The UK boasts some of the most unique yet diverse landscapes for photography. With a rich culture and history surrounding the UK, it is no surprise that there are several photography getaways. The beautiful coastline, rugged landscape, moorland, ancient woodlands, and rolling green hills make for excellent photo locations.
People from around the globe visit the UK for photography getaways. Photography holidays in Cornwall are famous for landscape pictures with gorgeous sunsets. Selecting the best locations in the UK is impossible since there are so many. If you’re planning a trip to the UK for photography, we would advise keeping at least ten days in hand for some of the best views on this list.
What To Carry When On A Photography Trip?
There are a few essentials you should always keep on you when on photography trips. Often, photographers (professional and amateur) get so lost in the scenery that they forget some essential tips.
- Always keep additional drinking water on you and stay hydrated.
- Keep high protein bars and some snacks in case you get hungry.
- Always keep insect spray, mosquito repellent, and sanitiser and masks on you.
- If you’re planning on sunset or sunrise shots, it is best to keep a flashlight or strong torch for when it gets dark.
- Carry spare charged batteries for your camera.
- If you’re planning on several different types of shots – carry extra lenses in protective carry cases.
Let us look at some photography getaways within the UK.
Old Man of Storr, Skye, Scotland:
Scotland is home to the hidden gem of Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye. It is probably one of the most gorgeous locations you will visit in the UK. Old Man of Storr is located on the Trotternish ridge. The rock pinnacles stand proud and tall against a backdrop of stunning mountains.
Meant for early morning shots, Old Man of Storr has an excellent sunrise view, with beautiful views of the Cuillin Hills and the sea. The parking for Old Man of Storr is a bit far, and the climb steep. Leave approximately sixty to ninety minutes to reach the viewpoints. Some parts of the walk towards the top are rocky and uneven, so you need sturdy footwear and a torchlight.
Derwent Water, Lake District, Cumbria, England:
The Lake District is considered one of the most scenic regions in England. The region is breathtaking with natural light that seeps into each ripple of water and blade of grass. The Lake District has so many scenic spots along the way that you may run out of memory card space – Buttermere, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Ullswater, Ashness Bridge, Blea Tarn and more. However, the most scenic one is Derwent Water.
Derwent Piers at Derwent Waters is home to some of the most breathtaking photography views. If you’re lucky to find yourself alone, you can close your eyes, breathe in the silence, and enjoy the peace and serenity of this beautiful location. The front view is of the Catbells mountains for some great wide-angle shots.
Dartmoor National Park, Devon, England:
Each list of top UK photo getaways must include Dartmoor National Park. Dartmoor is famous since it is one of the last wildernesses still present in the UK. The windswept, rugged landscape is one of the most photogenic sceneries in England. The lovely moorland is accented only by the thousands of tors. Tors are granite outcroppings interspersed throughout the moors.
Dartmoor National Parks’ most popular viewpoints for photography are Houndtor, Brentor, Great Staple Tor, Haytor, Belstone, and Sharpitor. Dartmoor has great valleys and rocky streams and rivers. When walking through Dartmoor, it is best to carry the camera equipment in a backpack and carry a raincoat. Comfortable all-terrain footwear is also a must.
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, Wales:
North Wales is home to the stunning Llanddwyn Island. Located close to Newborough Warren, the island is a romantic getaway and a honeymoon destination thanks to its remarkable scenery. Llanddwyn Island is cut off from the mainland only during extreme high tide. However, it is a good idea to check the high and low tide schedule before booking transportation.
Apart from the scenery, Llanddwyn Island also has a gorgeous 16th-century church. The Twr Mawr lighthouse with a white tower that looks like a windmill is the most notable feature. The lighthouse is placed with stunning backdrop visuals of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula.
While many prefer the large cities and sprawling hills for photography, the UK offers everything you could dream of and more! If cities are more your photography getaway, we would suggest London, Manchester or Edinburgh.