We all want to get away, more now than ever. At this current moment in time, those great escapes look as if they are restricted to the UK, but here at Not In The Guidebooks, we see this as an opportunity to get out and appreciate the wilderness and off grid escapes that can be found right here on our little island.
The draw of an off grid holiday in the UK is easy to understand right now. Imagining yourself escaping the confines of your own home, exploring and immersing yourself in a beautiful natural environment, turning of your phone and blocking out the news that feels as if it’s becoming more and more like a George Orwell novel by the day, is a tempting proposition.
So with that in mind, here are our best off grid holiday ideas that you can set off on the moment lockdown eases.
There are few places in the UK, and indeed in Europe, that can match the stretch of coastline that runs along Cornwall’s north coast when it comes to great hiking scenery.
On this private walking retreat in Cornwall, a local guide will help you explore the incredible sea cliffs, the secret misty coves, the sweeping beaches and rolling hills, all whilst bringing the landscape to life with stories of smuggling, piracy and shipwrecks.
Whilst the hikes in themselves are true escapism, that doesn’t end when you rest your weary legs at your accommodation, a tiny house isolated in the Cornish countryside. Not much beats the feeling of returning from a long day exploring, opening a bottle of wine and lighting the fire pit, and settling down under a star-filled sky in your own exclusive, private space.
Far from civilisation (it’s a 40 minute walk to the nearest small village complete with a great little pub) it’s an opportunity to truly get away from it all in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Within a secluded woodland estate, and within driving distance of the incredible north Lake District or the ancient Hadrian’s Wall, this quirky cottage provides you with a totally private and exclusive escape for two. Both wonderfully cosy in the winter and a great base for outdoor adventures in the summer, every aspect of this little gem in Cumbria invites you to switch off, relax, and focus entirely on enjoying your surroundings.
Picture arriving back at your cottage after a day spent exploring the local area, spotting red squirrels and roe deer in the woods, buzzards and sparrow hawks circling the sky, and possibly even salmon leaping from the river, and lighting the log burning stove or sinking into a wood-fired outdoor bathtub, soaking in the quiet, peaceful atmosphere.
With no limit on how long you can stay, take as much time as you need to remove yourself from the rest of the world to reenergise and rejuvenate with this off grid holiday in the UK.
If you want to get further than ever on an off grid holiday in the UK, you can’t beat camping in the wild, setting up your own pitch in true wilderness and enjoying a totally secluded, isolated sense of escape.
And, thankfully, the only country in the UK that allows wild camping also has the most spectacular scenery to get lost in. Bouncing from place to place and waking up to stunning empty stretches of beach one day, then jaw-dropping mountain scenery the next, provides a sense of freedom that feels like true escapism.
You can get truly off grid in the stunning Scottish Highlands, explore the island jewel of Arran, or the world-class destination of Skye, where you’ll find some of the most incredible scenery on earth.
Other than Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park (where wild camping is limited), your only limitations are how much time you have, and how far you’re willing to explore. Always remember to treat the countryside with respect, ensure you leave nothing behind and leave your campsite as pristine as you found it, to ensure other travellers can enjoy the off grid experience after you.
Off Grid UK Holidays
Romantic Adventure Escape in the Scottish Highlands for Two
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