6 unforgettable UK glamping experiences

Camping/glamping expert Shell Robshaw-Bryan writes for Inspires by Avis about her favourite glamping spots across the UK.

Glamping has exploded in popularity over the last few years and with more options than ever, how do you choose where to go and what kind of glamping accommodation to stay in?

There really is nothing like a good road trip and with staycations on the rise, a glamping break here in the UK is the ideal excuse to rent a car and explore a different part of the country.

I’ve camped and glamped all over the UK and have stayed in everything from yurts to converted horse boxes. Below is a small selection of some of my favourite UK spots. Wherever you’re based, you won’t need to drive too far and I can personally vouch for all 6 glamping sites featured as I’ve actually stayed as a guest at them all!

All images: Shell Robshaw-Bryan

Cledan Valley Glamping, Hafren Forest, Wales

A double bed and heating stove inside a yurt

Cledan Valley in Wales provide a truly rustic glamping experience and it’s in a stunning rural location that feels like it’s a million miles away from everyday life. Yet, it’s still close enough to a variety of visitor attractions such as the lovely Hafren Forest that’s teeming with local wildlife and flora and fauna along its forest walks – so you won’t be short of things to see whilst exploring.

Insider tip: Choose from beautiful yurts, bell tents or tipis which all have cosy wood burning stoves and shared facilities. Also, don’t miss out on the fantastic waterfall walk in nearby Hafren Forest.

How to get there: The postcode SY17 5JS will take you to our neighbour at Nant Awen, ignore their driveway and continue up the lane to Cledan Valley.

Loch Katrine Eco Lodges, Loch Katrine, Scotland

Wooden glamping pods in the courtyside

Set within Scotland’s Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, the oldest national park in the UK, Loch Katrine is breathtakingly pretty and the lodges are all right beside the water so they have amazing views.

The timber cabins are super cosy and all contain comfortable beds and TVs. Some of the cabins have en-suite facilities too. If you’re looking for rest and relaxation with some awe-inspiring scenery thrown in, Loch Katrine Eco Lodges is highly recommended!

Insider tip: Take to the water and enjoy a cruise on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, or grab your walking boots and head up to the pointed summit of Ben A’an which provides incredible views.

How to get there: Loch Katrine is 10 miles from Callander via the A84 to Kilmahog, and then the A821 through Brig o’ Turk.

Glamping Thorpe, Oxfordshire

Army vehicle with decking outside

Set in a stunning rural location surrounding by lush fields and countryside Glamping Thorpe provides some of the quirkiest glamping accommodation we’ve come across. Fancy staying in a converted horse trailer complete with a wood burning stove? Or how about a converted army truck?

There’s an accommodation option quirky enough to suit all tastes and what’s better you can even hire the whole site and turn your glamping break into one long party weekend and dance the night away in the Pig Barn.

The facilities are very comfortable and include piping hot showers inside converted horse trailers and composting loos.

Insider tip: If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the sunsets at Glamping Thorpe are not to be missed! They are nothing short of spectacular.

How to get there: Glamping Thorpe is set on a farm just 4 miles from Junction 11 of the M40. Enter Thorpe Lodge Farm, OX17 2HA, into your navigation system.

Round the Woods, Norfolk

Double bed and heating stove in a yurt

Stay in a beautifully romantic yurt at Round the Woods in Norfolk and you’ll be treated to super comfortable beds and wood burning stoves that are perfect for snuggling up to.

Enjoy a barbecue on your own private deck and explore the adjacent woodland to see if you can find the secret pond. Winner of the Green Tourism Gold award, everything on site is well thought-out, including the spotless shared facilities and the fabulous little honesty shop selling local treats like delicious Gnaw chocolate bars, made locally in Norfolk.

Insider tip: The location is ideal for getting away from it all and spending a relaxing weekend in a beautiful part of the UK. A short drive away from Round the Woods is the Fox at Lyng, a pub-restaurant that’s well worth visiting for a delicious meal.

How to get there: Enter Fairfield House NR9 5JL into your navigation.

Glamping at the Fir Hill, Cornwall

Apple tree with a yurt in the background

A break or a holiday in Cornwall is always a joy, but it can be busy due to being popular with tourists. Although it’s very close to Newquay, Glamping at The Fir Hill is a million miles away from what you might expect to find in the area.

Set in extensive grounds surrounded by woodland, the luxurious Mongolian yurts are highly insulated, keeping you warm during the colder months and cool during the summer. The huge beds are incredibly comfortable and each yurt has its own private deck, as well as a cooking shelter with running water and a gas stove.

The 62-acre site is totally off-grid and has a stunning purpose-built facility, ensuring the comfort of any guest as well as providing the back-to-basics experience.

Insider tip: Each yurt has its own fire pit that makes for relaxing and cosy evenings around the fire. The site is suitable for both families and couples – there’s so much to do and see in the area that you could easily spend an entire week here!

How to get there: Approaching Cornwall from the A30, take Newquay exit on A30, then take A392 road to Mountjoy and follow the map. The key landmark is Colan Church – head north from the church (keeping the graveyard on your right) and after 200m you will find the entrance to the Fir Hill Estate. Drive until you see the Fir Hill buildings on your right.

Coniston Park Coppice, Cumbria

A canoe outside a wooden hut

If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, the super pods at this site are more like a little self-catering studio apartment and provide all the comforts of home – miniaturised!

The site itself is traditional, but beautifully landscaped caravan park set in 63 acres of stunning National Trust woodland. Inside the pods, you’ll find your own en-suite bathroom with shower and a fully equipped kitchen. Outside, there are barbecues on each private deck, the ideal place to eat and chill out around in the evening.

Insider tip: Take to Coniston Water which is only a short walk away or if you’re feeling a bit livelier, take a hike up the Old Man of Coniston which at 2,634 feet high provides stunning views of Coniston Water and beyond.

How to get there: Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park, beside the waters of Lake Coniston. Enter Coniston Park Coppice LA21 8LA into your SatNav.