Scotland Took Up Walking And Exploring As A Hobby During Lockdown according to new research


New research has found that the majority of Scots picked up exploring and walking as a hobby during lockdown while Baking was the most popular in England.

Home Interiors specialist Hillary’s has researched the most popular hobbies picked up by UK residents during residents.

From walking and exploring in Scotland to taking up arts & crafts in England while more found to be reading in Ireland and looking for online courses in Wales.

Research revealed Scottish people picked up exploring and walking during lockdown as a hobby
Research revealed Scottish people picked up exploring and walking during lockdown as a hobby (C)

Home interiors specialists, developed the infographic using research to show the UK residents during lockdown.

1.      West Midland – Baking (40%)

2.      London – Running (35%)

3.      East of England – Learning a new language (33%)

4.      Scotland – Walking and exploring (31%)

5.      South West – online courses to expand knowledge (31%)

6.      Northern Ireland – Reading (28%)

7.      East Midlands – Arts and crafts (27%)

8.      Wales – Online course to expand knowledge (25%)

9.      North West – Arts & crafts (25%)

10.  Yorkshire & Humber – Home DIY (22%)

11.  North East – Learning an instrument (14%)

12.  South East – Baking (13%)                                   

A second infographic has also been created after the team analysed online searches around keywords and phrases relating to a large variety of hobbies.

The infographic depicting which hobbies have proven to also be popular throughout lockdown in the UK based on how much of an increase they’ve found in online searches.

Zoom quizzes saw the highest online search increase (+4,650%), while ‘rock painting’ (+3,850%) was not far behind.  

Lucy Askew, spokesperson for, said:“As so many people were furloughed or found themselves working from home, even just generally being home much more than they were used to, many chose to pass the time by taking up a new hobby or two.

“Some no doubt picked up an old hobby that they may have struggled to find time for recently, while other may have tried their hand at something new altogether, whatever it was it’s great to see so many people across the UK keeping themselves busy and learning new skills. Hopefully this will continue and people don’t quit now that we have returned to some level of normality.”

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