A guide to the most Instagrammable views of Scarborough.

28th January 2015crelgey


Views of Scarborough.

It’s easily done, taking advantage of where you live. It becomes just the norm to you. You talk to people that don’t live there and they seem so excited that you live there and you’re like ‘Yeah. It’s OK.’

It wasn’t until my late twenties that I really began to appreciate the beauty of my town of Scarborough. I think travelling around the UK, then coming ‘home’ really gives you a sense of purpose and where you belong. Well, it did for me anyway.

Scarborough, although a pain to get to via road (the A64 for anyone that doesn’t know is a nightmare, to say the least!) is just perfectly placed, as a seaside resort. Plus slowly, with development, is becoming the favourable seaside town that it began life as. Especially with the newly built Alpamare water park, we’re back on the map.

So below is a collection of views of Scarborough, taken by yours truly, plus a little about whereabouts they were taken, so you too can visit and take your own.


South Cliff/Holbeck.

Scarborough South Cliff gardens

clock tower scarborough

Now, south cliff has a lot to offer. Apart from along the Esplanade – a row of beautiful Victorian buildings, which are a mixture of hotels, flats and homes, this side of town is also home to many residential homes. Who wouldn’t want to retire to the seaside?

This picture is actually taken just off the esplanade at the clock tower, overlooking the many paths and gardens that lead down to the Spa complex. The greenery here is used for golf and bowls. Just opposite this clock tower sits one such building which became the feature and focal point of the ITV drama ‘The Royal’. (see HERE).


South Bay.

Scarborough harbour

The Spa complex offers many great views of Scarborough and opportunities for amazing pictures of South bay. This is my go-to place for outfit photos and I always enjoy taking a picture whilst I’m there. It’s great to see similar pics of places during different seasons and also different weather conditions.

The second picture here is taken from the top of the steps just off St Nicholas Street in the town. These steps and greenery at the bottom lead directly onto foreshore/the beach. It’s a lovely descent, just know that you have to come back up. That’s the only thing about our town, the town is set above sea level, meaning, it doesn’t matter which bay you’re at, you have to walk up a hill to get back to town.


North Bay.

Scarborough CastleScarborough North bay

This first picture is taken above a cafe on the seafront called ‘Oasis’. They recently rebuilt the business from a small brick/shack existence to a more substantial wave with-standing, view taking building. Speaking only from the objective of takeaway food, but they do amazing chips and gravy! Behind the cafe and up to the cliff at which I took this picture is a lovely wind of paths and garden area, amongst the paths are set some ‘fitness activities/obstacles’. Yes, a bit random. But quite the giggle. The walk up to the clifftop is definitely a bonus after your chips and gravy!

The castle is still a major focal point of the town. Situated grandly on the cliff in between our two bays. I have visited the grounds once, as a child, but do think a revisit with our little boy is in order.

The second colourful photo is from the chalets. I love how these have been painted and with the addition of a purpose-built toilet and shower block and lifeguard station has given the North bay a new lease of life.

Lastly, this photo was taken on the most glorious of days and completely overdone with exposure for shooting into the light, but I feel it’s got an arty touch to it. It’s taken from Scalby Mills, which is where the Sealife Centre is. There’s a pub on the corner and a bridge that links over the North headland. You can also take the steps down to a great rock pooling area, which is exactly where this was shot.

Oliver’s Mount.

view of scarborough from Oliver's Mount, Scarborough

Having lived in Scarborough for the last 26 years I feel embarrassed to admit to only being able to speculate the origin of this ‘mount’ being named Oliver. I can, however, provide great tourist/local knowledge in telling you that not only does this mount provide amazing views of the town, but it is also home to a race circuit, see HERE, plus camping, football/rugby pitches, a cafe and home to a monument dedicated to our town’s war dead, which is beautifully decorated with poppy wreaths each November.
This location is truly breathtaking for views of Scarborough. It’s a real birds-eye like view.


So there you have it, my favourite views and pictures.


Have you visited Scarborough before? Have you visited any of these locations? Share your pictures with me.


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Comments (5)

  • New Girl in Toon

    28th January 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Love this post! I'm hoping to get to Scarbrough at some point, just a shame it's so hard to get to by train. We have a weeks staycation with car hire planned in the Summer so maybe I'll get there then 🙂

    Chloe x

    1. Caroline

      10th February 2015 at 9:50 pm

      You deffo do need to visit Mrs.. and when you do, give me a call. Daisy Tearooms is calling out for you, along with a few other places! :p 🙂 x

  • Kathryn

    28th January 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Not been to Scarbrough in ages, always use to take day trips when we went on family hoildays to Whitby


    1. Caroline

      10th February 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Oh I love Whitby also. 🙂 We're so well placed on the east coast, living in Scarborough, having Whitby and Bridlington close by too. I do love to live beside the seaside. :p x

  • The Sunday Mode

    2nd July 2016 at 9:36 am

    I think travelling is amazing when you're gone a lot I think that really does help you to appreciate where you live. All of these views are spectacular as well! You're so lucky to live where you do 🙂

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