With many Brits’ opting for staycations in 2021, this summer has seen many rediscover the UK’s own natural wonders. From serene beaches to quaint villages, the UK is filled with stunning beauty spots that can make for the perfect break come rain or shine.
With so many idyllic locations to choose from, waterproof accessories brand, Sealskinz have analysed location data to reveal the top 10 most popular UK beauty spots according to Instagram.
- Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England – 817,828 hashtags
As such a famous landmark, it comes as no surprise that Stonehenge comes in at the number one spot, with a staggering 817,828 hashtags on Instagram. The mystery surrounding this prehistoric monument has made millions of tourists travel from all over the world to see Stonehenge every year. The ring of stone structure dates back to c. 3000 BC, with historians still not completely sure of how they appeared, or what they were used for.
This iconic architecture is also part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and is an absolute must-see for all Brits, being such a famous landmark.
- St Ives, Cornwall, England – 795,530 hashtags
With its crystal-clear waters and serene coastline, St. Ives in Cornwall is one of the most picture-perfect locations in the UK. Hashtagged a huge 795,530 times St. Ives was also recently voted the “best holiday destination” by Coast Magazine and was even featured in TripAdvisor’s ‘Top 10 European Beaches’ making it popular globally.
- Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands – 430,341 hashtags
Arguably one of the most popular lakes in the world, Loch Ness comes out as the third most popular beauty spot on the UK. Despite regular disputes around its origins (dating back to 1933!) the Loch continues to be one of the most popular destinations, racking up a total of 430,341 hashtags on the platform. And if the legend alone hasn’t gripped you enough to visit, the stunning ariel views and rugged coastline just might!
- Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland – 310,481 hashtags
Another legend-filled location is the Giant’s Causeway located in Northern Ireland. This area is particularly popular due to its unique structure, consisting of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns which were the result of a volcanic eruption. With the waves of the Atlantic Ocean splashing onto these unique structures, it’s a picture-perfect destination whether the sun is shining or not.
- Durdle Door, Dorset, England – 290,777 hashtags
For the ultimate in UK natural beauty, the huge natural limestone arch, famously known as the Durdle Door is a must. A highly popular landmark of the South of England, this natural phenomenon boasts a total of 290,777 hashtags on Instagram. Though sunnier days make this location extremely picturesque, the grandness of the archway cannot be lost, even in the rain.
- Padstow, Cornwall, England – 264,791 hashtags
The quirky town of Padstow, and its beautifully colourful harbour, comes out in sixth place. This particular beauty spot shows the diversity of the UK’s heritage, with Padstow home to a charming harbour surrounded by pastel-coloured cottages, traditional pubs and pristine beaches.
There are arguably several angles to capture the perfect beauty spots of Padstow, all of which are deemed hugely Instagrammable!
- Southwold, Suffolk, England – 206,116 hashtags
Southwold’s beach-hut seafront takes the 7th spot, amassing a total of 206,116 hashtags. This lesser-known location is perfectly idyllic for a trip come rain or shine, with the rocky landscape and sandy shores providing the perfect picture. Away from the shore itself, if you’re caught in the rain be sure to take a trip to the ever-famous Adnams Brewery and enjoy a tour and tasting to finish off a great day out!
- White Cliffs of Dover, Sussex, England – 186,983 hashtags
The White Cliffs of Dover are an iconic British sight that not only make for a great beauty spot, but they are also a hugely popular attraction, scoring 186,983 hashtags on Instagram. The cliffs are made of chalk, and they stretch for eight miles along the coast of Kent, facing France. These iconic cliffs have become such an important natural landmark that a section has actually been purchased by The National Trust.
- The Roman Baths, Somerset, England – 162,350 hashtags
A structural delight, the amber-coloured Georgian architecture surrounding the historic Roman Baths has been attracting national and international tourists for years. Steeped in history, this unique British beauty spot offers a full audio guided tour, with visitors also able bathe in the thermal hot springs.
- Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland – 158,348 hashtags
The iconic Calton hill gives a panoramic view of the major landmarks of the Scottish capital, so it’s perhaps no surprise that it’s collected a total of 158,348 hashtags on the Instagram platform. This famous hill is predominantly known for its birds-eye view of the city, with the structure itself inspire by the Athens Parthenon, a must-see for any travel enthusiasts.
Although the summer is still in full swing, the weather in the UK is as unpredictable as ever. On this, James Moody, Director at Sealskinz says “There are so many fantastic locations and landmarks right across the UK which offer not only beautiful views, but a fantastic day out.
That said, we’ve already had more than our fair share of bad weather throughout the summer so far, so when planning any kind of trip, being prepared for all eventualities is a good idea. Whilst we fully encourage getting your favourite shorts out for potential sunshine, we’re big advocates for packing essentials. Get your waterproof socks, just in case, so that no surprising weather can catch you off guard!”