New year breaks in Britain: the most peaceful places in the UK

    Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

    Looking to brighten the January blues and get some peace and quiet in the great outdoors in the new year? These new year breaks are the perfect way to brush away the cobwebs…

    If you’re looking for somewhere to escape in the new year to get your 2023 off to the best start possible, outdoor experts Go Outdoors have revealed the most peaceful places to visit in the UK. Why not book one of these new year breaks, wrap up warm and get exploring…

    Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

    A truly tranquil location situated in Glen Brittle on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, the Fairy Pools are a stunning natural waterfall phenomenon, with a beautiful series of waterfalls offering breathtaking views combined with the peaceful sound of running water.

    Enjoy a walk from the car park up to the Fairy Pools whilst appreciating the spectacular views of the Cullin Mountain.

    If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, click here for the most perfect of new year breaks.

    Barfundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales

    Pembrokeshire’s Barfundle Bay is the perfect place to unwind. A small bay backed by dunes and pine trees – the stretch of golden sands and clear blue waters are incredibly beautiful.

    Only accessible via a half-mile walk from the nearest car park, Barfundle Bay is an ideal spot to escape the crowds and soak in the sea air.

     White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, England

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    There’ll be blue birds over the white cliffs of Dover…so the song goes, and what could be more peaceful than that? Iconic and striking, these chalky white cliffs stretch across the English coastline in Kent, facing the English Channel and out to France.

    Reaching heights up to 350 feet, you can walk over the clifftops to reveal stunning views of the sea and, on clear days, to the north French coast. This breathtaking celebrated British landmark is perfect for tranquil new year breaks.

    For somewhere to stay in Kent, check out our South East England accommodation guides here. 

    Buttermere, Lake District

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    With sweeping valleys, fresh air, views for miles and tranquil lakes, you can’t get more peaceful than the Lake District. And Buttermere Lake, with its impressive scenery and calm location, is perfect for taking time out to relax.

    Accessible by just one road running through, and overlooked by towering fells on each side, the peaceful valley in which Buttermere resides is an ideal escape from busy city life.

    Overlooked by towering fells, the peaceful valley in which Buttermere resides is accessible only by one road running through, making it ideal for escaping busy city life. You can walk around Buttermere Lake, taking in the jaw-dropping views, whilst breathing in the fresh air that surrounds it. This stunning location is the perfect place to unwind.

    Polperro, Cornwall

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    Cornwall is famous for its pretty fishing villages, but Polperro, on the Polperro Heritage Coastline has to be one of the most idyllic. Streets so narrow in the village that cars are banned so you can explore everything on foot, and in peace.

    With cottages that cling to the cliffs, a picturesque harbour and a turquoise blue sea, this beautiful location is the ideal spot for some time out.

    Check out some great places to stay for new year breaks in Cornwell here. 

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