The UK’s most peaceful villages have been revealed and they're perfect for a relaxing getaway

So beautiful as well!

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If you live in a big city or you’re switched on 24/7, you’ll understand the appeal of a tranquil holiday.

We love holidays full of exploration too, but sometimes you just want to go with the flow and not have to rush about everywhere. Thankfully, Arlo & Jacob have compiled the perfect list.

The furniture company analysed the UK’s most tranquil towns and villages by population, remoteness, and how frequently people described them as ‘beautiful’ online. These are all important factors when booking a peaceful getaway when lockdown is over. 

Their results found that Plockton, Wester Ross in Scotland was the most peaceful, scoring 85.5.

Arlo & Jacob said, ‘Plockton is a small village, labelled "The Jewel of the Highlands" that sits on a sheltered bay in Scotland with breathtaking views overlooking Loch Carron’.

With a population of just 378, it’s definitely tranquil, and nothing like the hustle and bustle of the big cities. We can imagine how lovely and quiet that would be…

In second place was Castle Combe in Wiltshire, with a score of 77.

Arlo & Jacob added, ‘The quintessential English village of Castle Combe is often named as the "prettiest village in England". Stroll along the village to the bridge to take in idyllic views and even purchase homemade sweets and cake.’

In 2011, the village was recorded as having a population of 344, so you’d definitely get your peace and quiet here too!


Close behind with a score of 75.5 was Clovelly, Devon, which has a population of 443.

Arlo & Jacob described this place as ‘a fully functioning working fishing village [which] overlooks Bideford Bay and has no vehicular traffic on its steep cobbled streets - perfect for a quiet weekend away.’

Fourth place was given to Tobermory, Isle of Mull in Scotland, with a score of 65.3 and a population of 1,000.


Beddgelert in Wales scored 58.9, Bibury in Gloucestershire scored 58.3, and Cushendun in Northern Ireland scored 58.1. All very close, but only one could rank in fifth.

The least peaceful village on the list was Burford, Oxfordshire, with a score of 39.1. It’s also got a bigger population of 1,340.

However, Arlo & Jacob still recommended it, saying ‘Burford sits in the picturesque Cotswold hills and is the perfect location for visitors wanting to enjoy the stunning scenery from the countryside and valleys that surround it.’

Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.