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Picture perfect: Pretty Pittenweem Scotland’s ‘trendy beauty spot’

It is a charming fishing village, in the heart of which is the port where early each morning, the boats return with their catches and the fish markets are busy.

Visitors flock to Pittenweem in Fife’s East Neuk to soak up its atmosphere and now the scenic corner of the country has been named the number one ‘trendy beauty spot’ for 2022.

He leads the way in a top 10 published by HomeToGo, an online vacation rental marketplace, with the company saying the pretty corner of the country has seen the biggest surge in online interest so far this year.

Describing it as “a bustling fishing village characterized by colorful boats floating in the harbor and pretty streets lined with stepped-gabled cottages”, HomeToGo says visitors “enjoy the artistic atmosphere of the independent galleries and quirky shops in the village”, as well as explore the surrounding countryside along the Fife Coastal Path and step back in time with visits to St Fillan’s Cave and Kellie’s Castle.

Second in the list is the idyllic Inner Hebrides island of Colonsay in Argyll and Bute, due not only to its beauty but also to a “busy calendar of food, book and folk festivals – with land golf course, the grand gardens of Colonsay House, a secluded microbrewery, and two distilleries that entertain visitors between gatherings.”

Visitors are also advised to “watch wild goats and rare birds on its heather-covered hills, and gray seals and dolphins off its sandy shores”.

Dunkeld in Perth & Kinross is among the top three, proving interesting to visitors thanks not only to its cathedral, but also its perfect location on the banks of the River Tay, where it is possible “to spot red squirrels and beavers”. ” at Loch of the Lowes.

The rest of the top 10 includes Millport in North Ayrshire, which proves that ‘good things come in small packages’ and is the perfect place to explore on the Great Cumbrae Circle Cycle Route, with Braemar on Royal Deeside nestled in the heart from the Cairngorms National Park, in fifth place. One of Scotland’s highest villages, Braemar makes the list because it’s “perfect for hiking and mountain biking holidays, as well as ski trips” due to its proximity to Glenshee, and simply because of its “magnificent terrain on all sides”.

Rounding out the list, Moffat at Dumfries & Galloway; Cullen, Moray; Crail in Fife, Coldingham in the Scottish Borders and Brodick on Arran in North Ayrshire.

A HomeToGo spokeswoman said: “With searches for holiday accommodation in Scotland up 82% year-on-year via hometogo.co.uk, ahead of Burns Night on January 25, HomeToGo plunged deep into the data to reveal the most popular scenic Scottish destinations to travel to in 2022.

“From the Hebrides to the Borders, these are the ten serene and scenic Scottish locations that mark the itineraries of seaside breaks and country retreats this year.

“The listing, created by the holiday rental market using extensive internal research analysis, shows the quaint fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife on the rise.”

The top 10 is revealed as separate data has revealed that more Britons are choosing to holiday in the UK this year rather than seek sunshine, as the staycation trend that has exploded in outside the pandemic closures continues.

A poll of more than 2,000 people found that 13% of Britons plan to holiday closer to home this winter, compared to 9% who plan to go abroad.

A study by car finance provider Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) found that 24% were planning a domestic road trip in the coming months when spring arrives, compared to 20% who hoped to go in search of sunshine in foreigner.

Mike Todd, CEO of VWFS UK, said: ‘Holidaymakers were swapping their passports for walking boots and picnic blankets when holidays started up again last summer, but I don’t think many people will. expected domestic getaways to be just as popular this winter.

“There are so many wonderful places to explore on these coasts and even the great British weather doesn’t stop people from enjoying a good old fashioned road trip.”