Sometimes even we forget that there are places this insanely beautiful on our little slice of Earth. Like an island cave in Scotland where waves echo off natural basalt columns, or a 140–island archipelago off Cornwall where gulls outnumber people. Crazy.
Lulworth Cove | Dorset
Located along the Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove is a complex network of inlets, caves and landforms shaped over millions of years. In the summer, take a boat to see the iconic Durdle Door rock formation.
Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls | Wales
When you are visiting Wales, the majestic Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfalls – with the UK’s steepest drop – is a must–see destination. From there, go on to explore the Berwyn Mountains and surrounding hills.
Lake Windermere | Lake District
The largest natural lake in England is in Cumbria’s charming Lake District National Park. There are 18 islands in the 5.7–square–mile lake, with boat rentals available if you feel like exploring.
Porthcurno Beach | Cornwall
Situated in the far west of Cornwall, Porthcurno Beach is known for its soft, white sand and great swimming and sunbathing. On the cliffs above sits the Minack “clifftop” Theater, an incredible place to see a play. Nearby Pedn Vounder Beach is one of the only nude beaches in Cornwall.
Strathaird | Scottish Highlands
This beautiful peninsula on the Isle of Skye is home to Iron Age Fort Dun Ringill. Strathaird is lightly populated, and a starkly beautiful place to see stunning sunsets without a crowd of fellow watchers.
Anglesey | Wales
Much of Anglesey’s 125–mile coast is an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) – a lovely collection of sand dunes, coves and cliffs, villages and pebble beaches. It’s particularly beautiful in spring, when the clifftops are sprinkled with wildflowers. The Royals love it too. Will and Kate lived in a farmhouse here after their wedding in 2011, while William was stationed at the local RAF base.
Sherwood Forest | Nottingham
Robin Hood hung out here, but these days he’d have plenty of company. Sherwood Forest is popular with city dwellers from nearby Nottingham. Its small patch of old–growth forest includes the Major Oak, said to have been Robin’s retreat in earlier days.
Lavender Fields | Norfolk
Fields of purple stretch across Norfolk’s lavender country in summer. Beyond the extensive gardens, there’s a distillery for lavender essential oils used in lotions and creams, farm tours, and lavender specialties ranging from candy to candles.
Cheddar Gorge | Somerset
Britain’s oldest skeleton was discovered here. Cheddar Gorge has spectacular drops of 450 ft. You can explore the caves with a guide, squeezing through many chambers and a final narrow gap known as the Letterbox.
Isles of Scilly | Cornwall
This archipelago off the southwestern tip of Cornwall is home to stunning wildlife, unspoiled scenery and uncrowded landscapes. The distance from the mainland means darker night skies that are perfect for stargazing. Located off Bryher, the smallest inhabited island of the Isles of Scilly, is Rushy Bay, a must–see for beach lovers.
Ardgartan | Scotland
Set in the Argyll Forest Park, Ardgartan is a popular camping and hiking location with tranquil lochs, majestic mountains, fast–running rivers and marked trails to guide you through the hills.
Loch Lubnaig | Strathyre, Scotland
A small freshwater loch nestled between two mountains in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Lubnaig is a serene place to rent a canoe. Or bike the trail along its western shore.
Fingal’s Cave | Scotland
On the uninhabited island of Staffa in the Hebrides, this basalt cave is accessed only by boat. Its natural arch structure creates acoustics that echo the breaking waves, producing a natural cathedral–like atmosphere.
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