NI waterfall among UK’s most beautiful blue spaces, according to science

These are officially the most beautiful blue spaces in the world, according to science, and Glenariff Waterfall is among them.

NI waterfall among UK's most beautiful blue spaces, according to science.
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  • Hotel chain Premier Inn conducted an eye-tracking study of over 50 of the world’s most beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls to reveal which the human eye is drawn to the most 
  • Ban Gioc Waterfalls in China and Vietnam ranks as the most eye-catching blue space worldwide, followed by Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand and Italy’s Lake Como 
  • In the UK, the Loe is followed by the Isle of Skye’s Fairy Pools and Ullswater Lake 
  • Three UK spots rank in the global results, rivalling some of the world’s most idyllic scenery 

Summer is well and truly here, with scorching weather and longer days encouraging us to seek out the refreshing blue spaces our beautiful planet has to offer. 

With natural wonders continuing to captivate travellers planning their next trip, Premier Inn has commissioned an eye-tracking study of over 50 of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and waterfalls in the UK and globally to reveal the most beautiful blue spaces to visit this summer. 

The study used a unique methodology to analyse the objective beauty of these blue spaces: participants looked at a series of images of the world’s water wonders and eye-tracking technology was then used to reveal which images drew the human eye most.    

The UK’s most beautiful blue spaces 

The Loe, the largest natural freshwater lake in Cornwall, is the blue space that participants deemed most picturesque during the study. Based within Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the lake can be admired by completing a six-mile circular walk around its shores, allowing visitors to enjoy its rich wildlife en route.  

For lovers of classic Scottish scenery, the mystical Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye certainly obliges, ranking just behind the Loe in second place. The famed Loch Lomond also ranks in the top five, with its glistening waters scoring it fourth position.  

The only Northern Irish spot to feature, Glenariff Waterfall rounds off the top five, while the first out of three Welsh locations on the list, Llangorse Lake, ranks in seventh.   

Rank Blue Space Type Country  
The Loe Lake  England 
Fairy Pools Lake Scotland 
Ullswater Lake England 
Loch Lomond Lake Scotland 
Glenariff Waterfall Waterfall N. Ireland 
East Lyn River River England 
Llangorse  Lake Wales 
Mealt Falls  Waterfall Scotland 
Wimbleball Lake Lake England 
10 Gaping Gill Waterfall England 
Press release by Premier Inn

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