Isles of Scilly named UK’s most scenic destination of outstanding natural beauty
Pockets of historical relics such as Roman brooches and Gallic clay statuettes have been found across the five islands, which lie in the Atlantic Ocean.
With 34 destinations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to choose from, as well as 40 locations in Scotland, 5,813 participants had to evaluate their experience of the UK’s holiday hotspots based on variables including scenery, walks, wildlife and tourist attractions.
The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland was ranked third out of 34 destinations.
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The sprawling sandy beaches by the Northumberland coast were voted a close second. Home to seals, puffins and the occasional dolphin, the low-lying coastline promises opportunities for walks along miles of sandy dunes, marshes and mudflats.
Other highly-ranked destinations include Northern Ireland’s 30km stretch of the Causeway Coast, which is characterized by the basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, as well as Strangford Lough, a bio-diverse sea loch covered in woodland, meadows and marshes.
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