Update: This post was originally posted on 8th October 2019 but after changing my website this post had to be re-published due to technical issues.
I think everyone has a list of places that they want to visit and I’m no different and I thought I’d share with you my UK bucket list
1. The Isle of Skye
This photo just proves why Isle of Skye is on my bucket list, it is just a breath-taking place. And with it being the largest of the inner Hebridean islands there is going to be plenty of opportunities to taking photographs.
Many years ago, I worked in an office where I was sending engineers there and I had to arrange their accommodation so spent time talking to local business people. Everyone I spoke to was so friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful, and when the engineers returned they said the same thing. So this coupled with the beautifully rugged scenery the Isle of Skye is definitely on my bucket list.
2. The outer Hebrides
The Outer Hebrides are also known as the Western Isles are a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland and when a storm comes in off the Atlantic, they get well and truly battered. But to me this only adds to their charm. Not only does it have stunning scenery and its people are renowned for being friendly and welcoming it’s also a great place to see some amazing wildlife including eagles and otters. For these reasons the Outer Hebrides are on my bucket list.
3. The isles of Iona and Mull
Like my first two locations on my bucket list I am still in Scotland (what can I say I love my home country) but we are now back to the Inner Hebrides with Iona and Mull.
Mull is the larger of these two islands and in fact it is the second largest inner Hebridean island. Now I was always aware of Mull as my mum’s family lived in the Argyll and Bute area which includes the Isle of Mull, I hadn’t looked at it until I became a mum and my little one started watching Balamory. I can still remember the theme tune ‘what’s the story in Balamory wouldn’t you like to know’ I am now going to have that in my head all day. Despite the annoyingly catchy theme tune and the fact that my little one was always dismayed when it finished. For me it showed me the beautiful scenery of the island that before then I hadn’t given much thought to.
The isle of Iona was another island that I was introduced to through watching the tv but this time not one of my daughters’ programmes but an actual factual programme aimed at adults (for all the parents reading this I know it’s strange to think I actually managed to get a chance to watch one of my own programmes 😊). Now I can’t quite remember now which programme it was but what I do remember was thinking how beautiful the island looked and interesting with an interesting history. It was where Saint Columbus created a monastery after being exiled from Ireland in 563 and has since become a holy island where some of Scotland’s kings have been buried. To my understanding the original monastery is no longer standing but there are the ruins of a later monastery.
Due to these reasons these two Islands are on my bucket list but with them being so close to each other they are being put in as the one entry.
4. Up Helly aa, Shetland
Every year in Shetland they hold the Up Helly aa and every year it is reported on the Scottish news so growing up in Scotland you at the very least hear about it, however briefly.
Up Helly aa has gone through many transformations over the years from being a rowdy gathering to the now efficiently run community gathering that attracts people from far and wide. And thanks to a small group of men with intellectual interest who wished to inject some new ideas to the proceedings it accumulates with the burning of a Viking long boat.
It is a festival that for many years I have wanted to attend and now that I have found a love for photography, I wish to photograph it too.
5. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands
This viaduct is 1000 feet long and 100 feet high and allows trains to travel between Fort William and Mallaig. It’s a stunning piece of Scottish engineering which has been made famous by its appearance in some of the Harry Potter movies.
It’s not because of its appearance in the movies that has put it on my bucket list but due to its grandeur in an already grand and imposing landscape. To me there is almost nothing as stunning as seeing a picture of a steam train going over this impressive structure. That is why it is on my bucket list, to get me own photo of this iconic landmark.
6. The Great Polish Map of Scotland, Scottish Borders
This possibly doesn’t sound very impressive for a bucket list, I mean who would want to take photos of a map. Well that’s true until you realise that the map is 50 meter by 40 meter scale model of Scotland sculpted out of concrete by a polish war veteran.
After it had been restored back to his former glory it was featured on the BBC series Secret Britain in 2015, and it was while watching this programme I seen the Polish Map. I was so impressed by it I decided I had to add it to my bucket list.
7. The minster, York
I have spent many years going to York on holiday, first with my family in my teens then later with my now ex-husband. In fact, it was outside the Minster that my ex-husband proposed to me many years ago now. And despite all these visits over the years York is somewhere that I still get enjoyment from visiting, although it has been may years now since I last visited it.
The Minster is a magnificent piece of architecture that dates back to 1080 replacing the wooden Minster that was burnt down in the Harrying of the North in 1069. Since then it was extended in 1225 by Archbishop Walter de grey but this was only the start of the extensions and it took a further 250 years until the building visitors see today can began to emerge. The minster has suffered four major fires over the centuries in 1753, 1829, 1840 and 1984. But every time it has been restored and rebuilt. Lets hope there are no other great fires that damages this wonderful building.
It is still a functioning cathedral but you can go inside without attending any of the services, although if you decide to visit do keep in mind that during your visit there may well be a service on. But aside from this you can now not only see inside the mister but see the undercroft as well as other parts for a small admission fee. And you can take photos inside the Minster although not for commercial use, unless you have prior written permission. So this may well be a trip that I will write about but not be able to put the internal photos up for you to see. However, hopefully that will make you so intrigued to go yourself.
8. The Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden Project is in Cornwall, England and was built in an abandoned quarry. It houses a rainforest, a western Australian garden as well as many more things. The reason it is on my bucket list is because I have a strong interest in macro photography and having seen clips of the Eden project on tv and you tube it became another must visit for me.
9. Lake District, England
I spent many holidays growing up going to different parts of the Lake District and its stunning scenery has always left an impression on me. So much so that when I took up photography it was one of the places I was determined to visit. Unfortunately, I’ve not had much of a chance to get there in the last few years but I am determined to make it back down there as soon as I can and capture some of those amazing views.
10. The New Forest, England
This is a unique place in the south of England where horses, pigs and cattle roam free. It’s an ancient forest with it’s history as a royal forest going back to William the Conqueror in 1079. It is frequently featured on tv and in films including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves as well as many others. Its natural beauty has always appealed to me and now when I see photos of it or scenes on tv I look at it from a photographer’s point of view. And would very much like to capture it on my camera.
I’m afraid there aren’t any items from Wales at the moment but I’m sure in time that will change. If anyone has any suggestions of places in Wales to visit I’d love to hear about them.