12 Most Photogenic Destinations in the UK

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The Great British landscape is more often associated with grey skies and flooding than it is with areas of outstanding natural beauty. But here, right on our doorstep, are some of the most photogenic vistas in the world. Between the rolling pastoral hills of the West Country, and the dramatic trenchant mountains of the North, our landscape has been gradually developed by the processes of time. So dust off your camera and get outside to witness some of the most photogenic destinations in the UK.

Snowdonia, North Wales

The landscape of Snowdonia was carved from ice during the last glacial period, leaving behind it monstrous chasms, towering snow-capped mountains, and smooth glacial lakes.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Snowdonia © WAHEEDRASULKHAN/iStock/Thinkstock
Snowdonia © WAHEEDRASULKHAN/iStock/Thinkstock

North York Moors, Yorkshire

The bleak and rugged landscape of the North York Moors is a rare thing of beauty. Nowhere but here will you find such a great expanse of untouched, feral beauty swathed in heather and gorse.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: North York Moors © Danielrao/iStock/Thinkstock
North York Moors © Danielrao/iStock/Thinkstock

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Famous for its crumbling white cliffs and rich geological history, the Jurassic Coast is littered with unusual landforms, including the photogenic Durdle Door, Old Harry’s Rocks, and Lulworth Cove.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Jurassic Coast © uppy61/iStock/Thinkstock
Jurassic Coast © uppy61/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake District, Cumbria

Another token of the glacial period, the Lake District is renowned for its awe-inspiring landscape of cavernous u-shaped valleys and colossal freshwater lakes. It’s not hard to see why this was a popular hangout of the Romantics.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Lake District © edencophoto/iStock/Thinkstock
Lake District © edencophoto/iStock/Thinkstock

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway is the stuff of fairytales, literally. Tens of thousands of basalt columns, resulting from an ancient volcanic eruption, are the causeway of a legendary giant, who crossed the channel to meet his Scottish nemesis.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Giant’s Causeway © Luca Fabbian/iStock/Thinkstock
Giant’s Causeway © Luca Fabbian/iStock/Thinkstock

Outer Hebrides, Scotland

You’d be forgiven for mistaking the white sandy beaches and glittering turquoise waters of the Outer Hebrides for somewhere more tropical than Scotland. Yet the arctic temperature means it has been left unspoilt, and you’ll be able to enjoy this paradise in peace.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Outer Hebrides © Harvepino/iStock/Thinkstock
Outer Hebrides © Harvepino/iStock/Thinkstock

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

An island promontory connected to the South Cornwall coast, the Lizard Peninsula has it all. Between the golden sands and shingle coves, the open heathland and the jagged cliffs, there’s plenty here to keep your camera busy.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Lizard Peninsula © ian woolcock/iStock/Thinkstock
Lizard Peninsula © ian woolcock/iStock/Thinkstock

Dartmoor, Devon

Nestled within the contours of Dartmoor’s windswept landscape are the famous Dartmoor ponies, which roam wild and free. These creatures are shy, but keep your eyes on the horizon as you traverse the rugged moorland.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Dartmoor © RainbowJoe/iStock/Thinkstock
Dartmoor © RainbowJoe/iStock/Thinkstock

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Quite possibly the most photogenic destination in the UK, the Scottish Highlands is an amalgamation of the grand glaciated landscapes of Snowdonia and the Lake District, and the proud desolation of the North York Moors.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Scottish Highlands © krzych-34/iStock/Thinkstock
Scottish Highlands © krzych-34/iStock/Thinkstock

Peak District, North England

Less popularised than the Lake District, yet every bit its equal, the Peak District offers pretty country valleys against a backdrop of formidable mountains. A highlight is the desolate moorland plateau of Kinder Scout, where the grit stone boulders inspired sculptor and artist Henry Moore.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Peak District © SAKhanPhotography/iStock/Thi
Peak District © SAKhanPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock

Norfolk Broads, Norfolk

If it’s marshland rather than mountains you’re after, head to the Norfolk Broads for some of the most beautiful waterways in the country. The Broads are best navigated by boat, but there are also opportunities for walking and cycling along the rivers.

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Norfolk Broads © NeilCordell/iStock/Thinkstock
Norfolk Broads © NeilCordell/iStock/Thinkstock

Mendip Hills, Somerset

Who knew Somerset contained such dramatic vistas? Climb to the summit of the Mendip Hills, and peer out over Cheddar Gorge for a breathtaking view onto the country lanes below.    

Photogenic Destinations in the UK: Mendip Hills © druvo/iStock/Thinkstock
Mendip Hills © druvo/iStock/Thinkstock

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12 Most Photogenic Destinations in the UK was last modified: November 13th, 2015 by Elizabeth Gourd
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Elizabeth suffers from an acute case of wanderlust, which no amount of traveling or adventure can cure. She has lived in London, New York and Berlin, and is currently a writer for Hg2 | A Hedonist's Guide To...