Plateau de Millevaches
According to legend, these highlands owe their name to a shepherdess who was saved from a storm by 1,000 diabolical cattle...although the more likely meaning is "1,000 springs" in local dialect or "deserted mountain". Among the treasures of the Regional Nature Park of Millevaches, don't miss the 8,000-year-old Longeyroux tourbiere (peat bog) and Mont Bessou (alt. 977m/3,205ft), dubbed the "rooftop of Limousin". The moors are home to rare species and Oussines pond (18ha/45 acres) is rich in biological interest (otters).