and enjoy the stunning views there, but we think there is much to see if you take the less beaten path and walk northwards.

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