Iona named UK’s top hidden gem

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Iona has been named as the UK’s top hidden gem,  according to a survey of 2,000 Brits.

Other destinations like the Fairy Pools on Skye and Rousay’s Stone Age sites on Orkney ranked in second and fourth place, in the survey commissioned by Sykes Holiday Cottages.

The survey ranked the Inner Hebrides island of Iona as the lesser-known location that Brits have most enjoyed visiting throughout the entire UK.

The beautiful black sand beaches along Skye’s Talisker Bay also made the top ten.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: ‘Four Scottish island destinations ranked within the top 10 hidden gems but there are plenty of other impressive locations and natural wonders throughout Scotland that don’t get the recognition they deserve either.’

The study found 43 per cent of Scots go out of their way to visit the less popular locations and more than eight in 10 (82 per cent) take pride in doing so.

Half of those polled enjoy telling people about their  discovered places but three in 10  would rather keep it to themselves.

The Bays in Harris and the South West Coastal 300 road trip route in Dumfries & Galloway also made the top 20 list.

 

Caption: Iona Abbey

16_T16_Iona Abbey_01_Seen from the site of St Columba’s writing hut