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Data published by a Northumberland-based holiday provider has listed Argyll and Bute as one of Great Britain’s best places for enjoying some peace and quiet.
With demand for rural retreats rising and more people looking to escape the typical tourist hotspots for a tranquil break, holiday provider Cottages in Northumberland carried out research to find the top places to find peace and quiet in England, Scotland and Wales.
Thinking about what makes an area quiet – no people, no noise, no light pollution and lots of nature and wildlife – Cottages in Northumberland pulled together data covering population count, National Park counts and Dark Sky sites.
This data was then ranked to reveal the UK’s quietest areas as follows: 1 Powys, Wales; 2 Northumberland, England; 3 The Highlands, Scotland; 4 Argyll and Bute, Scotland; 5 Morayshire, Scotland; 6 North Yorkshire, England; 7 Pembrokeshire, Wales; 8 Cumbria, England; 9 Aberdeenshire, Scotland; 10 Devon, England.
Just missing out on a podium spot, Argyll and Bute ranked highly thanks to the area’s low population count of 12 people per square kilometre, which is actually the third lowest count in the UK overall, following the Scottish Highlands and Western Isles.
Being home to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and the internationally recognised Isle of Coll Dark-Sky Community also helped boost Argyll and Bute’s position.
The only Scottish location to rank higher was the Highlands which came third in the overall rankings.
Having the lowest population count in the whole of the UK, with a mere nine people per square kilometre, helped to elevate the Highlands into the bronze position.
It also home to the Cairngorms National Park which is a centre for outdoor activity, with mountains, lochs, woodland forests and rivers, as well as small local villages which are lovely to explore.
And whilst the Highlands does not have an internationally recognised Dark Sky park, it does have 16 Milky Way sites, ranking it second in the UK for Dark Sky sites.
In second place, Northumberland was deemed England’s quietest place.
The coastal county, which houses Northumberland National Park, has a low population count of 64 people per square kilometre.
It is also well known for its stargazing potential, boasting one Dark Sky Orion site and 22 Milky Way sites – more sites than anywhere else in the UK.
And taking the top spot, Powys in Wales was officially crowned the best place for peace and quiet in Great Britain.
With a population count of 26 people per square kilometre, and home to the Brecon Beacons National Park where there are endless woodlands, waterfalls, hills, moorlands, and heritage sites to explore, Powys is undoubtedly a place of peace and serenity.