Stunning Scottish island and beautiful loch named the most picturesque in Britain

YOU don’t have to travel far to find a wonderful place to visit or holiday in Scotland.

We are blessed with stunning coastlines, breathtaking scenery, glorious mountains and tranquil villages.

Stunning Camas Daraich near the tip of Sleat on Skye, the island has been voted the second most scenic spot in the UK


Stunning Camas Daraich near the tip of Sleat on Skye, the island has been voted the second most scenic spot in the UKCredit: Alamy
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hole aweCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

So it’s no surprise that five of the top ten most scenic spots in Britain are all in Scotland.

The results come from a survey commissioned by Sky Mobilewho found that nearly half of us are planning a trip closer to home this year.

Respondents cited the abundance of beautiful places in the UK (50 percent), the cost of living crisis (31 percent) and a desire to avoid the stress of travel (29 percent) as reasons for their stay. in the UK in 2023.

And a whopping third of respondents said exploring the off-the-beaten-track places in the UK is far more exciting than some abroad.

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Against this background, the mobile phone giant asked what is necessary for the perfect stay. The results showed that beautiful landscapes (51 percent), scenic locations (48 percent), and tranquility (45 percent) ranked first.

And the best place in Scotland to get it all is Skye. In fact, the island is so popular that it ranked second best in the UK survey, with 19 per cent of all visitors wanting to visit.

It was beaten only by Cornwall’s St Michael’s Mount, for which 20 per cent of those polled voted.

Magnificent St Michael's Mount


Magnificent St Michael’s MountCredit: Alamy
Fort William lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis


Fort William lies in the shadow of Ben NevisCredit: Alamy
Orkney is remote but stunning


Orkney is remote but stunning
Fair Isle in Shetland


Fair Isle in Shetland

The holy island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland came in third with 14 per cent, followed by the fabulous Fort William and Orkney in fourth with 11 per cent, followed by Loch Awe, one of Scotland’s largest freshwater lochs, in sixth with seven per cent Fair Isle in Shetland came ninth with six per cent.

And when it comes to getting those all-important Insta pics while on vacation, the beautiful scenery is of course the most important thing, followed by good or natural lighting and a pristine natural background.

Despite all that beauty, over a fifth of 18-35 year olds admitted they always edit their photos before posting them on social media, compared to just nine percent of those over 45 who prefer theirs Leaving photos the way nature intended.

For 18-35 year olds (17 percent), meal times were also a peak when it came to snapping, but the phone is apparently not allowed at the table, according to those over 45, and only 3 percent took snaps from her food.

Paul Sweeney, Managing Director of Sky Mobile, said: “Keeping in touch is important when exploring the scenic spots that we are fortunate to have in the UK.

“With Sky Mobile offering 99 per cent coverage, you can ensure you stay in touch and share the beautiful sights.”

Britain’s top ten

  1. St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall (20%)
  2. Isle of Skye, Scotland (19%)
  3. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland (14%)
  4. Fort William, Scotland (11%)
  5. Orkney, Scotland (11%)
  6. Loch Awe, Scotland (7%)
  7. Wye Valley, Herefordshire (6%)
  8. Old Harry Rocks, Dorset (6%)
  9. Fair Isle, Shetland Islands (6%)
  10. Llyn Peninsula, Wales (6%)

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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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