Top Scenic UK Getaways

The summertime is upon us and, as far as I’m concerned, this time of year makes the already beautiful locations in the UK look even better and, thanks to a large online win, this summer allows me the opportunity to explore some of the more scenic areas of the UK. The money came from a large four figure victory at my favourite online no deposit bingo site as I played the Dark Knight Rises slot game between a few games of bingo and I plan on taking advantage of the money to see some of the sites I would had the extra money to do so all in the one go.
The following list details some of the more scenic locations that I plan on visiting this summer.

Loch Ness, Scotland

Not only famous for the reports of a pre-historic monster known as the Loch Ness monster (which, in reality, is the reason that I am travelling to this section of Scotland!) this freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands, 23 miles southwest of Inverness, is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains. Of course the main draw is Nessie, but the scenery, the countryside walks, other outdoor activities and the numerous museums make Loch Ness a must visit place of anyone visiting Scotland.
Portmeirion, Wales
Having grown up watching re-runs of the famous 1960’s TV show The Prisoner with my father that was shot in the North Wales village of Portmeirion this is a place that I have already wanted to visit. The village was conceived of by Clough Williams-Ellis who wanted to showcase how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it’s beauty. As far as I’m concerned, he succeeded perfectly. Portmeirion is one of Wales’ top attractions with the village, gardens and surrounding 70 acres of woodlands bringing in more than a quarter of a million guests each year.
The Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland
The legend of the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim is that it was created by Irish giant Finn MacCool in order to travel across the Irish Sea to fight the Scottish giant Benandonner. The causeway was actually formed between 50 and 60 million years ago as molten volcanic rock flowed out through the chalk beds and cooled to leave the columns of rock as pictured above. I have never been to Northern Ireland and ever since I was a child I have been mesmerised by the Giant’s Causeway and the stories of the giants that created it, now the opportunity to visit this geological marvel promises to be one of the most memorable sections of this trip for me.
Kew Gardens, London
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is one of London’s top tourist attractions and is one of the most culturally significant landscapes in the world. Kew is the largest collection of living plants in the world, having more than 30,000 different types of plant, while it’s herbarium has more than seven million preserved plant species. The site is more than 250 years old and has expanded to include more than 121 hectares of gardens and glasshouses as well as 40 buildings that are at least Grade II listed buildings by the British Historical Society. It is one of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the entire United Kingdom, let alone London, and is a must visit for anyone who has even a passing interest in botany and is taking a trip to the English capital at any stage of their lives.
These four locations are my favourite of the numerous places I plan on visiting this summer around the UK, but there are plenty more places I will be travelling to with the White Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge as well as both the Lake and Peak Districts on my list. There is so much beauty and scenery in the UK that there is something for everyone. What are you going to see this summer?

3 comments for “Top Scenic UK Getaways

  1. Great choices – I visited Portmeirion a couple of years ago with the parents and it’s a place that totally feels out of place in the UK – like it really feels like you’re in souther Europe somewhere – great buildings and landscaping. Loch Ness is a great place too – it’s so vast and beautiful – I do wish I’d had the time to explore more of the Scottish highlands that’s for sure.

  2. Portmerion was amazing!!!! We loved it and because of that, went back and sought out The Prisoner Dvds. They have a shop dedicated to it including No.2’s ball chair!!! Kew is also fabulous!!!! X

  3. Congratulations on your win! There are so many places within the UK I’d love to visit. One of them is Antrim, Ireland! Also the Lake District and of course Loch Ness. xxx