Stunning village named the prettiest in Scotland where the sea is so close it laps the doorsteps

SCOTLAND is full of pretty little villages to visit, all in fantastic settings, with great views and quaint shops and cafes to enjoy.

Therefore, it is difficult to judge which is the most beautiful. But one that stands out is certainly Crovie in Aberdeenshire.

Crovie nestles between sheer cliffs and the shores of Gamrie Bay


Crovie nestles between sheer cliffs and the shores of Gamrie BayCredit: Alamy

According to a new study by car rental experts at It is considered the most beautiful village in Scotland and is the only Scottish village to make the list of the best in Britain.

They were looking for stunning destination villages full of charm, tranquility and grand thatched houses, many of which were bustling communities full of independent small businesses.

But what makes the villages that have created this grade even more beautiful is the surrounding countryside that dominates their areas, be it rolling green hills or stunning coastal views.

Anyone who knows Crovie will understand why it came out on top.

The small coastal village consists of a single street with beautiful cottages nestled between cliffs and the sea’s edge.

It is the only town or village in the UK that you cannot drive into as you cannot drive over the narrow ledge in front of the house at the foot of the towering cliffs and the sea is only a walk away is removed .

Some days the waves break across the footpath and right up to the cottage doors in the area’s smallest and most remote fishing village.

The path in front of the houses is only wide enough for walking, so no cars can drive through the village


The path in front of the houses is only wide enough for walking, so no cars can drive through the villageCredit: Alamy
On stormy days the waves can break over the sea's edge onto the single street of houses in Crovie


On stormy days the waves can break over the sea’s edge onto the single street of houses in CrovieCredit: Alamy

Visitors to Crovie, which lies between Fraserburgh and Macduff, should use the car park at the top of the cliffs or one further down the road at the last hairpin bend and walk to the village, leaving the only available parking at one end of the road for residents.

Crovie originated in the 18th century, when the sea was the only means of transport to and from the coasts of Scotland, and quickly grew into a fishing village.

This industry ended as early as the 1950s after a violent storm, but it is considered one of the best preserved fishing villages in Europe.

Staying here in one of the cottages, which are used as self catering accommodation, you can enjoy all that this charming village has to offer.

Others on the list include Grassington in North Yorkshire, which has plenty of footpaths for motorists to hop off and stretch their legs, Inkberrow in Worcestershire, surrounded by miles of nature walks, and Solva in Pembrokeshire, a perfect seaside village with stunning views of the Welsh countryside.

Grassington in North Yorkshire


Grassington in North YorkshireCredit: Alamy
Quaint cottages and old houses in the village of Inkberrow, Worcestershire.


Quaint cottages and old houses in the village of Inkberrow in Worcestershire.Credit: Alamy
Thatched cottages in the village of East Budleigh, Devon


Thatched cottages in the village of East Budleigh, DevonCredit: Alamy

John Charnock, CEO of said: “Britain has some of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in the world. Make the most of your road trip and take a stroll through some of the most beautiful villages Britain has to offer.” ”

Here are StressFreeCarRental’s seven most beautiful villages in the UK

1 Inkberrow, Worcestershire
Nestled in the heart of the countryside, this village is lined with chocolate box houses and offers miles of beautiful scenic walks. Inkberrow and the surrounding villages ooze charm and serenity in rural Worcestershire.

2 East Budleigh, Devon
Just a few miles from the sea, this picturesque Devon village is an unspoilt beauty. With a rich history and thatched cottages set amongst rolling hills, East Budleigh is sure to offer visitors a sense of tranquility.

3 Grassington, North Yorkshire
Grassington in North Yorkshire is surrounded by pretty limestone buildings and has several walking routes around the adjacent national park, as well as country pubs, independent shops and little cafes around the cobbled streets of the village green.

4 Crovie, Scotland
Crovie in Aberdeenshire is a small coastal village made up of a single street by the sea. Cars need to be parked at the southern end of Crovie, making this pretty village a perfect stopover for those wanting to stretch their legs in the beautiful Scottish Countryshire.

5 Solva, Wales
Located on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this bustling village offers sweeping landscapes of exposed cliffs. Solva is the perfect place for some peace and quiet, with colorful cottages and amazing panoramic views.

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6 Broad Campden, Gloucestershire
This thatched village in the heart of the famous Cotswolds is set in rolling countryside. Broad Campden is a postcard-perfect village all year round.

7 Hawkshead, Cumbria
Hawkshead in Cumbria is a cute market village with rows of whitewashed houses lined with independent shops, boutiques and cafes. There is a strong charm throughout the village, lined with cobbled streets and blooming flowers.

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