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10 Best Campsites In The UK For Beginners

Looking for a great place to go family camping in the UK? We've got the best spots for first-timers in Scotland, Wales and England

Looking for the best place for camping for beginners in the UK?

You’ve got all of the camping equipment – the camping stove and chairs. Now you need to know the best places to camp.

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The UK has some fantastic camp spots – from the south of England to the most northerly shores of Scotland.

We spoke to Cool Camping, one of the best campsite websites in the UK. They gave us their recommendations of the best campsites for first-timers in England, Scotland and Wales.

Looking for spot that is more off-the-beaten-track? Try these beautiful remote campsites.

1) Hirdre Fawr, Gwynedd, Wales

An incredible mountain backdrop, private access to the beach and flat, grassy pitches.

Hirdre Fawr is a great campsite for first time campers because it has everything you want for seaside campsite but doesn’t get overly crowded like South West England.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

2) Dol-llys Campsite, Powys, Wales

Dol-llys campsite is great for first time campers as there are plenty of different options and lots to keep you busy.

You can choose from electric pitches, river pitches, secluded pitches, rough and rugged areas, and there’s lots of space for groups.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

3) Gwalia Farm, Powys, Wales

Gwalia Farm is perfect for first time campers who want to avoid the school crowds.

It’s an adults-only campsite in the heart of mid Wales, close to fantastic hiking trails, mountain biking and swimming.

Visit Cool Camping for more information. 

4) Glendaruel, Argyll, Scotland

Glendaruel is good for first-time campers who want that authentic camp feel in Scotland.

This is thanks to a very few pitches and lots of mature trees – but still has facilities for those who want them. The location is fab too.

Visit Cool Camping for more information. 

5) Glen Nevis Holidays, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Glen Nevis Holidays is located in the middle of the UK’s largest and most spectacular natural playground.

It is a perfect campsite for first-timers who want to go hiking and mountain biking in Scotland. There are plenty of facilities and it’s situated in an excellent location.

Visit Cool Camping for more information. 

6) Hare & Hounds Campsite, East Sussex, England

This pop-up campsite called the Hare & Hounds is ideal for first time summer campers.

It’s easy going and traditional with the perfect location for visiting the best of East Sussex. There’s a pub on the doorstep for meal times. Bonus.

Visit Cool Camping for more information. 

7) Karma Farm Eco Campsite, Cambridgeshire, England

Karma Farm is perfect for first-time campers who are looking for an easy escape from London.

It’s situated right on the river and campfires permitted, so remember to bring your marshmallows.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

8) Kingsmead Centre, Devon, England

There’s not a single camper that wouldn’t be happy at Kingsmead Centre.

It’s got everything from glamping yurts to grassy pitches with tents. The facilities are excellent and there is even two fishing lakes in the campsite.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

9) Lanefoot Farm, Cumbria, England

If you want to head up to the Lake District for your first camp trip, Lanefoot Farm is a great place to stay.

There is a wet weather accommodation option if it rains and it has incredible access, straight into the National Park.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

10) Runswick Bay, Yorkshire, England

Runswick Bay has a wealth of facilities for every type of camper. It also has direct access to one of North Yorkshire’s best beaches which is right on the doorstep.

Whitby and Staithes are both nearby for rainy day activities.

Visit Cool Camping for more information.

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