Most Instagrammable places with Verdant Leisure 

Our parks at Verdant Leisure are situated in some of the most picturesque locations in northern England and Scotland. If you love to hunt out stunning places to photograph during your holiday, then Verdant can provide the perfect base for finding those gems. We’ve rounded up some inspiration for trips near to our parks which will give the wow factor to your Instagram posts. 


Mellerstain House & Gardens, Scottish Borders 

If you love photographing stunning architecture, look no further than this stately home, designed by Scottish architect, William Adam, in 1725 and listed as one of Britain’s Best Stately Homes by The Telegraph. The house is set in an idyllic countryside location with pretty gardens and grounds to wander around. While enjoying the tranquil atmosphere, you’ll find visual treats such as ‘The Tea Cottage’ with its thatched roof and curved walls, which looks to have been plucked straight out of a fairy tale book.  



St Abb’s National Nature Reserve, Berwickshire 

If nature photography is your thing then the glistening blue sea waters, dramatic clifftops and coastal formations of this nature reserve is the perfect place to visit. There’s a vast range of wildlife, birdlife, flora and fauna to snap and spectacular views of the rugged Berwickshire coast. If picture perfect coastal towns get you snapping, then St Abbs is a great destination. This remote fishing village features old fishermen’s cottages tumbling down to the surf-battered harbour and is surrounded by jagged cliffs with a lighthouse nearby. 


Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway 

If you are staying in the south west of Scotland this is a beautiful coastal spot located on the Rhins of Galloway Peninsula. Get your camera ready for immense seaside views, pretty pastel-coloured houses and the historic ruins of Dunskey Castle. There are plenty of beaches, coves and coastal trails for you to explore then relax with some local seafood as you watch the sun set from the harbour. 


Dunkeld, Perthshire 

If you love the dramatic light and shape that forests and woodlands create in your pictures then Perthshire or ‘Big Tree Country’, as it’s often known, offers the perfect opportunity to get some amazing shots of these towering feats of nature. For history buffs, Dunkeld is a lovely little village featuring the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral which stands today as part ruin, part parish church.  It’s home to the tomb of the notorious Wolf of Badenoch, Alexander Stewart, 1st Earl of Buchan. He became known for abusing his power and maintaining a rule of terror across much of the Highlands by imprisoning and murdering those who offended him. 


Kielder Observatory, Northumberland 

If you love night time photography and all things celestial, Northumberland?International Dark Sky Park is?580 square miles of dark sky zone and is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. Within this astronomical oasis is the magnificent Kielder Observatory, a public?star-gazing facility like no other in the UK which offers a truly magical and unique experience.