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Sutherland one of top spots to see sunsets


By Ali Morrison

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Sutherland is one of the best places in the UK to see glorious sunsets and sunrises, according to a holiday property letting firm.

Holiday Cottages went on the hunt in 2020 – the year of the staycation – for the spots where the best sunsets and sunrises could be seen.

It's not just at Sandwood Bay that you can see a glorious sunset. George Macintosh, Bettyhill, took this stunning image looking over Torrisdale Bay.
It's not just at Sandwood Bay that you can see a glorious sunset. George Macintosh, Bettyhill, took this stunning image looking over Torrisdale Bay.

It invited customers to submit photos of sunrises and sunsets they had taken on holiday and then all the images were put to a public vote in order to find the favourites.

More than 250 photos were submitted and 15,000 votes received.

Holiday Cottages then drew up a list of the top 10 spots, based on the images with the most votes - and a destination in Sutherland features on the list.

Topping the list is Sandbanks in Dorset with Macclesfield Forest, Cheshire, a close second.

In third place is Blenclathra, Lake District, followed by Snowdon, Wales, and Watergate Bay in Cornwall.

In sixth spot is Perranporth in Cornwall, while in seventh place comes an image taken at Sutherland's very own Sandwood Bay by Glasgow based blogger Alexs Smith.

Holiday Cottages said of her image: "Scotland with its many peaks and waterways is home to plenty of incredible places to catch a sunset, but this one really captures the serenity of the country with a perfectly speckled sky, calming waves and a deep colour palate forming a picturesque composition."

Counting down Watermouth Harbour in Devon is in eighth place, Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, in ninth and Morte Point in Devon takes the tenth spot.

According to online property search company Zoopla, searches for where to see the best sunsets rose by a staggering 105 per cent in July.


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