Find the best sources of live webcam views around the UK
There are uk webcams pointed at just about part of Britain. Apart from official traffic and city center cameras, there's nothing to stop every Tom, Derek and Nigel from aiming a camera at the street and feeding it to the Internet. The upside is, there's almost no corner of the UK that you can't have a look at before you get here - to check out the weather or see if you'd like to visit.
These are some of the best sources of uk webcams live online in 2017.
St. Andrews Old Course is the home of golf - where the sport was invented more than 400 years ago. This webcam gives golfers a glimpse of what's happening on the Old Course - still played by the way - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The site has dynamic controls so you can sometimes get control of the camera and move it around. Scroll down to the bottom of the live image. Under the lower left corner, there's an options box that allows you to (sometimes) select one of several different views.
The BBC has been gathering webcams from all over England to this web portal for a long time. It is huge and includes links to traffic, weather, coastal, village and town, rural and city webcams as well as great animal webcams. Watch penguin feeding time at the zoo or nesting barn owls. Even take a peak inside the BBC itself. Most choices open to a webcam view plus a list of even more. Click on Barstaple, for example, and you get a live view plus a list of more than 20 other, related webcams. Brilliant!
Patient armchair ghost hunters can watch for ghosts on live web cams - or should we say ghost cams - around the UK. There are plenty of ghost walks and ghost hunting expeditions in haunted places all over the UK, especially in October and November. But who needs to poke around in the dark in some dank, smelly place when you can scare yourself silly in the comfort of your own living room?
Some gorgeous views are collected on this site which is a kind of webcam search engine, by location. The webcams of scenic Scotland that have been selected are excellent quality and with views full of information. Don't miss Eilean Donan Castle, Gleneagles from the first tee, or the live streaming video from historic Edinburgh's Royal Mile . Not all the webcams on this site work with all browsers and media players. It's worth clicking around and using the help (?) button until you find something that does.
Check out skiing conditions on the mountain before heading out for a day on the slopes in this historic Scottish setting. Yes, you really can ski in Scotland most of the winter. The cameras are operated by the Glencoe Mountain ski area and there are nine different live views. There's also a summer website with views from the same cameras and information about summer activities at the activity center.
The page highlights webcams scattered around Wales. Everything from a traffic jam cams to a "ghostcam" at Llancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly. There are also two interactive maps - one pinpointing more cameras around Wales and the other concentrating on webcams by Welsh regions. Most links from the Wales Webcam Homepage open to a live webcam plus even more links. Lots to look at. This is altogether a very entertaining site for webcam fans. Check out the views of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Southeast Wales.
Check out 27 different webcam links around Wales, some of which open to more webcams. They range from town centers and surfing beaches to views of Fishguard Bay - check out the weather if you are planning to take the Ferry to Ireland. The streaming video camera of Cardiff Bay gives viewers controls to manipulate the view. Some of the cameras featured are BBC webcams but the BBC website is so enormous, it maybe faster and easier to find them here.
This one's a giggle because it's a real "tequila sunrise" type view of a beach - something you may be surprised to find in England. The life webcam captures surfers on this popular North Cornwall surfing beach. It includes sound, so if you're lucky you might catch the call of sea birds that you can see dipping and diving across the scene.
The Minack Theatre is an unusual English institution, an open air performance space carved into the rocks above Porthcurno Bay near Penzance. Plays are performed all summer long by professionals as well as the UK's best amateur dramatic companies. It's the dream of every "AmDram" luvvie to be invited to perform here, with the sound of the roaring surf below as the backdrop. The webcams look down on the theater and across it to the bay. Visit the website on a summer evening and you can get a glimpse of a performance in progress. The quality of this particular webcam is excellent. When there are no performances of rehearsales you can still get a glimpse of what visitors are wearing as they climb around this unusually perched theater.
Watch London's iconic red double decker buses cross and recross its famous Tower Bridge. This is a good, clear view in real time. If you happen to see a boat on the river, stay tuned and you may have the rare chance of seeing the bridge open to allow river traffic through. It happens several times a day.