20 beautiful places in the UK to spend the May bank holiday

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Moya Crockett

When it comes to making the most of a bank holiday weekend, good intentions often come to naught. Grand ideas about how you’ll maximise your time off – maybe you’ll go on a European city break! You’ve always wanted to visit Lisbon! – dissolve with the realisation that, yet again, you’ve left it far too late to book anything. Cue: yet another weekend getting gently sloshed in the pub down the road.

And that’s all well and good. But if you’re desperate to get away from it all this bank holiday weekend, there are plenty of heart-stoppingly gorgeous places to visit in the UK.

Click below for 20 Instagram snaps guaranteed to inspire a home-grown adventure – no passport required.

  • Durdle Door, Dorset, England

    Photo: thenarratographer / Instagram

  • Isle of Iona, Scotland

    Photo: jnr_burt / Instagram

  • Mourne Mountains, County Down, Northern Ireland 

    Photo: megangordon97 / Instagram

  • Birling Gap, East Sussex, England

    Picture: nationaltrust / Mike Clayton / Instagram

  • The Cuillin mountains, the Isle of Skye

    Photo: caldamac / Instagram

  • Loughgall, Armagh, Northern Ireland

    Photo: trevjsimpson / Instagram

  • Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, England

    Photo: oneyorkshire / Instagram


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Moya Crockett

Moya is Contributing Women’s Editor at and Deputy Editor of Stylist Loves, Stylist's daily email newsletter. Carrying a bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.