With travel firmly off the agenda, and gatherings with loved ones put on pause, your Instagram presence might be looking a little stale. Why not liven it up by arranging your next government mandated walk to visit one of the most Instagrammable places in the UK
We’ve scoured the country to bring together a list of local spots, from areas of outstanding natural beauty to pleasingly aesthetic buildings. Pull on your walking boots to visit now, or add these places to your travel bucket list for when restrictions are lifted in the future. Camera phones at the ready…
Stairway to Heaven, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
County Fermanagh’s Cuilcagh Way is part of a much-loved walking route, spanning around the area’s Mountain Park. The cheekily named ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is on the Legnabrocky Trail; initially designed to protect surrounding blanket bog from erosion at the hands (or feet) of keen walkers, it’s a wooden staircase that winds up the mountainside for 450 steps, before reaching the summit plateau. Here, you will be able to observe the overwhelming beauty of rolling hills, endless skies and phenomenal views of Fermanagh and beyond – plus snap your Instagram photo too.
Mersea Island, Essex, England
There’s nothing quite as relaxing as a seaside walk – but for the savvy social media users among us, this is only made better by quaint, colourful beach huts. If that sounds like you, Mersea may just be worth a visit. A small island off the Essex coast, Mersea boasts some of the most adorable pastel beach huts, in pretty lilacs, peachy pinks and lemon yellows. Time your trip for early evening on a clear day, and take advantage of the setting sunset illuminating your ‘gramworthy shot.
Mermaid Street, Rye, East Sussex, England
With a rich and varied history and just two miles from the sea, the small town of Rye in East Sussex is a maze of winding streets and gorgeous cottages. But Mermaid Street stands out amongst the rest of the town, thanks to its charming array of higgledy piggledy, ivy-strewn houses and wide, cobblestone pavements. Dress up in your favourite winter warmers, pack yourself a flask of coffee, and get ready to pose for a photo straight out of a Richard Curtis romcom.
Glasgow Mural Trail, Glasgow, Scotland
Since its inception in 2008, local artists have teamed up with the Glasgow City Council to create intricate and colourful street art around the city, with the intention to “rejuvenate streets and revitalise buildings and vacant sites”. From an impressive portrait of Scottish hero Billy Connolly, to a quirky depiction of a ‘modern day Saint Mungo’ – the city’s patron saint – there’s something along the trail for everyone (not to mention plenty of photo opportunities too.)
St Paul's Cathedral, London, England
One of the best known spots in the capital, London’s St Paul’s Cathedral is normally buzzing with tourists as well as local city workers nipping out of the office for their daily Pret A Manger wrap. But, with current Covid restrictions leaving the area largely empty, there’s no better time to get your Instagram shot in front of the impressive building. The surrounding area is beautiful too, with iconic views of the River Thames from the nearby Millennium Bridge.
Rows of perfectly painted, colourful houses are every Instagrammers dream, and luckily, the small, charming town of Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, Wales, has them in abundance. And while tourists flock to the streets of Notting Hill, Bristol and Brighton to snap a well-curated photo in front of the bright buildings, Llandeilo remains a largely undiscovered gem. The perfect pic for the ‘Gram, while avoiding crowds? We’re sold.
Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales, England
The Yorkshire Dales are well known for their beauty, with thousands of miles of moors, valleys and hills pieced together by relaxing walks, quaint villages, and the exceptionally photographic Ribblehead Viaduct. As well as being steeped in history – the crossing took almost five years and a team of 2300 men to construct – it still serves as part of the Settle-Carlise line today. So, if you time your photograph right, you just might catch a train trundling across the 24 arches.