With the world standing still before the raging pandemic, it’s okay if you’re looking to indulge in some escapism. Whether you’re planning a post-lockdown staycation in the UK or are simply curious to explore some of Britain’s most serene towns and villages, this list won’t disappoint.
Exploring the UK’s Hidden Gems
If visiting buzzing metropolises like London and Manchester aren’t exactly your cup of tea at the moment, you’ll be happy to know the UK has so much to offer in terms of quiet, picturesque seafront villages with honey-hued houses and narrow cobbled streets that look as if they were taken straight off of a postcard. So, buckle up and enjoy our top five favorite spots.
When it comes to finding serene spots in the UK, you can’t go wrong with Portree in Scotland. With its gorgeous pastel-hued houses and emerald green still waters, this small town is as peaceful as it gets. Portree is the capital of the Isle of Skye and the liveliest village on the Island in the Highlands of Scotland.
A single trip to Clovelly is bound to steal your heart. This picture-perfect fishing village is iconic with its white-washed houses, breathtaking seaside views, and tiny cobbled streets. If you ignore geography, it might feel like you’re taking a stroll on a small Greek island. There are no cars on smaller streets, so you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk.
Castle Combe, Wiltshire
Castle Combe is often referred to as “the prettiest village in England” with its medieval-like streets and honey-colored houses. You wouldn’t be wrong feeling like time has stopped here. No new houses have been built in Castle Combe since the 1600s, thus preserving its Cotswold stone cottages. Add in strict parking restrictions, the incredible valley views, and you have yourself a quiet, full-on fairytale destination.
Cushendun, Northern Ireland
If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you’d be happy to know the famous Cashendun Caves were featured in the series (season two). If you’re looking for a tranquil destination filled with village pubs, independent shops, and delicious restaurants, this is definitely the place for you.
Mousehole’s narrow streets have retained much of the old world charm with its themed galleries and shops. It’s a tiny but incredibly picturesque fishing village and a hidden gem on the map of the UK’s most tranquil places to visit.