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Skye has been named as one of the top ten scenic places in the UK by some of the best photographers in the country.
International car rental site EnjoyTravel.com released the 2021 list of the ’25 Most Scenic Places in the UK’, as chosen by award-winning UK travel photographers, last week.
With domestic travel allowed again and international travel on the cards soon, the web-based company wanted to round up some of the best places to visit and asked photographers to share their favourite spots.
From pulsing city centres to the remotest mountainscapes in the country, the happy snappers came up with their 25 best destinations.
Few can fail to be charmed by the Isle of Skye, the largest island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and travel photographer James Wright was no different. James chose the island as number one on his list, citing the most enchanting backdrop as Ruhba Hunish.
Speaking about its breathtaking beauty, James said: ‘It almost feels like the end of the world.
‘There’s a bothy on the clifftop called The Lookout that is part of the Mountain Bothy Association. You can see whales from here if you’re lucky. It’s a place to feel the passage of time.’
He also recommended the drive along the mountain pass between Applecross and Tornapress for sparkling sunset views.
From the Isle of Skye’s rugged cliffs at the top of Scotland, to the pastel-painted fishing harbours on the most southerly tip of Cornwall, the UK is home to boundless beautiful destinations. This is the landscape that inspired some of the world’s most prolific thinkers, artists and poets, from Wordsworth to Banksy.
Bearing that in mind, it was no surprise Mull appeared on the list, at number 19.
Wildlife photographer Craig Jones prefers quieter, less well-trodden destinations and Mull, the second-largest island in the Inner Hebrides, is the perfect example for him.
‘It combines mythical landscapes with reams of history and tradition, as well as some of the best wildlife spotting in the country,’ said Craig.
‘You can take a boat trip to Fingal’s Cave on Staffa, which has inspired artists including Mendelssohn, Keats and Wordsworth. Sir Walter Scott once said it is ‘one of the most extraordinary places I ever beheld’.
The Scottish Highlands came in at number 21 on the list with Glencoe and Ben Nevis given special mention.
Bath was number one overall.
‘As the nation gears up for a domestic travel surge, these places provide the perfect inspiration,’ said an EnjoyTravel.com spokesperson.