Glamping has taken Ireland and England by storm and is the new 'cool' in terms of holiday fun. Glamping offers a perfect blend of excitement and outdoor adventure with luxury and relaxation. Glamping truly is something for everyone.
What is Glamping?
Glamping comes from the term ‘Glamorous Camping'. A perfect pairing of intimate camping and luxury travel. Glamping offers a unique travel experience as anyone can experience outdoor beauty in its wildest forms from a Remote Island to Wild Moors while enjoying resort style luxuries like fine coffee, hot showers or a glass of wine.
Why is Glamping Unique?
Here at Irish Shepherds Huts we believe Glamping has been born from necessity. We feel everyone in the modern world today feels a little lost. Disconnected from themselves and one another. Technology has given us so much in the last decade but it has also stripped something from us. I think the desire to connect to the simpler pleasures of life such as nature, conversation with loved ones by a fire or cooking is making a come back. However, it is difficult to go straight from spoilt Modern luxuries to true nature. Glamping offers everyone a chance to reconnect with the outside world while still enjoying home or hotel comforts. Reading by a lake, cooking over an open fire in a woods or over-looking a canyon of wilderness all while enjoying warmth and fine foods and drinks.
So with Glamping on the rise we at Irish Shepherds Huts have compromised a list of what we believe to be the 10 best Glamping spots in the UK and 10 best Glamping spots in Ireland.
In no particular order:
1. Glamping in Cornwall
If you want a beach Glamping experience while still having activities to do during the day, then Cornwall is the place for you. With so many amazing surf spots, beautiful gardens, long walks along cliffs and gardens Cornwall has a great balance of outdoor beauty with indoor fun.
Visit sites such as St Michael's Mount, or the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Minack Theatre, Land's End, Tintagel Castle or the Eden Project
Cornwall also has Newquay Zoo which yes, has Lions!
2. Glamping in the Lake District
Want to get away from it all? The Lake District situated is in the northwest corner of England, in the county of Cumbria is over 3000 kilometres of nature for you to explore. Blow away the cob webs of your office with days of fresh air, cycling, hiking and walking. Get your legs tired during the day so that evening meal and sleep never felt so good. It is what Glamping is all about.
Also, don’t forget about the endless array of watersports.
3. Glamping in Sussex
Glamping in Sussex is perfect for the family. Sussex has a wide variety of farms, adventure parks, activities, forts, castles and more which are more suited to a milder family outing. With a high standard of arts and music, medieval festivals, gardens and walks Glamping in Sussex is definitely one to to suit all ages. Want to get your kids out in the wild at a young age? Sussex in the Glamping spot.
4. Glamping in Somerset
If as a young couple you want to lean slightly more towards the ‘Glamorous’ aspect of the Glamping, rather than the ‘Camping’ side than perhaps Somerset in the place for you. With its huge moors and open skies which stretch for miles over its vast and beautiful national park Somerset truly has unspoilt natural beauty. However it also has an arty and hip youth to its agriculture making the standards of local farmers markets and produce in Somerset very high. You can be strolling through the oldest of villages, explore medieval castles and even do a spot of bird watching (One of the best spots in the UK) while enjoying some of the finest cheese, wine, beer, bread and more the UK ha to offer.
Of course Somerset is home to many carnivals and festivals such as Glastonbury or the magnificent illuminated carnival in Bridgwater.
If it is a romantic and glamorous glamping trip you want - Somerset is for you.
5. Glamping in Derbyshire
If you want a bit of nature with a slice of city life than Glamping in Derbyshire could be the place for you. Derbyshire is 2 worlds with a large area of Derbyshire lying in the natural beauty of the Peak District National Park and the other housing the vibrant city of Derby. One is not far from the other and so if considering week long Glamping holiday where you avail of city lunchs and shopping while returning to nature in the evening, Glamping in Derbyshirecould be just the blend.
6. Glamping in Hampshire
Glamping in Hampshire again we feel leans more towards Glamorous than Wild Camping - but in a great way. Easy family fun with a blend of tourism and nature. Glamping in Hampshire would be another top spot for a family holiday with soft beaches, long easy walks and many activities. Of course Glamping in Hampshire also has the ultimate advantage of being next to the beautiful Isle of Wight which offers such a fun distraction in the middle of your holiday.
7. Glamping in Dorset
Every area in the UK we have listed here for Glamping has a great array of activities, nature, walks, beauty etc. However perhaps on the top of list is Glamping in Dorset. Dorset has everything and just that little bit more. Whether romantic couple, family fun, wild beauty or the glamorous aspect of nice cafes and fine food Dorset has a very high standard of all above.
Ancient towns like the Dorchester that dates back to the 4th century AD, Monkey World with 100’s of rescued apes and monkeys. The Tank Museum or a day out at Moors Valley Country Park. You won’t be able fit all what Dorset has to offer into your holiday.
8. Glamping in Wales
You have that adventurous spirit and so you are up for Glamping. However, maybe you want to go that one bit further. If coming from Ireland or the UK than what could be more different than a different country altogether. With the best of everything condensed into the small natural, wild and friendly world of Wales. If you truly want to get away from it all than head to the beautiful hills of Wales for a spot of Welsh Glamping.
9. Glamping in Cotswolds
If one area in the UK, dare we say the world could embody the very essence of Glamping - it would be the Cotswolds, England. A funny and beautiful blend of old england and new. On one end of the spectrum of Glamping is luxury and areas like Cheltenham in the Cotswold exude decadence and luxury in all aspects. From its architecture to its food. On the other end of Glamping is Camping - Nature, Fresh food and being at one with the countryside. While the Cotswolds in a richer area of England it has a very old and traditional way of being. The relationship between the land and the people of the Cotswold is a fantastic balance of fresh produce, locally sourced foods, farmers markets and fine local dining in cafes and bars. Sitting outside with some local cider, fresh breads and a fine breakfast. Glamping in the Cotswolds is what Glamping is all about!
Of course the Cotswolds is also home to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens. One of the best ways to experience the animal kingdom no matter age you are.
You get so close to the animals its fantastic.
10. Glamping in Hampshire
Last but not least is Glamping in Hampshire. Cosy pubs matched with stunning nature, rugged coastline, amazing shops, lively markets and delicious local foods.
Visit many of its amazing attractions from the legendary King Arthur’s Round Table, Nelson’s flagship, or learn more about the tragic story of the Titanic. Hampshire has something for everyone and would suit all Glamping ages and budgets.
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