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‘Majestic’ UK destination full of Instagrammable locations with trains from £40



Do it for the ‘gram (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Nice holiday pics you’ve got there – is it Europe? Or South America, maybe? No, it’s Scotland.

It turns out, our northern neighbour has some of the most Instagrammable spots around the UK.

To be more specific, Edinburgh Castle has taken the crown ranking the most Insta-worthy spots in Scotland, with an impressive 723,165 posts using its hashtag on the social media site.

Standing on Castle Rock in the country’s capital, the castle is one of the oldest fortified places in Europe. The stunning sight impresses visitors every year – it received a TripAdvisor ‘Best of the Best Travellers Choice Award’ in 2023, with reviewers calling it ‘majestic’.

Another popular location also features on the new ranking – which you might recognise from hit Netflix show One Day.

Arthur’s Seat – which Emma and Dexter climb on their first date – was voted the sixth most Instagram-friendly location in the country. And reviewers agreed, with visitors describing it as a ‘wonderful place for a romantic couples stroll.’

Edinburgh Castle was voted the most Instagrammable (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Now, anyone who visits the famed spot, perhaps on a date during St Swithin’s Day, might want to recreate the iconic first date seen in the classic love story.

And, while you might think a journey from London to the Scottish capital will set you back a fortune, you’d be wrong. Trainline is currently offering one-way train tickets in May for as little as £39.90. Even on a Friday, you can get to Edinburgh by lunchtime for just £46.

Private Tours Scotland analysed Instagram data for 30 popular Scottish tourist destinations, to uncover which have been tagged the most on the platform by users. 

Closely following first-place Edinburgh castle, second place is Glencoe, its deep valley and towering mountains formed over millennia of shifting glaciers and volcanic eruptions.

The lakes take the next few spots, with Loch Lomond and Loch Ness (perhaps the most well-known) in respective third and fourth place.

While we might know it for its elusive ‘monster’, Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

In fifth place is Cairngorms National Park which is the UK’s largest national park, with breath-taking landscapes including the wild mountains, heather moorlands, forests, and the wetlands and rivers which wind through the flood plains. 

Arthur’s Seat, as seen on One Day, is pictured here with Edinburgh’s skyline in the back (Picture: Getty Images)
Did you spot this famed location in the show? (Picture: Netflix via AP)

The aforementioned Arthur’s Seat takes sixth place, with 305,598 posts using its hashtag. As the highest point of Holyrood Park, Arthur’s Seat is an ancient volcano that sits 251 metres above sea level, giving a spectacular view of the city. Access is free for visitors and is open all year round. 

Following Arthur’s Seat is another famed location – Ben Nevis. The legendary peak of Ben Nevis towers above glistening lakes and deep glacial valleys, with two main walking routes depending on your hiking experience. For those wanting to take the gondola, an adult day pass will cost £24.95. 

The Isle of Arran, with an ever-changing coastline, dramatic mountain peaks, luscious forests, and stunning beaches to suit all visitors, is eighth.

Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain follows Arthur’s Seat on the list (Picture: Getty Images)

Another well-known castle places ninth. Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most recognised castles in Scotland, an iconic monument overlooking the Isle of Skye, where three sea-lochs meet, and is surrounded by the forested mountains of Kintail.

Completing the ten most Instagrammable destinations in Scotland is Stirling Castle, with 92,983 posts using its hashtag.

Once a favoured residence of the Stewart kings and queens, Stirling Castle offers fascinating exhibitions and beautiful gardens to explore at your leisure. Access to the castle is priced at £16.50 for an adult ticket. 

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