MINI reveals the UK’s best wild beauty spots

MINI UK has revealed the UK’s top ten wildest beauty locations, helping MINI Countryman owners beat the busiest spots for an off the beaten track adventure this summer.

From waterways to peaks and underground caves, over 100 nature-based locations across Britain were identified and judged against two sets of criteria to measure both popularity[1] and wildness[2]. 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.

Here are the top ten ranked ‘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

The MINI Countryman SUV 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 over 100 hidden gem locations and find those closest to you, use the new interactive map here:

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