10 of the best campsites

From next-to-deserted spots in the Hebrides to surf-friendly sites in the West Country, the UK is crawling with great places to pitch up. Here are 10 of the best campsites, as chosen by you

1.Thistledown Farm, Gloucestershire

“This has to be one of my favourites for summer camping; it’s set among acres of meadow and woodland ,making it perfect for country walks. It allows fires (with wood delivered to your tent) and cars are only allowed in specific areas, giving it a true wild camping feel though it is, of course, in close proximity to a decent pub!”  Jolie McGowan

@ www.thistledown.org.uk

Thistledown's rural retreat

Thistledown’s rural retreat

Faskally, Perthshire

“Its location is both rugged and stunning, with many outdoor options on its doorstep; hikes, historical sightseeing and cultural activities. The campsite itself offers something for everyone and has great facilities that are clean and well maintained.”  Sholto Laumeier

@ www.faskally.co.uk

Ruda, Croyde Bay, Devon

“Awesome location for surfing, climb out your tent in the morning, check out the waves and go surfing before breakfast. Stroll back to your tent and put the bacon and eggs on…. lovely.”  Paul Wood

@ www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk

The Warren, Kent

“This campsite is on a peaceful, secluded spot with a private sea view and very friendly, helpful staff. You can walk to the facilities at Folkestone via the cliff tops.”  Graham Ditcham

@ www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

Brighouse Bay, Dumfries and Galloway

“Set in a beautiful environmental park, complete with a genuine WWII plane in the car park! It’s really quiet, with fabulous views over the Irish Sea and a clear view of the stars at night, thanks to the lack of light pollution.”  Marie Ingham

@ www.gillespie-leisure.co.uk

Bedgebury Camping, Kent

“Somewhere with no electricity. Somewhere the children can explore and investigate. Somewhere we can light the campfire and relax as a family. Bedgebury Camping is perfect on all these levels and with some extras thrown in!”  Russell Poynter

@ www.bedgeburycamping.co.uk

Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye

“On the west coast of Skye, this is the ideal starting point for traversing the Cuillin Ridge in the Black Cuillin Mountains, walk Skye’s coastal paths and for exploring the area by sea kayak. What more could you want?”  Paul Hamilton

@ www.dunvegancastle.com

Glenbrittle Campsite is situated at the foot of the Black Cuillin Mountain range.

Glenbrittle Campsite is situated at the foot of the Black Cuillin Mountain range.


Red Squirrel, Glencoe

“The site has unrivalled views of the mountains, stays open all year (pack your thermals) and most important of all, it allows campfires.”  Tom Moody

@ www.redsquirrelcampsite.co.uk

Durdle Door, Dorset

“Stunning views right out to the sea from the clifftop campsite, and beautiful walks for miles around. ”  Annette Sharp

@ www.lulworth.com

Crake Valley, Cumbria

“Beautiful location, nice and peaceful without lots of large groups. Perfect.”  Ben Stothard

@ www.crakevalley.co.uk