10 Beautiful UK Destinations that Look Like They’re Abroad

10 Beautiful UK Destinations that Look Like They’re Abroad

Staycation inspiration for those in need of international escapism, these instagrammble UK destinations are doppelgängers for further flung finds.

are the number-one getaway option for 2021, we’re taking a gander
on our doorstep to those pockets of escapism with a more
international flavour. Expect an Amalfi
lookalike, waterfalls to rival the natural beauty of

and Bali‘s
alter ego in… Dorset.

Staycation inspiration for those in need of international

Observatory Gully

Ben Nevis, Scotland

Doppelgänger: Mont Blanc, Alps

Ramble through the Scottish
and you may as well be skimming this famed peak on
the French-Italian border. Rising 1,345m into the clouds, Ben Nevis
is the British Isles’ tallest mountain, so its north-facing gullies
are often dusted with snow.

Stay: Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage

Kynance Cove

Cornwall, United Kingdom

Doppelgänger: Costa Paradiso, Sardinia,

The only thing that differentiates Kynance Cove from its

counterpart is the flourish of moss atop the rocks
that pierce its turquoise waters – oh, and the nearby café selling
Cornish pasties. Head here at low tide to explore a network of

Stay: Scovarn House

Durdle Door

Dorset, England

Doppelgänger: Nusa Penida, Bali

Southeast of mainland Bali, Nusa Penida remains relatively
untrammelled by visitors – and it’s going to stay that way for a
little while longer. For a similar fix of coastal wonder, gawp at
this natural limestone arch carved by the ocean some 10,000 years

Stay: The Pig on the Beach

Mealt Falls

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Doppelgänger: Háifoss, Iceland

As southern Iceland’s Fossá river flows towards the Þjórsá, it
tumbles 122m down a narrow gorge forming the Háifoss waterfall, one
of southern
‘s most stunning. Reaching it can be tricky (though
worth the effort); opt for Skye’s Mealt Falls instead – it’s half
the height, but your followers will never know.

Kinloch Lodge



Doppelgänger: Provence, France

If you’d been hoping to frolic the perfumed fields of Provence
this summer, Norfolk’s lavender meadows are a delightful
alternative. Founded in 1932, this world-famous West
Coast farm
stretches over 100 acres of the Sandringham

The Victoria Inn

Gaping Gill

North Yorkshire, England

Doppelgänger: Son Doong, Vietnam

So vast are the Son Doong caves that they house their own river,
jungle and weather system, as well as the world’s tallest
stalagmites. It’s (quite literally) a big ask to find something
similar in the UK, but Gaping Gill is a good stand-in. Burrowed
into the southern slopes of Ingleborough, it’s Britain’s largest
natural cave.

Stay: Brownber Hall

Cockington Village

Devon, England

Doppelgänger: Veules-les-Roses, Normandy,

While many villages in our green and pleasant land are touted as
“picturesque”, this cluster of thatch-roof cottages on the English
will make you rethink what qualifies as quaint. Sure,
Normandy’s Veules-les-Roses has inspired a gallery’s worth of
artworks, but we’d bet that Cockington will get you just as many
likes on the ‘gram.

Stay: The Pig at Combe


Gwynedd, Wales

Amalfi Coast
, Italy

You’ll probably be hard-pressed to find a glass of limoncello in
this idiosyncratic Welsh village, but its fanciful historic
buildings and smattering of flowers – yes, including bougainvillea
– that lead to the sea make a decent dupe for the Amalfi Coast’s 13
pastel-hued villages. It even has an Italian-style gelato parlour.

Stay: This Grade II-listed cottage

Cheddar Gorge

Somerset, England

Doppelgänger: Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

Just north of Queenstown, above the coursing Shotover River,
Skippers Road creeps along the face of the historic Skippers Canyon
– it can at times make for a nail-biting drive, but the vistas more
than make up for it. While you’re stuck on the other side of the
world, make do with Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills instead.

Stay: The Newt in Somerset

Lunan Bay

Angus, Scotland

Doppelgänger: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, US

The length of the UK’s coastline is about half that of the

– but fear not beach lovers, we have some great stretches
along the shore. Overlooked by the ruins of Red Castle, Lunan Bay’s
windswept blonde dunes are the spitting image of Cape Cod and a
great spot for surfing, horse riding, fishing and birdwatching.

Stay: Taypark House

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