Top ten UK beauty spots

Posted in: Family Last updated: 28 Oct 2015
Image of Durdle Door, Dorset

For a tiny island floating in the Atlantic Ocean, the UK boasts some pretty amazing beauty spots. So rather than packing a suitcase and flying halfway around the world to view something spectacular, throw a few snacks into a rucksack and strap on a pair of walking boots – it's time to explore our own back garden!


Designed by architect Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion was built with a view to inspire those who visited. Championing the vibrant colours and architecture often associated with Mediterranean culture, Portmeirion feels like the kind of place you'd expect to see somewhere on the Island of Capri rather than a small village south of Porthmadog!

Loch Lomond

Boasting over 20 miles of open water and 30 individual islands, Loch Lomond's tranquil atmosphere and breath-taking scenery make it one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations. Located roughly 30 miles north of Glasgow, Loch Lomond presents a great day out for any northern adventurer or highland dweller throughout the year.

The Black Cuillin

Situated on the Isle of Skye off the north coast of Scotland, the Black Cuillin is a rocky range that presents both staggering views and a mountain of opportunity. With its dramatic peaks, the Black Cuillin provides mountaineers with an array of routes to navigate, while its scenic views from the roadside mean anyone not wanting to climb can simply bask in the wondrous beauty of this magnificent location.

Isle of Man

Although the Isle of Man plays host to the world-famous TT race every June, for the rest of the year the island remains something of a hidden gem. From the top of Snaefell to the quaint port of Peel, the Isle of Man's unspoilt aesthetic and steady pace make this tiny island in the Irish Sea a must for any family looking to explore this stunning part of the world.

The Needles

Rising out of the ocean on the Isle of Wight's western coast, the Needles have been a firm favourite among beauty-seekers since time began. Formed out of chalk, the three distinctive peaks can be seen up close thanks to a handy boat trip or viewed from above on the awesome chairlift that runs from The Needles Landmark Attraction.

Durdle Door

On the brilliantly named Jurassic Coast of Dorset, the limestone arch of Durdle Door will trigger your family's imagination while providing you with one of the most beautiful backdrops for any day spent on the beach.

Dinorwic Quarry

Historically speaking, the words 'quarry' and 'beauty spot' have rarely gone together. However, when you first visit Dinorwic Quarry in North Wales, you'll be taken aback by the sheer scale of this man-made wonder. Resembling something akin to steps carved into the Welsh countryside, Dinorwic Quarry is the perfect place to explore and learn throughout the year.

Little Solsbury Hill

Offering unrivalled views over the city of Bath, Little Solsbury Hill in Somerset is the perfect place for a family stroll when looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. After a hard day's hiking, why not head into Bath for a cup of tea and explore one of the UK's prettiest cities?


When making a list of the UK's finest beauty spots, it'd be almost criminal to exclude the Lake District! Although there are so many places to choose from in this enchanted corner of the world, with its rolling hills and peaceful shores, it's Derwentwater that gets our vote for the finest spot in the lakes.

Giant's Causeway

Formed out of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, legend has it that the Giant's Causeway was built by an Irish giant rather than a volcanic explosion that occurred thousands of years ago. It doesn’t matter which version you decide to tell the family, they're going to be overawed by this stunning landmark!

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