Queen’s View, Loch Tummel
Below Cairngorms National Park is a view with royal status. The Queen’s View of Loch Tummel is only accessible by car, but luckily the ascent into the hills makes for a stunning drive. Multiple Queens are associated with this viewpoint, and there is an ongoing debate about who it was named after. Queen Victoria visited the area, however many believe it was originally named after King Robert the Bruce’s wife, Queen Isabella of Scotland.
Accompany a trip to this outstanding vista with one of the many forest walks, and enjoy a pot of tea with some hearty, homemade soup at the Queen’s View Visitor Centre. Depending on the time of year, the landscape differs dramatically. Spring sees the ground littered with snowdrops and buttercups, and sunset views of the lake are best observed in summer. However, if you want to feel alive, brave the below-zero temperatures of the brisk Scottish winter.
One of the most recognisable prehistoric monuments on the planet unpretentiously sits between Cranborne Chase and North Wessex Downs. This stone display is a Wonder of the World, a World Heritage Site and an important British symbol. Stonehenge was an unparalleled feat of engineering for its time – these Neolithic columns are over 5000 years old. Visiting this site is powerful: the structure evokes wonder and admiration as well as having spiritual and historical connections. There are many theories which link Stonehenge and ancient astronomy. Archaeoastronomers consider that the alignment of this stone circle was deliberately related to phenomena in the sky. Because of this, each year crowds gather at Stonehenge to celebrate this marvel and its relationship with the summer solstice.
This large, Welsh mountainous region has many attractions as well as fantastic views. From copper mines to mountain railways, there is a wide variety of sights and activities. If you want to try something different, then the subterranean trampolines at Bounce Below are an exciting option. Or, get an aerial perspective of the landscape by riding the world’s fastest zip wire (and Europe’s longest). However, those who are looking for the best view will find it at the top of Mount Snowdon. You don’t need experience in mountain climbing to tackle this peak, and with its view of Llyn Llydaw, it’s completely worth the effort. Recently voted the best view in Britain, this one should not be missed.
St Ives Bay
This seaside resort really is picture perfect. There are many beaches in the St Ives area, however Porthmeor Beach is probably the most iconic. The crescent shaped beach is quintessentially British. Al fresco dining and cocktails on the beachfront are all commonplace here, whilst art galleries line the edge of the sand. With facilities and parking nearby, this is the perfect place to relax. The town itself is made up of narrow, cobbled streets and coastal cottages – also a lovely place to explore. So, create memories and capture them on this tiny English peninsula.