Explore your very own ‘Giant Country’ in Britain

Jun 17, 2016

See the world's largest horses in Scotland

Inspired by the contribution horses have made to Britain's industrial heritage, and the shape-shifting creature of Scottish mythology, the giant steel sculptures named ‘The Kelpies' stand as towering gateways to the Helix, the Forth & Clyde canal, and Scotland itself. See the 30metre high equine sculptures as part of a tour, and learn about the complex engineering involved creating the figures, as well as the local history, and the story of working horses.

Getting there: The Kelpies are about an hour by car from Edinburgh

www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies

Gaze up to the castle in the clouds, Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle sits atop the capital city's own sleeping giant, the 700 million-year-old extinct volcano called Castle Rock. Dominating the skyline, the castle has a rich history and is open for exploration to the public. The castle has been called home by many kings and queens, including Queen Margaret and Mary Queen of Scots, and in its long history has bared witness to many sieges, battles and changes in allegiance between the Scottish and English. On your visit, see the gigantic expanse of towers and castle walls, the crown jewels, the ‘Stone of Destiny', the crown room and the Great Hall.

Getting there: Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city, and has its own international airport.
www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

England

Big Ben

One of England's most iconic landmarks is London's clock tower, affectionately nicknamed ‘Big Ben' which forms part of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Officially named the Elizabeth Tower, the clock tower is the second largest in the world, and the largest in Europe.

Getting there: the nearest London Underground station to Big Ben is Westminster

www.visitlondon.com

Venture across England's largest lake, Lake Windermere

Located in one of England's National Parks, Lake Windermere can be found in Cumbria's Lake District in the north west of England. The beautiful landscape's jewel is the almost 11-mile (18.08km) long ribbon lake, which surrounds 18 small islands. Cumbria and the Lake District boast dramatic skylines filled with mountains and continuous views of England's green landscape.

Getting there: Lake Windermere can be found in the Lake District in north-west England. The nearest station is Oxenholme, 90 minutes by train from Manchester.

www.golakes.co.uk

Wales

See the highest mountain in Snowdonia

See the giant Mount Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles outside of the Scottish Highlands. Visit the national nature reserve and feel microscopic against the national park's breath taking skyline. While there enjoy the scenery, take a boat trip, see an ancient cottage or even ride of the railway.

Getting there: Snowdonia National Park is in north Wales, just under a three-hour journey from Cardiff.

www.visitwales.com/explore/north-wales/snowdonia-mountains-coast/must-do-list

Be entertained in a huge theatre

The iconic Wales Millennium Centre is clad with a bronze-coloured dome and covers a 4.7 acre site with a total of eight arts organisations in residence. This huge site has one large theatre where opera, ballet, performance, dance and musicals can be enjoyed, as well as two smaller halls filled with shops bars and restaurants.

Getting there: The Wales Millennium Centre is a five-minute walk from Cardiff Bay Station, in the Welsh capital.

www.wmc.org.uk

Northern Ireland

See the causeway built by giants in Northern Ireland

The world heritage site has been voted one of the greatest natural wonders of the United Kingdom, and is a perfect location to immerse yourself in giant myths and legend. One of the stories goes that Northern Ireland's iconic causeway was built by the Irish giant Fionn man Curnhaill when challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonne. The hexagonal basalt columns are the result of an ancient volcanic eruption and is one of Northern Ireland's most popular attractions. 

Getting there: the Giant's Causeway is on the north coast of Northern Ireland, and is just over an hour's journey from Belfast.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/giants-causeway