The Sandstone area has countless natural rock formations or 'breakaways' that contrast dramatically with the rust-stained landscapes.
Believed to be 350 million years old, one of the most spectacular breakaways known as 'London Bridge' was once wide enough to allow and horse and sulky to cross. Over the years, however, it has been eroded to its present width of one metre.
The house on Towan Island, perched 24 metres above the sea and connected to the mainland by a 30-metre suspension bridge, apparently the only privately owned suspension bridge in the UK. Today the house is a luxury bed and breakfast.
At one time the house was owned by the son of Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, the inventor of the spark plug.