The 11 best landscape locations for photographers in the UK

7. Southwold Pier, Suffolk 

Though the bigger Cromer Pier, 60 miles up the road in Norfolk, often gets more coverage, Southwold’s pier is a Suffolk gem – and arguably more picturesque, too. 

You can park right next to the pier and you'll find you're spoilt for compositions. After shooting the colourful beach huts, you could set-up to include one of the rocky groynes on the north side, or you could choose set up on the south side of the pier and capture the lights illuminating the boardwalk when dusk falls. 

A third option would be to head to the end of the pier and shoot back towards the town, as this view would also include the famous Southwold lighthouse.

8. Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire

Image: Michael Beckwith via Unsplash

Image: Michael Beckwith via Unsplash

One of the best examples of industry juxtaposed against the landscape, the viaduct (which dates from 1874 for all you history buffs) spans 400 metres over the Ribble valley.

Photographers can choose to drop the car off at the nearby car park, or alight at Ribblehead train station, which is on the Settle-Carlisle line. The walking track makes for an interesting wavy leading line, but other photographers choose to backlit the viaduct to throw it into silhouette.

9. Black Rock Cottage, Highlands

This desolate cottage, dwarfed by the mountains in the background, has a rather surprising neighbour.

Just two minutes walk to the left of the cottage is Glencoe Mountain Centre, which means there’s plenty of parking, ablutions and also somewhere to grab refreshments. 

This scene always benefits from an ND grad filter to balance the foreground and sky and, on a windy day, to capture a hint of movement in the passing clouds. 

The location is very easy to find: simply head north on the A82 (pretending you’re James Bond from Skyfall) and you’ll see the cottage and mountain centre on your left.

10. Buachallie Etive Mor, Highlands

Bizarrely, two of Scotland’s best photo locations are within five minutes drive of each other. 

Although the epic view of Buachaille looks like you’d have to hike into the moor for miles, it’s also just two minutes from the A82 and five minutes north of Black Rock Cottage. There’s a small parking area and the waterfalls are a 30-second walk from there. 

Taking up a low viewpoint will make more of the little waterfalls and an ND filter will blur the flowing water too. Ideally, visit when there’s snow capping the mountain for extra atmosphere. 

There's a bunkhouse just five minutes away, should you wish to stay and explore the area.

11. Giant’s Causeway, Co. Antirm

Image: Margo Brodowicz via Unsplash

Image: Margo Brodowicz via Unsplash

They say the best things in life are free, but use of the Giant’s Causeway National Trust facilities will actually cost money, so check the website for the tariff. That said, pedestrian access is free and the view is certainly worth any parking charge. 

Located in Country Antrim, on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the steps are actually interlocking hexagonal columns of basalt rock. 

Full of texture and tone, the location is ideal for experimenting with black and white and, although shooting in Raw is the best approach, setting your camera’s Picture Style or Art Filter to black and white can give you an idea of how the scene will look without colour.

All images: Matty Graham (unless otherwise stated)