1. The Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Ireland
Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site The Giant's Causeway is a magnificent picture of 40,000 large unique polygonal columns of layered basalt resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Be spoilt for choice with four different trails, picnic areas, and country walks to witness the stunning views.
2. Knockvologan Beach, Scotland
Tucked away on the Isle of Mull's western shore in Scotland, Knockvologan Beach is covered with glossy white sand and crystal clear waters. Apart from the crashing waves and a majestic skyline, you'll find seals basking on the rocks under the sun. This beach is also said to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel, Kidnapped.
3. Snowdonia, Wales
Snowdonia boasts its National Park and Snowdon, the biggest mountain standing at 3,560 feet in Wales and England. Fine sandy beaches, amazing estuaries and looming cliffs stretch along the coastline, promising breathtaking views. For a touch of civilisation, wander into picturesque yet quaint villages like Betws y Coed and immerse yourself in the local Welsh history and culture.
4. Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly
Originally a private garden established in the 19th century, sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scilly is now open to visitors and is bursting with a range of over 20,000 exotic plants. For a deeper dive into its history, visit the Valhalla Museum where you'll discover a collection of shipwrecked figureheads and other decorative ship carvings.
5. Polperro, Cornwall
Nothing is quite as quaint as the old yet unspoilt Cornish fishing village Polperro. Delightful cottages dot the hillsides around a small harbour with little cafes and galleries filled with work by local artists. Take a stroll along the coasts of the harbour or pay a visit to the Polperro Heritage Museum of Smuggling and Fishing where you'll delve into the village's notorious history for smuggling activities in the 18th and early 19th centuries.