With staycations becoming increasingly popular due to ongoing travel restrictions, there’s never been a better time to explore the beauty of our country – including some unforgettable sunrises and sunsets right on our doorstep.

holidaycottages.co.uk went on the hunt for the UK’s best sunrises and sunsets, and more than 750 photos and 15,000 votes later, here are the top five sun-watching locations in the UK. Get your cameras at the ready!

1) Sandbanks, Dorset

Dorset is a stunning county, and a worthy location of taking the crowning position and our number 1 sunset watching spot in the UK. Capturing the romance amongst the palm trees with the glorious glow reflected between the bobbing boats, you’d barely believe this shot was taken in the UK and not on a tropical island!

Image by Carl Draper @WavesliderPhotography

2) Macclesfield Forrest, Chesire

Coming in at a very close second, Macclesfield Forest in Cheshire looks like something straight out of a romantic novel. The way the sun disappears beneath the hill makes for a majestic view; the perfect place to enjoy an autumnal sunset.

Image by @lanelifestyle

3) Blencathra, Lake District

The Lake District is renowned for awe-inspiring views, but this one really is quite something else. The vivid orange lighting up the sky contrasted with the dramatic, mighty mountains; it’s the kind of sight that takes your breath away with its beauty.

Image by Tim Holt @timholt

4) Snowdon, Wales

The top-rated sunrise in our list goes to Snowdon in Wales! Those who have climbed Snowdon in Wales will already be able to appreciate the magic of the view, but the sunrise captured in this shot is something we rarely get to enjoy. The combination of dramatic terrains paired with the mystic clouds and the colours of the sun really are something to marvel over.

Image by @emmacmarshall

5) Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Watergate Bay in Cornwall rounds up our top five best sunsets. The pastel tones merge together so perfectly in this photo, it’s quite possibly one of the most Instagrammable images we saw throughout the competition. All this picture needs is to be framed and hung up!

Image by @adventures_by_the_sea


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