Not to sound melodramatic, but making this list was one of the hardest things I've ever done, and I'm still agonizing over whether I got it right or not. Given that the United Kingdom encompasses England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (covering 93,628 miles), picking the top ten "most instagrammable" spots was practically impossible, but I've done my best.
There is much to see and enjoy in the U.K., but I've purposely kept certain touristy spots, like Stonehenge, off of the list in order to highlight some of the lesser-known gems that were practically made for the 'gram. Here goes nothing!
10. Castle Combe, England
Castle Combe, often referred to as "the prettiest village in England," has been used as the filming location for many different films/shows, including Steven Spielberg's War Horse and Downtown Abbey. This picturesque, medieval English village sits on the edge of the Bybrook River in the Wiltshire Cotswolds and looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. Lucky for us, the quintessential stonewall cottages and narrow bridges are 100% real and just begging to be instagrammed.
9. Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
At first glance, the Giant's Causeway looks like a manmade structure, but what appears to be artistic stepping stones is actually 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The site is steeped in myth and legends involving Irish warriors and Scottish giants, and is considered one of the most unique geological wonders in the world. There are many beautiful places to visit in Ireland, but as they say on the Causeway's website, "to stroll on the Giant's Causeway is to voyage back in time."
8. Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
Next time you visit Edinburgh, Scotland, be sure to add Arthur's Seat to your essential weekend itinerary, because it's an amazing Instagram shot just waiting to happen. Famous author Robert Louis Stevenson once described this place as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design," which is basically Victorian-speak for "OMG, fam, you've got to see this!"
Don't worry, it's relatively easy to climb and provides amazing panoramic views of the city and beyond. Get your phone ready, because the great views start almost immediately and get more and more dramatic (and Instagram-worthy) the higher you go.
7. Searcys At The Gherkin, London
In case you're unaware, the Gherkin is London's most recognizable, unusually-shaped skyscraper that sits right across from Tower Bridge. The building is currently home to many companies, but Searcy's lounge bar/restaurant sits at the very top, with stunning 360 degree views of the city. Unfortunately, Searcy's is an exclusive hang out for the people who work at the Gherkin, but if you know someone who works there (or if you purchase a yearly membership), this view could be yours to enjoy and 'gram about. While you're living large, why not stay in one of these swanky, 5-star hotels?
6. Durdle Door, England
Durdle Door is an iconic natural limestone arch that sits on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, and anyone who visits England owes it to their Instagram account to go there. During your visit, be sure to walk the South West Coast Path, which offers amazing coastal views and brings you to other Instagram-able locales, such as the famous Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole. The landscape around Durdle Door has also been used in many movies, including Wilde starring Stephen Fry, and Nanny McPhee starring Emma Thompson.
5. Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Have you always wanted to visit a castle that looks like it came straight out of a fairyale?! Look no further, because we've found one in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that will have you (and your Instagram followers) screaming. Dunnottar Castle, perched dramatically on a cliffside next to the North Sea, was once owned by one of the most powerful families in Scotland and even housed the Scottish crown jewels during Oliver Cromwell's invasion in the 17th century. It's historic, dramatic, haunting, romantic, and perfect for Instagram.
4. Sketch, London
Sketch has been called "the most beautiful restaurant in London," but I think it should be renamed "the most Instagram-able restaurant in London," because this place is insane! Don't believe me? This venue has so much color and personality that people often come to it just for the photo ops, despite the fact that it also serves amazing scones, caviar and macaroons. Different rooms have different themes, from bubblegum pink velvet booths, rainbow ceiling tiles, to the most instagrammed toilets in the world. Seriously, this place is nuts.
3. Sgwd Yr Eira, Wales
There are definitely bigger, more spectacular waterfalls to see in the world, but this one is special because it simply looks so out of place. Sgwd Yr Eira literally translates to "fall of snow" and is found in Wales' Brecon Beacons, despite looking like some kind of tropical oasis in Thailand. Visitors can walk behind the falls for the perfect Instagram shot, thanks to the curtain of water being sheer enough to see the person posing behind it!
2. Kynance Cove, Cornwall, England
Prepare to take some gram-worthy beach photos, because the BBC has described Kynance Cove as "one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South West." The cove, adorned with spectacular volcanic rocks jutting out of the sea, has had many distinguished visitors including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the poet Alfred Tennyson. Kynance Cove is also known for its white sand and turquoise waters and is often featured on lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Pack your bags!
1. Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull, Scotland
Langamull Beach is proof that you don't have to go to the Caribbean to enjoy turquoise-colored waters! This glistening, white sand beach is one of the Isle of Mull's best-kept-secrets, as most visitors who walk there discover their own private oasis with absolutely no one in sight! This isn't the beach to go to if you're into people-watching, but it's definitely a great destination for those of you who enjoy solitude, clear waters, and an entire beach to yourself. Instagram boyfriends, don't be shy, nobody's watching!