Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend away or looking for an incredible photo opportunity, there are some incredible UK mountain viewpoints that offer breathtaking scenery.
There’s nothing quite like looking out over beautiful landscapes from the top of a mountain or peak. We’ve chosen some of our favourite locarions that offer the perfect vantage points to hike up to and enjoy the outstanding views.
Photography viewpoints in the UK
Britain is filled with stunning peaks and vantage points which offer the perfect stop off to enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside. Here are some of the best across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Best viewpoints in Scotland
Ben Nevis, Lochaber
Well known to outdoor adventurers for being the UK’s highest peak, this iconic mountain offers a challenging 1,345m ascent that will take around four hours to complete. But those willing to put on their walking boots and make it to the top will be rewarded with some of the most stunning views in the world.
To avoid clouds and get the best view, it’s best to tackle Ben Nevis during the summer months. As you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of rolling mountainscape, winding lochs and the local town of Fort William.
Hermaness Hill, Shetland Islands
Hidden away at the northernmost point of the Shetland Islands, the Hermaness National Nature Reserve is an untouched paradise, offering spectacular views straight out of a David Attenborough documentary. Home to thousands of migrating birds and other local wildlife, there is so much to take in.
Head to the top of the hill and look out over the ocean as clouds roll over the green landscape and waves crash against the cliff edge- a view you won’t soon forget.
The best viewpoints in England
White Cliffs of Dover, Kent
This striking white cliff face has been an inspiration for artists, writers and musicians for centuries and has attracted visitors from all over the word. Stretching eight miles along the coast, the chalky cliffs offer an idyllic spot to look out over the Strait of Dover where you’ll see fishing boats, local wildlife and a beautiful spectrum of colours as the sun peeks over the horizon.
Kerridge Hill Cheshire, England
This little-known spot is nestled away in the beautiful surroundings of Chesire, next to the local hamlet of Kerridge. Although not the highest peak in the UK, it offers some of the most beautiful 360° views of the British countryside.
Marked by the White Nancy monument, Kerridge Hill provides perfect views of the Cheshire plains, allowing you to look out towards Wales or north to the Pennines.
Curbar Edge, Derbyshire
A list of the best UK peaks wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the iconic Peak District. There are plenty of great spots throughout this popular national park to find incredible views but Curbar Edge is definitely one of the most breathtaking.
Overlooking Derwent Valley, the seven mile long walk along this edge offers breathtaking natural scenery and a perfect winter hike to capture pictures of the snow-covered landscape.
Helvellyn, Lake District
It’s no secret that some of the best views in the UK can be found in the Lake District and this 950m high peak is the perfect perch any time of the day. At the top of Helvellyn, you’ll be treated to views of winding rivers, rolling green hills and huge peaks- a perfect opportunity for a photo, or an intimate spot for a beautiful end to the day.
Cat Bells, Lake District
Nobody quite knows the history behind this fell’s peculiar name but one thing is certain, you’ll never struggle to find a good view. Nestled alongside the shore of Derwentwater, this popular vantage point offers photographers and adventurers an array of textures, colours and striking silhouettes against the backdrop of the sun.
The best viewpoints in Wales
The second largest peak in the UK is one of the most popular destinations for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and it comes as no surprise when you see the incredible views waiting for you at the top. Snowdonia National Park offers a diverse terrain of natural textures making it ideal for photographers.
There are six different routes you can take to the top, giving you plenty of vantage points to get the best views. There is also a train that can take you to the summit, making it easily accessible for anyone.
Pen Y Fan, Brecknockshire
As the highest point in South Wales, Pen Y Fan stretches upwards 886m, offering incredible views for miles around. The rolling hills are a patchwork of different colours and textures that light up beautifully as the sun shines over them.
This trek is perfect for solo explorers or group hikers looking for a sense of peaceful isolation by getting lost in nature.
The best viewpoints in Northern Ireland
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim
The Emerald Isle is known for its beautiful natural scenery and the Giant’s Causeway is a must-see landmark for adventurers and photographers. The stunning natural landmark is steeped in folklore and its history stretches back centuries.
Explore the iconic natural stone structure before making your way up the peak to look out over the coast and see it in all its glory.
Chasing the perfect view…
Hopefully this guide has given you some inspiration to explore some of the UK’s most iconic natural viewpoints. Some of these walks can be challenging so it’s important to be prepared with the right footwear.
SCARPA offers a wide selection of walking boots and mountain boots in a range of designs that are all made using high quality materials to make sure your feet stay comfortable and supported when you’re out exploring the trail.