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Camping | 10 Best Remote Campsites In The UK

Looking for a campsite away from civilisation? We've got the lowdown on the best remote camping spots in UK and Ireland

Camping is all about getting away from the crowds and spending time in the Great Outdoors.

Now you’ve got all your camping equipment together (including one of these snazzy camp stoves) together, you’ll want to find a good campsite.

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Scotland and Ireland have some beautiful spots to camp away from hustle and bustle of civilisation – as do more remote isles off mainland UK and in Wales.

Don’t want to venture too far afield? Try out one of these best campsites for beginners.

However, if you are hankering for a secluded getaway, we’ve got the lowdown on the very best remote campsites in UK and Ireland from our friends over at Cool Camping.

1) The Lake Campsite, Bodmin Moor

This ingeniously converted shipping container in the heart of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor is reached via. a heather flanked track. Campsites don’t get more remote than this.

Army survival courses occasionally take place on the landscapes stark expanse and an old quarry now forms an epic lakeside setting.

The simple yet functional interior includes a double bed and mini kitchen. Make sure you bring some supplies – the site is completely off-grid and long way to the shops!

Ideal if you love hiking or trail running.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.


2) Cleadale Campsite, Isle of Eigg

Eigg is one of the smallest islands in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland – just five and a half miles long and three miles wide.

At the bottom of a vast and curving cliff, Cleadale Campsite sits in its own natural amphitheatre.

The campsite itself is as wild as its setting. The pitches aren’t the flattest and the dishwashing sink is outdoors but if you’re looking to get away, this is the one.

Read our adventure to the Outer Hebrides here.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.

3) Chléire Haven Campsite, County Cork

Eight miles south-west of the Irish mainland, Chléire is the southernmost inhabited part of the entire Emerald Isle.

On the grassy slopes overlooking the island’s south harbour, this suitably spectacular camp spot is the ultimate Irish getaway.

Tent pitches sit alongside glamping yurts and teepees, providing something for everyone in this campsite… but only for those willing to make the journey!

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.


4) Bryher Campsite, Isle of Scilly

The tiny island of Bryher has two distinct faces. To the east, calm waters lap sandy beaches, while the northwestern is a jagged jumble of weather-torn rocks, broken by relentless Atlantic waves.

A short climb uphill from the jetty, Bryher Campsite has views of the islands harbour yet occupies a sheltered spot between two higher hills.

The facilities are surprisingly decent and there’s a well-stocked shop on the island.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.

5) Scourie Campsite, Sutherland

Scourie is a tiny hamlet clustered around an inlet on the extreme north-west coast of Scotland.

The landscape here may be stark and sparse but the campsite is a little oasis of green.

Caravans and motorhomes are largely confined to the areas around the amenities block, so tents have the run of the terraced pitches that extend down almost to the shores of the bay. Beware of midges though.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.


6) Runach Arainn Campsite, Isle of Arran

Divided by the same fault line that separates the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands, the Isle of Arran is like a miniature Scotland, with everything from mountains to farmland squeezed into its 19-mile length.

It’s the perfect place for a secluded glamping break. Runach Arrain, on the island’s southern tip, is the place to go – two fully furnished Mongolian yurts with double beds, wood-burning stoves and a pub within walking distance.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.

7) Mynydd Mawr Campsite, Gwynedd

In glorious isolation, Mynydd Mawr on the far western tip of the Llyn Peninsula, is sheltered from the prevailing winds, but boasts stunning views across to Bardsey Island.

The campsite is small, the rugged scenery is massive and its most noticeable feature is the silence – interrupted only by birds, bees and the sound of the ocean.

Plus, compared to most campsites on the list, you don’t even need to take a boat to get there!

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.


8) Portsalon Luxury Campsite, County Donegal

You can’t get much further north in Ireland than Portsalon, a rugged coastal village set back from the North Atlantic.

The campsite here sets a contrast against the wild and formidable scenery.

Opened in 2014, Portsalon offers the best in luxury glamping. The five secluded yurts are perfectly positioned for the best views and come complete with wood-burning stoves, king-sized beds and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.

9) Wheems Organic Farm Campsite, Orkney Islands

Probably the most northerly campsite in the UK, this tiny farm overlooking the North Sea is a truly remote hideout on one of the country’s most mysterious islands.

There are just 20 pitches, a few wooden pods and a glamorous yurt, while days out include circling the island on it’s long distance coastal footpath and exploring the streets of Scotland’s most far flung villages.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.


10) Lickisto Blackhouse Campsite, Isle of Harris

Perched above a loch on the Isle of Harris, Lickisto Blackhouse is perfect for exploring the isolated wilds of the west coast.

Transformed from an old croft, the campsite is a particular paradise for sea kayaking and mountain biking.

Pitches are mown into thick wild grasses, giving everyone their own individual space, plus there are a couple of yurts, pitched high up on the site to give epic ocean views.

Visit the Cool Camping website for more information.

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