8 Campsites With Amazing Views
When you book a hotel, you can’t often be guaranteed the best view in the house. But choose the right campsite, and you’ve got every chance of securing that “million dollar view.”
We’ve scoured the UK for the most picturesque pitches – the kind of campsites that will make everyone jealous when they see your Instagram posts.
Of course, the whole concept of “great views” is very subjective. For some there’s nothing better than an elevated viewpoint above a cliff or a sandy beach, where you can watch the sun rise or set. Others may opt for rolling moorland and distant heathery tops in one of our national parks. While many yearn for the stunning view of towering mountains set above lakes and rivers or down long valleys. Lakes, Lochs and rivers will all have their devotees while some may even love city skylines – it really is a case of each to their own.
Do remember that some pitches may have better views than others and some may have very restricted views. The one thing all these sites have in common is that they bring out a sense of awe and wonder in their devotees and a desire to go back and experience them over and over again.
EIGG ORGANICS CAMPSITE
St Columba’s Croft, Isle of Eigg PH42 4RL
This is a basic and beautiful site in stunning surroundings on a tiny island – with views of Rum and the Outer Hebrides that are absolutely awesome! The Isle of Eigg is in the Inner Hebrides and is just 5.6 miles long by 3.1 miles wide. The main settlement is Cleadale, and Eigg Organics Campsite – the only designated camping area on the island – is to be found there. Facilities are basic; the site has a compost toilet and running water and there is a shower and flushing toilet at the nearby house. There are no electric hook-ups but the views are certainly electrifying! And to top it all, prices start at just £5 per night.
SIDE FARM CAMPSITE
Side Farm, Patterdale, Ullswater, Cumbria CA11 0NL
The guide book Cool Camping says that Cumbria’s Side Farm Campsite “might just be one of the most scenically situated campsites on the planet”. If you camp here you will certainly agree with this, as the views of Ullswater and the surrounding Lakeland Fells are incredible. Nearly every pitch here has a superb view. Side Farm is accessed down a long rough farm track and is set on an elevated sloping field with pitches on short grass with some trees dotted around. The site is basic but has clean toilets and showers near the entrance.
AYR HOLIDAY PARK
Higher Ayr, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1EJ
Ayr Holiday Park is set in an elevated and pretty position above lovely St Ives in Cornwall. The views of the sea, the town and the surrounding coastline are amazing and will keep you sat outside your tent for hours. The site has around 40 pitches overall with well cut grass for camping on. There are plenty of electric hook-ups for tents to use and it is very popular in the summer season. The site is open all year and has a lovely clean toilet and shower facility as well as a laundry.
Edale, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 7ZD
Coopers Camping and Caravan Site sits right under the slopes of Kinder Scout and the Mam Tor Ridge in the Peak District’s Vale of Edale. The views down the Vale of Edale and of the Mam Tor Ridge and Kinder Scout are unbelievable. The site has around 130 pitches for tents, caravans and campervans and is very popular with walkers starting the Pennine Way or walking in the Peaks. Pitches are grass and there are no electric hook-ups for tents. The toilets and showers are clean and there is a café and shop.
THREE CLIFFS BAY CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARK
North Hills Farm, Penmaen, Swansea, Glamorgan SA23 2HB
You only have to look at the list of awards that Three Cliffs Caravan and Camping Park has achieved to know you are in for a special view from a very pretty site. The site is a short walk from the stunning Three Cliffs Bay and the camping pitches provide awesome views. Three Cliffs Bay is on the south coast of the Gower Peninsula near Swansea and takes its name from the three prominent cliffs that jut out into it. As well as the awesome vistas, there’s also an on-site shop, lovely toilets and showers plus a laundry and free WiFi.
SEAL SHORE CAMPING AND TOURING SITE
ISLE OF ARRAN
Kildonan, Isle of Arran, North Ayrshire KA27 8SE
Seal Shore Camping and Touring Site is set in an enviable location at the southern end of Scotland’s stunning Isle of Arran. The site is located in a valley with the sea to the front. There are 40 pitches and the fields are slightly sloping in places. As well as 10 electric hook-ups there are two clean shower and toilet blocks plus a laundry, a day room with TV, undercover barbeque area and WI-FI. Next door there is a restaurant and pub. Views of the adjoining sea and beach are awesome plus there are otters and seals on the shore!
INVEREWE GARDENS CAMPING AND CARAVANNING CLUB SITE
Poolewe, Achnasheen, Ross-shire IV22 2LF
The Camping and Caravanning Club’s most northerly site gives awesome views over Loch Ewe. Seals and otters are common visitors to the loch and the sunsets here are breathtaking. The site can accommodate 55 units and non-Club members are welcome. There is some bush and mature tree screening to provide shelter from the breeze that comes in off the water. The site has a small shop and the toilet and shower facilities are clean and near the reception.
KESWICK CAMPING AND CARAVANNING CLUB SITE
Crow Park Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5EP
Once you have seen the view from here down Lakeland’s Vale of Keswick and Derwentwater you will understand why this is the busiest and most popular site on the Camping and Caravanning Club network. The site sits at the head of Derwentwater Lake and beneath the Skiddaw Massif. There are two clean and tidy toilet and shower blocks and the site has Wi-Fi. There are electric hook-ups for campers who need them but the pitches with the best views are near the lake and are non-electric.