Top 5 Places to Camp in the UK

We asked our customers where their favourite places to camp were, here are the results! 

The camping season is in full swing, and while we all have itchy feet waiting on the August bank holiday weekend to get back out there again, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to let us know their favourite places to camp in the UK. The results came back in abundance, it was great to see so much enthusiasm for camping. So many people naming specific camp sites, in the end we had to lump together results into areas so we could report back. Here are the results of our customers favourite places to go camping.

1) Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a truly picturesque area of the UK, sparsely populated and filled with Loch’s and Mountain ranges offering up plenty for the outdoor enthusiast. Featuring sites such as the Cairngorm mountains, Rannoch Moor, Cairngorm National park and much more, this is a year round destination with walks a plenty and skiing in the Winter months.

Places of interest mentioned by our customers include:

  • Cape Wrath
  • Loch Etive
  • Loch Lomond
  • Inverness
  • Glen Coe
  • Malaig
  • West Highland Way

2) Shell Island

Gwynedd was an area of Wales that was spoken of quite fondly in our survey, one area of Gwynedd that stood out over there others was Shell Island (also known as Mochras). Shell Island is a peninsula on the Welsh coast line, it gets it’s name as it is known to be awash with a variety of seashells that wash up on it’s beach, which would no doubt be a great attraction for young children.  The island is part of Snowdonia national park (which we will get to further down) and as such is only open during certain months a year. The camp site at Shell Island is vastly popular so be sure to book early.

3) Lake District

The Lake District is probably the area most people expected to make this list, it’s stunning mountains and lakes offer up a variety of activities for all of the family. The area of course features the national park of the same name and as such as a well kept area of the country that attracts many visitors throughout the year. Many destinations in the Lake District you will recognise from popular outdoor products like Scafell Pike, Bowfell, Blencathra, Helvellyn among the peaks that have given names to Boots and Jackets alike. As well as it’s many peaks the park also features 14 major lakes and reservoirs.

Places of interest mentioned by our customers include:

  • Ullswater
  • Buttermere
  • Borrowdale
  • Keswick
  • Eskdale

4) Snowdonia

Snowdonia is Wales’ second offering in our top five and comes from our campers who are also keen walkers. Snowdonia was Wales’ first national park and is still the most popular among tourists, often attracted by the challenge of climbing Snowdon itself.  Like many of the UK’s national parks, Snowdonia offers fantastic views and a wealth of activities for holiday makers. Snowdonia is mainly popular with those taking part in walking holidays as opposed to a more traditional family camping site. If a climb is your thing, then Snowdonia may be the perfect spot for you.

5) Cornwall

Cornwall is a vastly popular site among families and young groups. Attracted by the scenery and the warm Summer days the South West has something for everyone. The town of Newquay is popular among younger groups for it’s Surf culture and yearly music festival ‘Boardmasters’. Popular areas for family campers include Truro, Perranporth and Falmouth.  Cornwall also offers up the southerly most area of the UK at Lands End. Through watersports, walking, shopping and outdoor activities Cornwall has become a hugely popular family holiday area. Beware the Summer months as they can become busy, so book in advance.
So there we have our top five spots to camp in the UK, thanks to answers from our customers. Five quite different areas offering a little something for everyone. If you haven’t been camping yet this season, GO Outdoors is currently amid our Huge Summer sale, so picking up cheap tents or some camping equipment has never been easier.

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Happy Camping