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Seeking Peace and Quiet? Here’s the UK’s Least Populated Holiday Destinations in 2020

Published on 25/01/2020 by cabinbookers78

Staycations are on the rise in a big way. According to Barclays, more than half of tourism businesses have reported an increase in domestic holidays since 2017, and 70% of millennials want a digital detox during their break.

CabinBookers have now collated the least populated holiday destinations in each of the UK’s home nations, with the Highlands of Scotland being crowned the ultimate place to seek solitude. Our data shows that each of the four destinations we identified have at least 90% less inhabitants than the UK average.

Although the United Kingdom has one of the highest average population densities in Europe there are still some stunning rural destinations that people can visit and explore. While the Highlands of Scotland is well known as a wild destination, some of our other findings may be surprising.

The Eden Valley in Cumbria is the least inhabited district in England. 98% of its land is green space and there’s beautiful scenery and historic gems including towers and castles.

Also highlighted was the county of Powys in Wales, home to the Brecon Beacons National Park and it’s array of mountains and waterfalls. In Northern Ireland, County Fermanagh’s forests and lakes make it a quiet and relaxing place to visit.

The top 4 least populated UK holiday destinations in 2020 (by country)

1. Scotland – Highlands (8 people per sq km)
2. Wales – Powys (25 people per sq km)
3. England – Eden (25 people per sq km)
4. Northern Ireland – County Fermanagh (37 people per sq km)


If you are looking for a cabin break in one of these peaceful destinations, take a look at two of our customer favourites …


Highlands of Scotland

scottish highlands bunkhouse

The Bunk House cabin is made from Western Red Cedar imported from Canada, and is perfect for a group of friends.

Inside, there are four rustic log bunk beds, and a fully equipped kitchen area, while the open plan lounge diner has a a log burner to keep the cabin extra cosy. For explorers, walks and cycle routes are on the doorstep.



meadow cottage discoed

Meadow Cottage is located in 3 acres of flower meadows and orchards, with a balcony to gaze over the open landscape. The cabin can sleep up to 7 people, and is comfortably furnished.

Some of the nearby footpaths link up with the famous Offa’s Dyke path – voted by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 10 footpaths in the world.

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