There are many reasons to go travelling around the UK. For those who live here, it’s often cheaper to holiday at home and it’s a great way to benefit the local economy. Furthermore, of relevance to both British citizens and overseas tourists, the UK also happens to be a particularly beautiful and fascinating country to explore. One of the best things about the UK are the various natural beauty hotspots lying waiting to be discovered here.
Here are five of my favourite UK natural beauty attractions:
One of the UK’s most-visited tourist attractions, the Cheddar Gorge is an ancient limestone gorge in the beautiful county of Somerset in south-west England. Once you’ve seen it for yourself, you’ll understand perfectly why this is the case. This natural beauty site is breathtakingly stunning, and it’s the kind of rare sight that only the West Country can really offer.
Like many UK natural beauty spots, the Cheddar Gorge is a great place to go hiking or strolling if you’re the active type. It’s also a fantastic spot for a family picnic, so it might be worth taking a bite to eat – and what better than the world-famous cheese that the area is so well-known for?
If you do visit Cheddar Gorge, you might want to time it for the annual family festival, Top of the Gorge, which takes place in June.
Not so much mountains, but more of a group of low hills spread over South Wales and extending across the Welsh border into Herefordshire, England, the Black Mountains are an incredibly beautiful sight to behold and one of the UK’s top natural beauty spots.
Again, they prove to be a great place to go walking, and if you are looking to explore further afield in Wales, the Black Mountains would be a great base for a short family holiday, or even a romantic weekend away.
Of all the holiday cottages South Wales has to offer, those in the Black Mountains are particularly nice to stay in and if you’re really lucky, you might end up in a quirky, cosy old cottage in the middle of nowhere. You could easily find yourself spending a good week or so there, rambling around the local countryside and relaxing in some of the local pubs.
Moving on up to Scotland, we come across a particularly idllic natural beauty spot which has vastly grown in popularity over the last few decades. If you appreciate natural sights which are more or less undisturbed, you’ll love Fingal’s Cave, as it’s so pristine and beautiful.
Fingal’s Cave is a beautifully kept natural cave on Isle of Staffa, and just one glimpse of this natural wonder makes it clear to see why so many people are so keen to see it every year. This sea cave in the Inner Hebrides was formed a long time ago by the same lava flow that caused the famous Irish Giant’s Causeway.
Fortunately, it’s also very easy to visit, as all you need to do is catch one of the boats which sail from the Isle at regular intervals on most days of the year. You’re unlikely to forget this strange and evocative UK sight anytime soon!
Back in Wales, we have the beautiful mountain of Snowdonia – one of the three highest peaks in the UK and arguably, the most popular one to climb. If you’re up for a particularly adventurous kind of holiday, you’d do well to consider this truly stunning natural beauty spot in north Wales.
You’ll probably be able to reach the top of the mountain in a day or so, and no doubt you’ll be able to find a local climbing troupe to join to make the experience even safer and a whole lot more fun. Snowdonia boasts some of the best natural views across Wales, and you’ll certainly feel as though all the hard work was worth it once you get to the summit!
A number of Scotland’s lochs are world-famous and Loch Lomond is widely regarded as the most famous of all, although Loch Ness is a close contender.
If you’ve never seen a loch or even visited Scotland before, you might well be wondering exactly what this term refers to. A loch is a large lake, usually set within trees and woodlands, or sometimes among wide plains.
Loch Lomond is famous for being especially beautiful, and particularly large. If you’re visiting Scotland, be sure to stop off here at some point!
Where do you think you might be going on your next trip around the UK, and what natural wonders might you expect to see there?