No mobile phones, no cars, no people…Just you.
Have you ever been somewhere so quiet that it feels like you can hear yourself think?
Getting outdoors in remote places is a fantastic way to detox the brain, it clears the mind and gives a huge sense of freedom. We take a look at some of the farthest flung corners of the kingdom, where you can truly get away from it all.
Knoydart is home to Britain’s most remote mainland community, with a population of around one hundred people. That’s a little more than a double decker bus full, it’s pretty small! Surrounded by miles and miles of vast majestic mountains and shimmering lochs, there’s no end to your ability to get remote in this wonderful wilderness.
If you’re worried about the usual traffic and congestion along the way, think again. Not being connected to Britain’s road system, there are only two ways to get to Knoydart. Firstly you can take a challenging 16 mile trek through tough highland terrain, or if that’s not for you, then you’ll be looking to get the ferry which will take you over Loch Nevis. Both options will take you on a brilliant journey, through a fantastic location.
Worried you may have ended up somewhere too isolated, and feel the need for a ‘cold one’ after your days trekking, then visit Britain’s most remote public house, The Old Forge Inn, Knoydart’s only pub.
Next Stop – Bardsey Island, North Wales
No gas, no electricity and no running water, Bardsey Island is our next stop for getting remote.
If they were to make a Welsh version of ‘Cast Away’ it would probably be here. Bardsey Island is situated just off the Llyn Peninsula of North Wales and is one of the largest offshore islands in Wales.
To get this place at its best and most remote, you may have to go out of season to avoid the summer visits, but with a population of just eight to thirteen people you will not be overcrowded.
A fantastic place to discover, taking you back to basics, with its varying rugged terrain and harsh coast line. Bardsey is famous for its wildlife and history and offers brilliant coastal walks and marine life.
Final Stop – Cape Wrath, Scotland
Cape Wrath is situated at the most northwesterly point of Britain and on a cold winter’s day, mixed with the elements, ‘Wrath’ is the word that comes to mind.
But taking the unpredictable Scottish weather out of the equation and with all your essentials packed, this coast line is a phenomenal place to explore. With crystal blue waters and a desolate coast line, it could compete with anywhere in the world.
Home to the Cape Wrath Marathon and endless cycling and walking opportunities, this is definitely a place of adventure.
Proving its remoteness, Cape Wrath is once again only accessible on foot from the south or alternatively by ferry from Keoldale, this keeping it an intriguing place to visit, time and time again.