Isle of Portland, Dorset

This limestone island on the Dorset coast is joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach; it’s famous for its quarried Portland stone used most famously in St Paul’s Cathedral. Built as a Royal naval base, its man-made harbour is one of the largest in the world. People come here to see the lighthouses on Portland Bill and for the natural history as the area is rich in flora and fauna with sightings of dolphins and basking sharks. It’s also popular for diving, kayaking, abseiling and rock climbing; a wild and rugged craggy outcrop with spectacular sea views and amazing sunsets.

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