The UK’s Best Campervan Holiday Destinations – The cost-of-living crisis is beginning to bite many households across the country – which, coupled with increased hesitancy for taking international trips, has led to a significant boom in ‘staycationing’. But with domestic holidays becoming much more popular this summer, the tourism industry has responded with a commensurate hike in accommodation prices.
As such, UK holidaymakers are seeking out more cost-efficient, long-term solutions for domestic trips, by investing in motorhomes, campervans and other forms of self-accommodation. Camping was already a popular holiday pastime, but the economic difficulties of today have made it a much more accessible option than others – leading to a new generation discovering the beauty that can be found in a camping trip away.
If you’re new to campervan or motorhome holidays, the abundance of choice may make choosing your next destination a little difficult. Here are some of the most highly-rated holiday destinations amongst staycationers, and the perfect places to take you, yourself and your campervan – and maybe your family. If they’re lucky.
The Scottish Highlands were recently named as the UK’s most-favoured staycation destination, with web search statistics revealing a 51% rise in interest from domestic holidaymakers. The Highlands are peerless when it comes to their arresting landscapes and incredible natural wilderness; the long stretches of country roads that intersect the landscape make the region perfect for exploration by campervan.
For a real trip into the unknown, try a journey up to the Highlands’ northern-most reaches. Sutherland is a remote county with a population of little more than 13,000, but its moorlands and coastal formations are a sublime sight – and there are countless opportunities for roadside camping in one of the UK’s wildest landscapes.
Pembrokeshire as a county describes Wales’ westernmost part, a peninsula to the west of Cardiff that incorporates famed coastal destinations, Newport and St Annes Head. Pembrokeshire is the best of Wales, distilled; by awe-inspiring cliff faces, long stretches of fields and woodland, and quaint towns brimming with local culture. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a bad place to camp in Pembrokeshire.
Devon is a stunning county in the southwest of England, bounded by Dorset and Cornwall and home to some of the UK’s most iconic coastal destinations. The county begs to be explored by campervan, from the northern reaches of Ilfracombe to the expansive Dartmoor National Park.
One particular site of interest for campers in Devon is Ashbourne Woods, constituting nearly 70 acres of impeccable woodland on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park. The area is campervan friendly, but also opens up unique opportunities for wild camping. You could pitch up your camper, take a tent and find a beautiful spot far from any signs of civilisation – with your creature comforts merely a stone’s throw away for when the morning comes.