The best loos with views in the UK – from a windy mountain top to London's Shard

If you're partial to spending a long time in the toilet, we've found the best loos with views around the UK and Ireland.

The ceramic bowls range from a windy clifftop in County Mayo, to a vertigo-inducing urinal in central London.

These are some toilets that you wouldn't actually waiting in line for.

Read on to find out more…

Holy view

The adventurous walkers who reach the Croagh Patrick mountain summit are re-warded with these public toilets overlooking County Mayo in Ireland.

The mountain is nicknamed The Reek but we can assure you it has nothing to do with these bogs.

The mountain is considered the holiest in Ireland after Saint Patrick fasted there for 40 days in 441 AD.

Thousands of devotees still attend open air mass on Croagh Patrick every year on ‘Reek Sunday’ – the last Sunday of every July.

Highest view from a loo

The Shard in central London is the tallest habitable building in Europe, so it would be a shame not to give the toilets prime position too.

Droves of tourists visit the UK’s highest viewing platform, The View and on a clear day to can see more than 40 miles of spectacular panoramic scenery.

But why share this with all the other visitors, when you can pop into these toilets and hog a private viewing to yourself.

Drive you crazy

This spot is perfect for multi-tasking – you could spend a penny and spot anyone coming up the drive from this bathroom.

Book a stay at The Torridon, a luxury hotel in the Scottish Highlands, to use it.

Surrounded by views over the loch and the heather covered hills, we’d be tempted to take our time over our morning routine.

Wat-er view

Loo with a view anyone?

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Loo with a view anyone?

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With a stunning vista like this, we’d never want to leave the bathroom.

For a little piece of this scenery, book into Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Wild weeing

There is nothing better than a wild wee to feel like you are one with nature.

These public urinals on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel ensure you can still appreciate the stunning views out over the sea while you go about your business.

Egg-cellent view

For a playful approach to spending a penny – Sketch restaurant near Picadilly Circus, London, offers the most fun bathrooms.

The lavish restaurant is tucked away inside a discreet white townhouse and was completely redesigned in 2012, with these futuristic egg shaped cubicles.

Bird’s eye loo

Forget your book or phone for a visit to this toilet – the only accessory worth considering is your binoculars.

This loo of the coast of County Down, on the Copeland Islands, Northern Ireland offers the prettiest of views out over the cliffs and sea.

This toilet is to be found at the Copeland Bird Observatory.

There are no human inhabitants on the island but plenty on birdwatchers flock there every year to enjoy the bird life.

Take your time and appreciate the stunning sea views – just try to time your visit in-between passing boats.

City view

You couldn't blame a date for spending half the night in the loos at this restaurant.

Any visitors to the glamorous bar and restaurant at 20StoriesMCR, Spinningfields, Manchester, will be treated to incredible 360 degree views out over the city – and the toilets are no different.

Mirror mirror on the wall

Easy to find your way in, not so easy to find the exit, especially after a couple of glasses of wine.

The beautifully simple design of Nopi, the grown up sister restaurants of Ottolenghi, London, does little to prepare you for a mind bending visit to the bathroom.

We just pity whoever has to clean the room of mirrors at the end of the night, where lost souls banged their heads in despair.

Head for heights

These urinals are certainly not for anyone who suffers from vertigo.

Situated up on the 31st floor of The Shard in central London, these loos can be found in the posh restaurant Aqua.

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