Nights Under Canvas: FINDRA’s Guide to the Best Places to Camp in the UK

Nights Under Canvas: FINDRA’s Guide to the Best Places to Camp in the UK

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There’s something magical about spending nights under canvas, with the stars as your ceiling and the sounds of nature as your lullaby. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-time adventurer, the UK offers a wealth of stunning campsites that promise unforgettable summer nights. From the rugged Highlands of Scotland to the serene shores of Wales, let’s explore the best places to pitch your tent and share essential tips for an epic camping experience.


 Glen Nevis CampsiteGlen Nevis Campsite (Highlands)

Glen Nevis Campsite is nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. This stunning location offers a unique blend of dramatic landscapes, tranquil settings, and a variety of outdoor activities, making it a perfect destination for camping enthusiasts.

Loch Lomond Holiday Park (Argyll and Bute)

Located on the tranquil eastern shore of Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond Holiday Park is a premier destination for those seeking a blend of relaxation and adventure amidst Scotland’s most famous loch. The park is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering stunning views across the water and the surrounding mountains.


Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate Lake District

Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate (Lake District)

Nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere, Park Cliffe offers stunning views and a tranquil setting. It's a perfect base for exploring the Lake District’s extensive network of trails. Nearby routes include scenic walks along the shores of Lake Windermere and challenging hikes up the surrounding fells, such as Orrest Head and Gummer's How, both offering panoramic views of the lake and beyond.

Treen Farm Campsite (Cornwall)

Treen Farm Campsite is a picturesque camping destination located in the heart of Cornwall, offering stunning coastal views and a serene rural setting. Situated near Porthcurno Beach and the famous Minack Theatre, this campsite provides an ideal base for exploring the rugged beauty of the Cornish coastline. Porthcurno Beach, known for its white sand and turquoise waters, is a short walk away. Other nearby beaches include Pedn Vounder, a hidden gem with crystal-clear waters, and Sennen Cove, ideal for surfing.  


Three Cliffs Bay Swansea

Three Cliffs Bay (Gower Peninsula)

This campsite is renowned for its natural beauty, featuring dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque landscapes. It’s a perfect destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy a peaceful coastal retreat. The Gower Peninsula is rich in wildlife, making it a great spot for birdwatching and nature walks. Keep an eye out for seabirds, butterflies, and occasionally seals along the coast.

Gwern Gof Isaf (Snowdonia)

Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite is perfect for those seeking an authentic camping experience in the heart of Snowdonia. Its prime location at the foot of Tryfan Mountain makes it an ideal base for hiking, climbing, and exploring the national park. The campsite’s rustic charm, coupled with its proximity to some of Snowdonia’s most iconic landscapes and attractions, ensures a memorable stay for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

Northern Ireland

Castle Ward Caravan Park

Castle Ward Caravan Park (County Down)

The historic Castle Ward estate provides a captivating backdrop for camping, while the wide range of activities ensures there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re exploring the Game of Thrones filming locations, enjoying water sports on Strangford Lough, or simply relaxing in the beautiful gardens, Castle Ward Caravan Park promises an unforgettable camping experience in Northern Ireland.

Cushendun Caravan Park (County Antrim)

Cushended's proximity to stunning beaches, scenic walking trails, and iconic attractions like the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge makes it a perfect base for exploring Northern Ireland’s natural beauty. Whether you're looking for relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Cushendun Caravan Park provides a memorable and picturesque setting for your camping getaway.

Some FINDRA Camping Tips!

Plan Ahead

  • Book Early: Popular campsites seem to fill up surprisingly quickly during the summer, so make sure you plan and book your spot in advance.
  • Research the Site: Ensure the campsite has the amenities you need and check for any specific rules or regulations.

Pack Smart

  • Essential Gear: Other than the obvious, some key items that are often forgotten are flashlights, first aid kits including midge repellent, slip on shoes for late night trips to the facilities and always ensure that you have spare loo roll! 
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Even in summer, the UK weather can be unpredictable. Pack layers and waterproof clothing.  Check out our guide to Layering for Hiking as inspiration.

Stay Safe & Leave no Trace

  • Make sure that you are careful when lighting fires and barbeques and ensure they are fully extinguished. 
  • The local wildlife maybe active, especially at night.  Ask for information at the site in case you need to take precautions. 
  • Enjoying the great outdoors means you should respect it.  Take away any litter and dispose of it correctly.  Leave the land as you found it.  

    Be Comfortable

    • Sleeping Arrangements: There is no rule that camping needs to be uncomfortable.  Bring as much or as little bedding as you need to ensure you get a good night's sleep.  
    • Cooking: Plan easy-to-make meals and bring a portable stove. Don’t forget to pack enough food and water.

    Enjoy the Experience

    • Relax: Take time to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Camping is a great way to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature.

    Sunday Inspiration

    Favourite Camping Recipe - Shrimp & Sausage Boil Packet

    A simple recipe which is all cooked in one parcel of paper and foil.  This can be prepared beforehand along with bringing small tubs with all the spices and seasoning together to save you bringing lots of packets. 

    • 1 ear of corn, cut into 8 pieces
    • 1 medium zucchini, sliced thick
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ lb uncooked shrimp
    • 2 andouille sausage
    • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon Paprika
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • Fresh parsley, chopped

    Add everything to a large square of foil lined with parchment and twist the edges together causing a sealed package.  Roast over the fire or barbeque, occasionally shaking.  Once you can see that all of the vegetables are roasted, open carefully and enjoy! 

    Quote of the Week

    Song of the Week

    "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

    A truly feel-good song that evokes the sense of freedom and joy that comes with being outdoors! 

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