Holidays don’t always have to be abroad. In fact, with more of us opting for a staycation over recent years, camping in the UK has become even more popular.
There’s nothing quite like packing the car, setting off on an epic road trip, and checking out some stunning camping spots for an ultimate staycation experience.
Whether you love scenic backdrops, long country walks, or you long to wake up to the sound of the waves gently kissing the sandy shores, there are thousands of wonderful places to pitch up or escape to.
Here’s the Halfords guide to some of the best campsites in the UK.
Caolasnacon Caravan and Camping Park, Kinlochleven – Scotland
If you like a wee mountain, camping in Scotland is the ideal location. Just a stone’s throw from the picturesque Glencoe, while the luscious banks of Loch Leven offer serenity, with its tranquil waters.
Other nearby scenic points of interest include Fort William, the Caledonian Canal, and Oban Bay, making this an ideal location for those who love to explore.
As far as Scotland campsites go, you’ll struggle to find a better place for canoeing and skimming stones, making this a perfect base for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands.
Cost – camping with a small tent, sleeping 1-2 people is just £18 per night, making great value for money.
Aberafon Campsite, Gyrn Goch – Wales
While pronouncing this camping spot may be a tad challenging for some, the actual location will leave you lost for words too. Camping in North Wales is popular choice, with plenty of impressive attractions and national parks close by, including the beautiful Snowdonia.
Aberafon has a rugged coastline for a backdrop and boasts some fine rockpools, sandy beaches and greenery – perfect for seaside camping. If you like to surf or enjoy a private beach, this Welsh wonder tops most campsites.
Cost – Camping at Aberafon is just £10 per night for adults and £5 per night for children, making for an affordable family getaway.
Pleasant Streams Farm Camping, Lower Sticker – Cornwall
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, camping in Cornwall is the perfect spot. Pleasant Streams Farm is as close to silent as you’ll probably experience in the countryside, ideal for those looking to get away from it all.
Unlike most other Cornwall camping sites, you can escape to the summer house for a spot of reading and board games on rainy days. You’re also just down the road from cute farm animals and a good old Cornish pub to quench your thirst.
Cost – £12 per night for a small tent, sleeping 1-2 people.
Baysbrown Farm Campsite– Lake District
Camping in the Lake is a must for those who love both nature and adventure. Situated in the middle of an 800-acre farm beneath the rocks of Crinkle Crags and Langdale Pikes, this part of the UK has to be experienced.
Once you’ve checked in at the nearby farmhouse, you can hop on your bike or take a relaxing stroll around the jaw-dropping countryside. There are magnificent views from the campsite and plenty of opportunities for climbing and ghyll scrambling – excellent for those who love the outdoors.
Cost – £10 per adult, per night, and £5 per child, per night.
Swattesfield Campsite, Thornham Magna – Suffolk
Our final pick for the best campsites in the UK is located in the north of Suffolk. The campsite consists of two fields and wonderful scenery, overlooking a beautiful lake and woodland.
Camping in Suffolk is an ideal location, with plenty of scenic spots to explore, including the nearby Waveney Valley.
This option is probably the best choice if you’re new to camping as it provides onsite facilities including a communal kitchen with free-to-use cooking equipment, as well as a stunning landscape.
Swattesfield is also an ideal option for families as the campsite contains table football, a children’s library, and chalkboard to keep the kids entertained.
Cost – Off-peak prices are £10 per night for an adult and £10 per night during peak season. Off-peak prices for children are £6 per night and £4 per night during peak season.
Before you set off on your next adventure, don’t forget you can get all the camping gear you need at Halfords.
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