Does your Instagram account need a boost or are you looking for some inspiration then look no further than Cornwall. It will be difficult to find a location that has more to offer in terms of natural rugged beauty and fabulous photo opportunities.
A natural oasis of beautiful sandy beaches, rugged coastline, wild moorlands, charming fishing villages, historic ports, and exceptional attractions. The difficulty will be narrowing down what and where you should visit for that winning photo.
This is where we step in to offer some guidance on where to go for the best photo opportunities and you will soon have them gracing your Instagram account...
Well, we have to include a beach destination, but where to choose for that ultimate photo shot. Singling out one beach with so many beautiful beaches deserving of this accolade was not easy. For us it has to be Kyance Cove, with its beauty, intrigue and dramatic views. The contrasting white sandy shore and calm turquoise seas are picture perfect but add in the dark red and green serpentine rock stacks for a breathtaking sight. Not surprising it is one of the most photographed locations in Cornwall. Take a visit to this pretty cove at low tide to explore the lovely caves, towering rock stacks and islands, marvel as the sun dances on the brilliant clear waters. A beautiful and remarkable landscape.
Land's End is a must while here, you cannot visit Cornwall and not come to the world famous Land's End signpost, marking the most south-westerly point of mainland Britain. This iconic landmark sits amongst stunning rugged cliffs, beautiful coastal paths and countryside, with incredible sweeping views of a constantly changing landscape depending on the weather.
Boscastle is a picturesque fishing village with a natural harbour, and one of Cornwall's most charming villages. Remote with a rugged beauty it embodies romanticism and has long associations with authors and artists who are drawn by its allure. Surrounded by stunning countryside and set in a steep, narrow ravine, the village is a haven of chocolate-box cottages full of character and quaint old buildings home to local art galleries, craft workshops and potteries. Make your way to the Lookout; it is an excellent vantage point from which to view the rugged coastline. Nearby is the sacred site Saint Nectan's Glen a spectacular 60 foot waterfall splashing through a hole in the rocks and tumbling into the waters below. There are a further two waterfalls and beautiful walks through the lush forest totally unspoiled by humans.
Minack Theatre is a unique and beautiful theatre carved into the granite cliff and is perched precariously high above the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of beautiful golden sands, simply awesome. Hosting a full programme of events including plays, drama, opera and musicals during the summer months. The location is so photogenic with stunning views of the coastline in both directions. Set amongst glorious gardens with a Mediterranean feel. Even if you don't manage to see a spectacular performance, you will not be disappointed with this unusual but totally instagrammable location.
Tintagel Castle remains are surrounded by myths and legends and dominates Cornwall's north coast, situated between Padstow and Bude. This brooding ancient castle clings to the edge of dramatic and rugged cliffs with breathtaking views and a long history. Now after more than 500 years the two separated halves of Tintagel Castle have been reconnected thanks to a new footbridge which is thrilling to walk across. Tintagel has long been associated with stories of King Arthur and Merlin, and served as the inspiration for many writers and artists, let it now be your inspiration for that perfect photograph amongst the natural beauty of the headland.
St Michaels Mount
St Michaels Mount is a tiny tidal island situated in Mount's Bay, at low tide it can be reached by a man-made granite causeway at other times there is a boat to ferry visitors to and from the island, which consists of a small village and gardens. The island is immersed with myths and legends dating back to the 3rd century; legend has it the mount was built by a giant and halfway up to the castle lies a heart-shaped stone, believed to belong to the giant. Continue on up the path, and you will reach the ancient castle. From here there are stunning panoramic views of the bay and beyond.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan encompass 200 acres of enchanting and mystical grounds in a beautiful natural landscape. A botanical paradise waiting to be explored with wildlife, sub tropical plants, sculptures, stunning formal gardens, kitchen gardens, glass houses, woodland and a rope bridge. Photo opportunities abound as you meander through the path ways of these extensive gardens. Magical, beautiful, romantic, fascinating, inspirational just a sample of words to describe this wonderful natural playground.
Bodmin Moor has a mystical allure. It is Cornwall's most remote, wild and roughest terrain. A wild, windswept and craggy moor offering many historical attractions and with many legends associated with it, it is supposedly the final resting place of King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur. Brimming with natural colour, lush woods, a blue lake, sparkling rivers and where wildlife roams freely in this unforgiving landscape. From the summit of Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall, there are far reaching views of the spectacular surrounding countryside. Bodmin Moor is a slice of rural paradise that has been unspoiled by man, providing alternating appearances depending on the weather and seasons but always fascinating.
Menacuddle Holy Well
Menacuddle Holy Well is a 15th century well-house that is a little known gem here in Cornwall, situated in a beautiful glade close to St Austell. It was obscured by overgrowth and weeds for decades until uncovered by a group of volunteers, now it is one of the most picturesque sites here in Cornwall and work continues to return the area to its former glory. It is reached by crossing a little bridge over the river, a Gothic archway leads inside and to the clear water of the spring. Outside is a little waterfall in front of the well and there is also the Druids Chair, a rock bearing the shape of a chair. The waters are said to have healing powers. Simply stunning especially in the summer when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.
Rame Head is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sitting on a dramatic headland are the ruins of 14th century St Michael's Chapel, a small derelict chapel which also served as a lighthouse. A serene and stunning location, surrounded by cliffs and small sandy bays and with marvelous views of the coast for a long way in both directions. Atop of this promontory is the perfect spot to watch yachts sailing past, as horses graze nearby and the smell of heather permeates the air. Not the easiest of climbs to reach here but definitely worth the challenge, the rewards are amazing.