The Most Scenic Places in Southern Scotland
When people think of capturing UK holiday scenes in Scotland, their minds often leap to the Scottish Highlands. But there are also some great vacation scenes to be found in the south of Scotland too.
The Mennock Pass (B797) is a stunningly exquisite scenic stretch of road. It runs from the hamlet of Mennock to Scotland’s highest village — the village of Wanlockhead. The beautiful rolling, undulating hills surrounding the pass, with its stunning greenery dotted with splashes of heathery purple, make one of the most gorgeous holiday scenes in the lowlands.
You cannot visit southern Scotland without seeing Loch Lomond. Twenty-three miles long and five miles wide at its widest point, Loch Lomond is the largest stretch of water in the UK. The most beautiful vacation scenes abound here in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It was the first of Scotland’s National Parks and is home to 21 Munros, 19 Corbetts, and 22 large lochs. The combination of islands, mountains, water, and woodlands makes this one of the best holiday scenes in this part of the world. Make sure to visit Milarochy Bay on the shores of the loch for some great photo opportunities.
Another astonishing sight and a beautiful piece of scenic Scotland is the Devil’s Pulpit in Finnich Glen. It’s a beautiful, emerald green, moss-covered, 100ft deep gorge, with a river at its bottom which seems in certain lights to have ruby-coloured waters. Scenes from the TV series Outlander were shot here. It is one of the best holiday scenes you could ever hope to find and is simply unforgettable.
Set up the home base for your scenic tour of south Scotland in one of Belvilla’s Scottish cottages.
The Wonderful Scenery of Dartmoor National Park, Devon
Dartmoor National Park in Devon is another great place to check out some wonderful holiday scenes. Even the craggy, rock outcrop tors (of which there are 891) are amazing. Many of the lesser ones can be found on the eastern slope of the moor, hidden beneath the tree tops near Hennock, Lustleigh, Manaton, and Moretonhampstead.
One of the holiday scenes you must put on your list of places to see is the quaint Medieval Clapper Bridge at Postbridge. On the way there, be sure to stop off for lunch at the Warren House Inn in Grimspound. At 1,425 feet, it’s the highest altitude Inn in southern England, and the local ales and pub grub are excellent.
A little further, you’ll come to Widdecombe in the Moor and its 14th-century church, nicknamed the Cathedral of the Moor, due to its 120-foot high steeple. Just three miles outside the village, you’ll reach Hound Tor. The tor and the surrounding views will provide even more superb vacation scenes. Houndtor was the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes novel, the Hound of the Baskervilles.
As scenic holidays in the UK go, it doesn’t get much better than the Dartmoor National Park, and you can book one of the many Charming Belvilla cottages in the area where you can relax in the evening and recount the many wonderful sights you’ve encountered.
Hadrian’s Wall – UNESCO World Heritage Site
Stretching 73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans in AD122 and is set amidst the stunning landscapes of Cumbria and Northumberland. This area is home to some of the most captivating holiday scenes in the UK.
Hadrian’s Wall is surrounded by the remains of Roman barracks, forts, ramparts, and settlements, and with nearby towns like Corbridge, have a fascinating look back into Roman life back in the times of the occupation of ancient Britain.
The Wall straddles the country with Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park to the north and the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty to the south. It is one of the best British holiday destinations you can imagine.
Accommodation won’t be a problem with several gorgeous Belvilla holiday homes available in this part of the UK.