The 10 UK Instagram accounts you need to follow in 2018

Posted by Simon Lockyer on 22nd December 2017

UK Instagram accounts to follow

The UK is packed with so many incredible things to see and do it’s hard to know where to start. Luckily, there are hundreds of photographers around the country sharing stunning images on their Instagram accounts daily, highlighting the areas of beauty they call home.

With our huge range of UK holiday cottages, we’re always looking for the best Instagram accounts to follow up and down the country – but now we want to share the best of our finds with you. That’s why we’ve collated a list of our favourite Instagrammers who capture their local area in their own unique way.

From striking seascapes, to ancient views of Scotland, via rustic countryside vistas; these are the 10 UK Instagram accounts you need to follow in 2018.


Tilly Rose is @thatoxfordgirl; an account which showcases the charm of Oxford from an Oxford University student’s perspective. Her Instagram is full of lovely shots of the university and its adjoining colleges, while images of the city’s picturesque streets and architecture are never far behind.

“Every corner you turn in the centre of Oxford leads to a beautiful new view but where are the must-see places if you're spending a day in the city? Let me take you on a tour,” she writes in her Tour of Oxford blog, showcasing the panoramic views from St Mary’s Tower, the spectacular Radcliffe Camera and more.


Olivia’s shot selection flits between striking coastlines, attractive countryside and picture-perfect portraits – and we’re delighted to say that she’s going to be our featured Instagram photographer in January!

Every month in 2018 will be selecting one Instagrammer from a different spot around the country to take over our Instagram feed, populating it with hidden spots and home-grown treasures that only a true local would know about.

On Friday January 19th, Olivia, from Falmouth in Cornwall, posted her lovely content on our page, showcasing the beautiful area in which she lives through her authentic imagery and style.

Make sure you take a look at the feed on our Instagram account to see her lovely shots.



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Although based in Lancashire, Jay Mayne (jay.mayne) floods his feed with shots from all over; including the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. His shots showcase the beauty of the UK countryside, with his love for a hike helping him get to stunning viewpoints.

He said: “My go-to place in Lancashire is a little hidden gem called White Coppice. A small area of countryside which has so much to enjoy like waterfalls, moorland, woodland, reservoirs, lakes and wildlife all within easy walking distance.

“It's a great place to go all year round but especially in some nice summer sun and in autumn when the colours are at their best!”



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Kim Stone, aka @Kistography, is a gem of a photographer, capturing and sharing the rural, wild beauty of Devon on an almost daily basis. Her shots often have a coastal theme, with Instow, Westward Ho! and Saunton being among her favourite shooting locations. She also shares some beautiful scenes from further afield – including trips from her travels which have recently taken her as far as Cambodia.

Kim said: “A favourite hidden gem of mine is Mouthmill Beach which is situated between Clovelly and Hartland and is home to the magnificent Blackchurch Rock. This isolated cove is a fantastic spot away from the crowds. I love to visit here in late spring when the bluebells are blooming in the woods nearby.”


The Yorkshire coast is dramatic enough at the best of times. But when you get a talented photographer capturing moody skies, rugged cliffs and angry waves in black and white, you can’t help but sit up and take notice of the wild beauty.

That’s exactly what Scott Grant (@onesideofthesea) offers, with poetic captions further adding to the reasons why you should have him in your feed throughout 2018.

Of his favourite place to visit and photograph, Scott said: “I’d recommend Staithes in summer, with a calm sea, beautiful sky, and a handful of interesting shops and galleries to visit.”


Awesome aerial shots, stunning starry skies and otherworldly night shoots await you with Alyn Wallace (@alynwallace), a Welsh photographer whose photos always give us chills.

When asked his favourite place to visit, Alyn said “it has to be the Brecon Beacons”.

He added: “There's no better place to kick back, unwind and take in the fresh air. It's difficult to pick a favourite season; I love autumnal walks through waterfall country, snowy adventures on the mountain tops or the green rolling hills of spring and summer but what really does it for me is the dark skies.

“As a Dark Sky Reserve it's protected against light pollution and there's nothing more therapeutic than a night under the stars.”


Another South West-based photographer is Lauren McGill (@nytoanywhere), whose beautiful shots often find us feeling a pinch of wanderlust. She’s often found with her camera in Cornwall and Dorset, while she is based in the gorgeous seaside village of Croyde, North Devon.

She added: “It has your key ingredients for a relaxing couple of days away; a stunning beach, great coastal walks, including the stunning Baggy Point National Trust loop, as well as a couple of cosy, friendly pubs.

“In my opinion, the best time of the year to visit Devon is in the fall. By September, the summer crowds have gone – but the weather can actually be nicer than July or August. There have been many times where I’ve simply packed a picnic and headed to the dunes to enjoy some sun.”


Wonderful green and orange hues are prevalent in Lloyd Evans’ work, with shots of coast and countryside working seamlessly together. The Bath-based photographer (on Instagram as @alka.lloyd) says that his home city is “beautiful all year round but is at its best in the autumn time”.

He added: “The colour of the Bath stone and Georgian architecture really compliments the browns and reds from the falling leaves. 22 Queen Square is a must visit at this time, while another must visit spot is down by the Weir looking towards Pulteney Bridge.

“Finally, a trip to Bath wouldn't be complete without visiting the Roman Baths ideally early in the morning - when if it’s cold enough you get a light mist across the Great Bath during the autumn and winter season.”


Beautiful imagery aside, we’re big fans of Oliver Jordan’s (@mr.olly) captions. Sometimes you just need to let the photo do the talking, and Oliver does this so well, with minimal yet informative descriptions giving excellent insight to his photos – the majority of which are taken in the South West.

On his favourite South West location, he said: “There is nothing I enjoy more than a trip to Lyme Regis in late summer. It’s one of those places that has something for everyone; a fantastic beach, a town full of great shops but my personal favourite has to be the amazing views out to sea from the famous Cobb.

“Sitting on the harbour wall watching the sunset is the perfect way to finish off the evening.”


Laura’s snaps of Scotland compel you to take a trip north. Her Insta-feed shows a superb seasonal selection of rugged landscapes, ruined castles and charming architecture. If time isn’t on your side, she recommends seeing Edinburgh, which she describes as gifting “a decent dram of the country’s flavour”.

She added: “If you’re visiting Edinburgh the tourist routes may be on your list… but if you prefer to live like a local, I’ve got a few suggestions. Eye up the Georgian architecture of the New Town as you weave through the quiet quarters of Stockbridge and Canonmills, stopping by the Botanics before seeing twilight at photogenic Dean Village. Every season’s a stunner in Edinburgh but spring especially so, as the new leaves unfold, and dots of bright-pink blossom appear in the city’s corners.”

Get more guides for Edinburgh and nearby day trips on Laura’s blog.


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