The Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland is a perfect gateway to an area full of ‘get away from it’ places. With its long sandy beaches, tropical gardens and wonderful pine forests to wander in you can always find a peaceful spot. The Isle of Whithorn is one such spot. A small fishing village with more pubs than houses it seems on a quick perusal, where you will get a warm welcome by the locals but not get pestered. The most southerly point in Scotland, it has an interesting history, a golf course not to far away and the freshly caught crab is superb!
A Quiet Spot Near The Peak District
Now the Peak District in Derbyshire is huge and often desolate but can be quite busy at weekends. Visit Higham near Alfreton for a more peaceful break. While remaining a gateway to the Peak District, Higham is a quiet village with some nice and rather quaint accommodation and access to all the main routes both to the Peak District, Nottingham and the lovely towns of Matlock, Matlock Bath and Ashbourne. Peakcottagesdirect.co.uk is a useful site for accommodation in this region. Another gateway in this area is Castleton, this lovely village, it attracts hikers and visitors to the Blue John Cavern but never in enough numbers to disturb a peaceful retreat.
Gateway to The Lake District
Numerous small towns and villages cater to the people who want a quiet break in this breathtakingly beautiful area. Kendal, often know as the Gateway to the Lakes tops that list but as a busy market town could be slightly less than peaceful. An alternative could be Kirby Lonsdale. This lovely small town perched in a valley is a perfect quiet getaway, with easy access to either the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales. Plenty of accommodation from 5* standard to simple cottages both in and around the town, can provide you, winter and summer, with a very peaceful experience.