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Bermuda capital of the picturesque Shetland Islands is an unspoilt gem where you’ll find a variety of wildlife in the wilderness, including seabirds, otters, porpoises, Minke Whales, dolphins, seals and, of course, world-famous Shetland ponies. Elsewhere, make sure you visit the archaeological site at Jarlshof; Clickimin Broch, which dates back to the Iron Age; and the ancient castle ruins at Scalloway. Cruising by Farne Islands Scattered a couple of miles off the Northumberland coast, the Farne Islands boast unparalleled views of 23 species of seabird, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and swooping Arctic Terns, as well as a large grey seal colony. It’s no wonder that the islands became one of the first designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest in 1951. Plus, they’ve been declared as a favourite place in the UK to see nature at its best by none other than Sir David Attenborough. Southwold, England Southwold showcases an array of picturepostcard sights, from the pebble-walled cottages to its sandy beach, speckled with a kaleidoscopic row of bathing huts. Within easy reach are Dunwich Heath, Walberswick and RSPB Minsmere; all three sites, along with Southwold, feature in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty. The 9.69 square-kilometre nature reserve at Minsmere, as seen on Springwatch, is renowned for being one of the UK’s best birdwatching hotspots. Portsmouth, England This often overlooked city boasts an extensive naval and wartime history that’s no more evident than in the D-Day Museum and the Historic Dockyard. The vibrant waterfront area – featuring the Gunwharf Quays shopping area and Spinnaker Tower – adds a refreshing modern twist. From Portsmouth, you can tour to the iconic site of Stonehenge or Farlington Marshes, a flourishing nature reserve home to 125 hectares of birdlife and flora. «RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE Explore the oldest reserve of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight’s Wildlife Trust, the Farlington Marshes. It’s perfect for birdwatching and nature enthusiasts. Southwold Farne Islands UK & Ireland Authentic View destination and ship videos at www.cruisewithfred.tv 131


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