The annual August bank holiday is almost upon us and if you’re still thinking about how to make the most of your long weekend, then look no further! Forget the likes of adrenaline-pumping theme parks or a night on the town, all you need is some spectacular sights in the country’s most idyllic locations.
Take a look at 10 of the most photogenic places across the UK offered up by The Case Farm, who provide protective cases for your photography equipment. Pick your favourite place on the list to spend your August bank holiday weekend! Don’t forget to take your camera along with you, to capture these impressive spots and create memories that will last for years to come!
1. West Cornwall, England
From the dramatic scenes of Land’s End, the impressive beauty of St Michael’s Mount, to the intriguing sights that surround you in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You’ll be amazed by the abundance of beautiful sights to be seen on a weekend away in West Cornwall.
2. Robin Hood’s Bay, England
A quaint fishing village bursting at the seams with history and terrific architecture, Robin Hood’s Bay is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys splendid seaside sights. Explore the rising streets and gaze over the well-kept cottages. Head to the sea front for spectacular ocean views, or take a stroll along the clifftops for a magical shot looking back over the entire bay itself.
3. The Lake District, England
This world-famous national park situated in North-West England has plenty of photogenic sights to offer avid photographers, that a few free days might not be enough time to capture every ounce of its stunning beauty.
However, if you do find yourself on a trip to the Lakes this bank holiday, be sure to stop by the lovely villages of Grasmere and Ambleside for imagery that perfectly captures local life in the Lake District. Encapsulate the sights of times gone by, with visits to Kendal Castle, Castlerigg Stone Circle and Shap Abbey. For more dramatic shots of the natural scenery, head to Tarn Hows at Coniston waters, the peak of Scafell Pike or Wastwater, to name just a few.
4. Glencoe, Scotland
Deep in the heart of the Scottish Highlands lies Glencoe, one of the country’s most historic and spectacular locations. Bursting with heritage, myth and legend, spend a few days wandering through the alluring, world-famous countryside to immerse yourself in some fantastic Scottish scenery.
Be sure to visit the expansive Rannoch Moor whilst in the area, an open area with nothing but complete natural beauty that’s ready to be snapped by photographers from across the globe! If you enjoy a hike, why not challenge yourself to make it up to the top of Ben Nevis, where you’ll find some splendid views on a clear summer’s day.
5. Edinburgh, Scotland
Said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh is the perfect photogenic destination in Scotland, for those of you who prefer shots of city sights over natural scenery. Enjoy the historic architecture throughout the city, where you’ll find a lovely spot to photograph around every corner.
If you find yourself wanting to add a bit of greenery to your photos, not to worry! The city of Edinburgh is surrounded by lush green hills, the most famous of which being Arthur’s Seat. Capture some shots of the peak itself, then why not head up to the top for some panoramic shots overlooking the city.
Read more: Check out my mega-guide to spending a weekend in Edinburgh for some top tips!
6. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
This huge national park offers everything a nature lover and photographer could wish for. Stroll along intriguing forest tracks whilst enjoying every inch of the natural scenery; from glistening lochs, impressive mountain peaks, to the local wildlife that resides here. Make the most of your photography opportunities here, by spending one day wildlife watching in the trees, another up high on the peaks, and a final day on the waters.
7. The Brecon Beacons, Wales
Covering 520 square miles across Mid and South Wales, the Brecon Beacons mountain range and national park has a wealth of stunning spots to spend your bank holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy photographing moorland, hillside, water or local village life, you’ll find a wealth of lovely locations to relax in and enjoy here.
Be sure to spend some time admiring the clear night skies on a visit to the Brecon Beacons. You’ll enjoy every minute, looking up at the glistening stars above you.
8. The Isle of Anglesey, Wales
Anglesey has the potential to excite each of your senses, most of all your sight. Offering gorgeous coastal scenery along with fantastic inland countryside, you won’t struggle with filling up your photo album on a bank holiday weekend away here.
Be sure to take a stroll along the coastline for lovely sea views through and through. Quaint and quirky fishing towns and villages will provide the perfect place to stop for refreshments as well as capturing the loveliness of local life. There’s also plenty of cycle paths across the island to try out your gopro!
9. The Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland
Comprising of 28 dramatic peaks, the Mourne Mountains offer some spectacular scenery both high up and on the ground, as well as a great bank holiday weekend well spent. It’s said that the Mourne Mountains provided a lot of inspiration for CS Lewis when writing The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
If you’re feeling brave, why not head up on the tough climb to the top of Slieve Donard. Or if you prefer more level grounding, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a stroll through the Silent Valley, which sits beneath the mountain range itself.
10. Carrick-a-Rede, Northern Ireland
Just some 9 miles away from the world-famous Giant’s Causeway stands (or swings) the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, built by salmon fishermen over 300 years ago. On your way to the bridge, you’ll find a wealth of gorgeous sea views and on a good day, sights of turtles and dolphins too!
Many visit the bridge to test their bravery and make the crossing, whereas many others come to simply enjoy the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. If you’re an avid walker or explorer, why not make a trip to the bridge on the same day as visiting the Giant’s Causeway?