UK’s best wild beauty spots revealed by MINI

Gareth Herincx

3 days ago
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MINI Countryman

MINI UK has discovered the Top 10 wildest beauty locations in the UK, helping Countryman owners beat the busiest spots for an off the beaten track adventure this summer.

From waterways to peaks and underground caves, more than 100 nature-based destinations were identified and judged against two sets of criteria – popularity and wildness. The average of these scores then determined the best, undiscovered and wild hidden gems of 2021.

Taking the number one spot is Uyea in Shetland, Scotland, an uninhabited island which lies off the Northmavine peninsula and is only accessible at low tide. There are several natural arches along its rocky coastline and challenging rock climbs, making it the perfect destination for the avid adventurer.

Top 10 ‘wild wonder’ destinations

Rank Location County Country
1 Uyea Shetland Scotland
2 Llyn Dinas Gwynedd Wales
3 Binevenagh County Londonderry Northern Ireland
4 Gaping Gill North Yorkshire England
5 Whiteless Pike Cumbria England
6 Llyn Glaslyn Gwynedd Wales
7 Pedn Vounder Beach Cornwall England
8 Sgwd Yr Eira Powys Wales
9 The Roaches Staffordshire England
10 Fingal’s Cave Inverness-shire Scotland

MINI reckons the Countryman is the ideal companion for a wild, go-anywhere adventure, offering the perfect balance of space and versatility.

It has plenty of room on the inside to pack everything owners need to explore the great outdoors, plus the roof rack means bringing along bikes, surfboards or extra luggage is made easy.

To discover more than 100 hidden gem locations and find those closest to you, try MINI’s new interactive map.

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Most drivers planning UK staycations

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Gareth Herincx

12 hours ago
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The vast majority of British motorists are planning summer staycations, despite the easing of international travel restrictions, claims new research.

According to the study by Autoglass, the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement company, four in five (85%) drivers will be heading out to explore homegrown attractions.

This is a significant increase from 2017 when a third of British adults said they were planning to holiday in the UK.

More than half (57%) of road users will take trips to the countryside, while 56% are heading off to the seaside, with just 15% saying they are unlikely to visit any UK attractions by car this summer.  

Nearly half (47%) of car owners surveyed said they expect to use their vehicles more frequently in the next three months, with only 7% of respondents saying they will drive less.  

Those drivers that are likely to use their car more frequently say this is due to discomfort around taking public transport and increasing Covid-19 infection rates, while those saying they will use their car less frequently attribute this to still working from home, changing holiday plans, and the delay to loosening restrictions from 21 June.  


Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who’s worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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