Britain's 20 most Instagrammable villages revealed

From the Devon coast to Northumberland via Wales: Britain’s 20 most ‘Instagrammable’ villages revealed

  • Researchers created a top 20 ranking by assessing the number of hashtags for 100 villages around the UK 
  • Among those on the list is a Northumberland village with an imposing castle and several Cotswolds hamlets
  • No villages in Scotland or Northern Ireland made it – but their most Instagrammable villages are at the bottom

When it comes to pretty villages, Britain is undoubtedly a class act.

And so this picture-list of its most ‘Instagrammable’ hamlets is sweet eye-candy indeed.

It has been compiled by property website Bankrate, which took to image-sharing site Instagram and assessed the number of hashtags 100 villages dotted around the UK each had.

Then it created a top 20 ranking of the most hashtagged hamlets.

The list includes a stunning harbour village in Devon, an Italian-style settlement in Wales, a Northumberland location with an imposing castle and several picture-perfect destinations in the enchanting Cotswolds. No places in Scotland or Northern Ireland garnered enough hashtags to make the top 20 ranking – but we’ve included pictures of their most Instagrammable  villages at the very bottom.

We present the list here in reverse order, so the villages become lovelier (in theory) as you scroll down…

SHANKLIN, ISLE OF WIGHT – 29,478 INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS: The Old Village in Shanklin is best known for its thatched dwellings, pictured, which are among the oldest buildings on the Isle of Wight 

LYNMOUTH, DEVON – 30,392 HASHTAGS: Located on the rugged Exmoor coastline, Lynmouth was described by the painter Thomas Gainsborough as ‘the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast’

STAITHES, NORTH YORKSHIRE – 36,055 HASHTAGS: This Yorkshire fishing village was once one of the busiest on the north-east coast and was a one-time home of explorer Captain James Cook 

WARKWORTH, NORTHUMBERLAND – 37,123 HASHTAGS: Standing on a loop of the River Coquet, Warkworth is best known for its medieval castle, which dominates the village’s skyline 

LACOCK, WILTSHIRE- 42,317 HASHTAGS: Most visitors to Lacock are drawn to Lacock Abbey, pictured, a country house owned by the National Trust that celebrates the life of William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the photographic negative

LAVENHAM, SUFFOLK – 44,396 HASHTAGS: The timber-framed Tudor-style buildings here are particularly photogenic. The village is often considered as the best-preserved medieval village in Britain 

1. Clovelly, North Devon – 134,355 hashtags 

2. Portmeirion, Wales – 114,323 hashtags 

3. Castle Combe, Wiltshire – 99,641 hashtags 

4. Castleton, Derbyshire – 91,848 hashtags 

5. Grasmere, Cumbria – 87,367 hashtags 

6. Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire – 71,873 hashtags

7. Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire – 65,477 hashtags 

8. Bamburgh, Northumberland – 64,682 hashtags 

9. Bibury, Gloucestershire – 63,835 hashtags 

10. Corfe Castle, Dorset – 62,995 hashtags  

11. Dedham, Essex – 57,078 hashtags 

12. Lymm, Cheshire – 54,348 hashtags 

13. Polperro, Cornwall – 50,906 hashtags 

14. Mousehole, Cornwall – 47,784 hashtags 

15. Lavenham, Suffolk – 44,396 hashtags

16. Lacock, Wiltshire – 42,317 hashtags 

17. Warkworth, Northumberland – 37,123 hashtags

18. Staithes, North Yorkshire – 36,055 hashtags 

19. Lynmouth, Devon – 30,392 hashtags 

20. Shanklin, Isle of Wight – 29,478 hashtags 

Source: Bankrate 

And the most Instagrammable villages in Scotland and Northern Ireland are… 

GROOMSPORT, COUNTY DOWN – 6,458 HASHTAGS: A former fishing port, Groomsport is now a popular destination for watersports such as sailing and powerboating 

CARNLOUGH, COUNTY ANTRIM – 6,928 HASHTAGS: Game of Thrones fans might just recognise Carnlough. That’s because the stone steps down to the harbour feature in a season six episode, where Arya Stark crawls up from the water after being stabbed by the Waif

CUSHENDUN, COUNTY ANTRIM – 7,258 HASHTAGS: The harbour village of Cushendun boasts a series of scenic paths and caves that have been used as a filming location for Game of Thrones 

PLOCKTON, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – 14,569 HASHTAGS: Situated on a bay overlooking Loch Carron, Plockton has appeared on screen in the movie The Wicker Man and the BBC series Hamish Macbeth

FORT AUGUSTUS, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – 24,609 HASHTAGS: The Caledonian Canal snakes right through Fort Augustus, which affords visitors magnificent views of Loch Ness

CRAIL, FIFE, SCOTLAND – 26,834 HASHTAGS: Pretty and peaceful, Crail boasts cobbled streets that lead down to a quaint harbour 

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