Best Lakes to Visit in the UK: Loch Ness, Llangorse, the Loe and More!

best lakes to visit in the UK

With so many of us now talking about staycations with the cost of living climbing and the cost of flights doing likewise, many are looking for new things to do in the UK. For those who admire in-credible views and relaxing walks, the UK is home to some of the most beautiful lakes in Europe, any of which could provide a glorious backdrop to your family holiday next half-term break or your romantic getaway next weekend.

Best Lakes To Visit In The UK

Of course, there are over 40,000 lakes in the UK and not all of them are worth travelling to see. With that in mind, here are some of the very best lakes to visit in the UK. Note that, if you’re travel-ling by car to any of these great lakes, you might want to take out temporary car insurance, as some of the roads leading to them can be quite treacherous!

#1. Loch Ness, Scotland

The mighty Loch Ness is the deepest in the country, which might explain why it’s become notorious as the home of the so-called 'Loch Ness Monster'.

top lakes to visit in the UK

You might not catch sight of Nessy, of course, but it’s still an incredibly beautiful area that extends for around 23 miles.

#2. Ullswater, Cumbria, Lake District

The Lake District’s second-largest lake is around 7.5 miles long and boasts some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever set your sights on. If you're up for it you could even tackle the 20-mile loop around the whole lake. Another great starting point for a hike is by the Helvellyn mountain, the area is also surrounded by many small pubs and villages.

#3. Kielder Water, Northumberland

The largest artificial lake in the UK was built between 1975 and 1981 and is surrounded by idyllic pine forests. If you’re a fan of camping and the great outdoors in general, you’ll find plenty to do here and if a tent seems a bit like slumming it, there are lots of luxury log cabins in the area.

#4. The Loe, Cornwall

Situated at the southeast point of mainland Britain, this fishhook-shaped lake is separated from the sea by a sliver of a beach, making it perfect for those that long for a day by the seaside but also want to enjoy a decent walk.

most famous lakes to visit in the UK

An ideal day trip for those holidaying in the local area!

#5. Llangorse, Brecon Beacons

The largest natural lake in Wales is very popular for fishermen and boating. It’s also known as a site of scientific importance and is the location of one of the only know Crannogs still in existence. These are ancient lake defences that really need to be seen to be believed.

#6. Wimbleball Lake, Somerset

The reservoir that supplies water to Exeter, Barnstaple and Axminster, this hidden gem of a lake s snuggled up in the southeast corner of Exmoor National Park. The rolling hillside is a true spectacle and will remind you just how unique the landscape of the UK really is.

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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