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Snowdonia, the Highlands and Stonehenge provide some of the most spectacular views in the UK

Anyone who has travelled around the UK will know that incredible views abound – but a new survey has revealed that Snowdonia, the Scottish Highlands and Stonehenge are considered the best of the best by people around the UK.

Mount Snowdon shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality.
Mount Snowdon shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality. Image by Matthew Cattell/Samsung Galaxy S8

More than 2500 respondents voted on what they felt were the most incredible views in the country. The study was commissioned for the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone, which will be released in the UK on 28 April. The company is promoting the phone’s “premium best-in-class camera”, and used it to create a series of photographs of the top spots.

Cheddar Gorge shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality.
Cheddar Gorge shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality. Image by Matthew Cattell/Samsung Galaxy S8

The view that received the highest accolades was getting a glimpse of lake Llyn Llydaw from the summit of Snowdon, located within Wales’ Snowdonia National Park, which was created in 1951. When it comes to what was popular around the country, there were a few different factors that respondents found made for a “quintessentially British view”, with 42% saying it was rolling countryside, 21% saying rugged coastlines, and 20% saying country villages.

Stonehenge shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality.
Stonehenge shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality. Image by Matthew Cattell/Samsung Galaxy S8

Since most smartphone users are quick to post their most beautiful images on Instagram, the survey also revealed that the top subject to make you friends jealous is a gorgeous view at 47%. To celebrate the best, Samsung commissioned a new photography project of the best views from Matthew Cattell – Britain’s current Landscape Photographer of the Year – shot entirely on a Galaxy S8.

Buttermere, Lake District shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality.
Buttermere, Lake District shot using the smartphone to showcase the groundbreaking ‘Infinity Display’ screen and incredible camera functionality. Image by Matthew Cattell/Samsung Galaxy S8

The full list of the 20 greatest British views:

Snowdonia – view of Llyn Llydaw from Mount Snowdon summit, Wales
Scottish Highlands – view of Three Sisters mountains, Glencoe Valley, Scotland
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
St Ives Bay, Cornwall, England
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England
Loch Ness – view from Dores, Highland, Scotland
Buttermere, Lake District, England
Parliament and Big Ben – view from Westminster Bridge, London, England
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Loch Lomond – view from Conic Hill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Ben Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland
Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat, Scotland
Peak District – view from Stanage Edge, Derbyshire, England
Brecon Beacons – view from the summit, Wales
Durdle Door, Dorset, England
Spires of Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Bamburgh Castle – view from the coast, Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Seven Sisters, Sussex, England
Bournemouth pier and beach, Hampshire, England
Kings College – view from the River Cam, Cambridge, England