THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE UK… ISLE OF HARRIS

My number 1 in the Sussex Campers ‘Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the UK’ is the amazing Isle of Harris, situated in the outer Hebrides chain of Islands, off the West coast of Scotland.

There is an incredible diversity in the landscape, from the mountains in the North, to the numerous, unspoilt beaches in the South, the dramatic, rocky west coast and all of the glorious cliffs, moorlands, lochs and meadows. The spectacular scenery in this tranquil, idyllic getaway will really take your breath away. Although the furthest place away in my top 10 for most people, it certainly seems the most worthy of the long trip up there!

Make sure you visit the magnificent beaches of Scarista and Luskentyre, and explore the Harris Hills to discover the castles nestled in lonely bays. Get involved with some salmon and trout fishing, and a game of tennis or golf. Take a cruise to St Kilda, and the other remote islands of the Hebrides, which has been recognised as a wildlife and marine life habitat of world importance, with many different animals and plants including puffins, gannets and guillemots. Whilst sailing the ocean you are also likely to see whales, sharks, dolphins and grey seals. All of the Hebrides itself are great for many activities like sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing and with the most consistent surf in Europe, the islands are a great spot for surf enthusiasts. Divers can explore a paradise of reefs, caves and forest kelps, all in beautifully clean and clear waters. The Hebrides have a wonderful, unique and spiritual civilised culture with vibrant and lively festivals, the friendly locals will make your stay all the more enjoyable. Find more info on festivals and things to do at visithebrides.com

 

 

 

Travel up through the lovely city of Glasgow, cross the Skye bridge onto the Isle of Skye and take a Calmac ferry from Uig to Tarbert. I would recommend visiting in June or July as they are the hottest months, with the longest days of sun and lowest average rainfall. There are two main campsites on the adjoining Island of Lewis that would be perfect for a trip in your campervan; Laxdale Holiday Park and Eilean Fraoich Camp Site with all that you would need from electric hook ups to clean, hot showers.

Embark on an adventure to the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides for an experience that you will never forget!

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan- you can tailor make it to what you want! Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

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IN AT NUMBER 2… THREE CLIFFS BAY

Here is the next instalment of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas for trips away, or maybe even a tour of the UK in your campervan.

Three Cliffs bay, on Gower Peninsular in South Wales, is set in a valley, with huge limestone cliffs towering over the golden sand, surrounded by salt marshes and sand dunes, with a river running through the middle. In 2006 the BBC declared Three Cliffs bay to be ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ and it has since been nominated for Britain’s best view, and once you have visited, it is easy to see why.

As the bay is not that easy to access, it has remained unspoilt, and is a popular spot for horse riders and surfers. The three cliff provide a great challenge for climbers, and walkers and visitors get their fair share of a challenge with the steep sand dunes and cliff top walks. Walk through an archway in the cliff face, leading to the lovely Pobbles beach, or cross the stepping stones to the west side of the river, but make sure to return to the main beach before the tide comes in! Whilst visiting the bay, explore the eerie ruins of the 12th Century Pennard Castle, rumoured to be the home to many magical fairies.
Visit the nearby city of Swansea for a touch of cosmopolitan lifestyle, with its array of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and museums, just a small selection of what this Welsh jewel has to offer.

The Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, a fantastic campsite overlooking the bay itself, is open all throughout the year, offering electric pitches, an on site shop, a toilet and shower block and laundry facilities. It has, in the past, won the title for “Number One View from a Campsite in the World” so is a fantastic place to stay.

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OUR NUMBER 3… ST IVES

Here is my number 3 review of the Sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, giving you ideas for places that I think would be worth while for you to visit in your campervan or car.

No top ten would be complete without St Ives in Cornwall, as it feels like you are transported to another world. It won ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ in 2012 and 2011 from the British Travel Awards and has been listed as one of the 32 most beautiful bays in the World. It is clear to see why, with the fine golden sands and the crystal clear waters- possibly the cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe.

Embark on a boat trip to Seal Island to see the grey Atlantic Seals in their natural habitat and spot some porpoises, basking sharks and dolphins on the way, or choose from one of the many different types of boat trips that may suit you, weather you just want to relax or do some birdwatching or fishing. Take surf lessons on Porthmeor Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in Cornwall, or relax on one of the many other beautiful sandy beaches in the area. The Loft Restaurant and Terrace has amazing food on offer, cooked with local produce and fresh seafood or experience the culinary delights of one of the many other restaurants, bars and cafes. Visit the Sloop Inn, one of the oldest inns in Cornwall ‘circa 1312’, on the Wharf to experience some real charm and character.

There are many other interesting sights, within Cornwall including the famous Eden Project, beautiful Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical garden with a coastal backdrop, and Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden.

Ayr Holiday Park is the closest campsite to the centre of St Ives, and so boasts the perfect location to explore the local area, as well as great facilities including electric hook up, shower and toilet block and a laundrette. There are more lovely holiday parks and campsites further out of St Ives itself, but still near the beach, with fabulous facilities like swimming pools and bars and restaurants, if that takes your fancy, for example, St Ives Bay Holiday Park and Polmanter Touring Park.

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Norway

Some family friends took their campervan round Norway and Sweden the other summer, going right up to the arctic circle.  They said how beautiful it was with the fjord and the clean blue skies.  I wonder if they got any sleep with the long days.  Isn’t it great to jump in the campervan and drive to where you fancy.  It could be Russia or Norway or maybe Italy who ones…  I have stack of guide books to inspire us where to go when we are on-route.  I still prefer a guide book to the internet, though the web is so useful giving you up to information.  Otherwise you can be like us who nearly drove down an old road which was now a footpath in Spain.

 Isn’t it a beautiful picture of Norway so peaceful and serene.  Take me through with a good book and some drawing pencils.Norway fjord

NUMBER 10… CHEDDAR GORGE

We, as a family, love to get away in our camper. It is so refreshing to see such lovely sights as the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset…

The deep gorge, engulfing the little winding road, is a breathtaking sight, and the honeycombing of caves and grottos will fascinate people of all ages. The walks are fantastic on the Cheddar Gorge, and when you are feeling a little peckish, you can stop at one of the lovely cafes, such as the Wishing Well, for a cream tea, or at the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen for some handmade, old fashioned sweets. You will also be in easy reach of the beaches of Weston Super Mare, the historic City of Bath and Longleat Safari Park.

There is a wide choice of excellent campsites in the area. One of my favourites is the Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Site at Mendip Heights which offers some great family deals. If you are a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club you can get even better rates.

If you like great walks and spectacular views, the Cheddar Gorge is definitely worth a visit!
Let me know on our Facebook page if there is somewhere specific that you think I should include in my top ten. Look out for number 9 on my list next week…

TOP 10 BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN BRITAIN

WE LIVE IN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BUT SOMETIMES WE FORGET WHEN WE ARE STUCK INSIDE, AT HOME OR WORK, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THIS RAIN WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY!

Over the next few weeks I will be reviewing ten of the most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas, whether you are going on a tour, or just a weekend away in your campervan. These ten places will be chosen from various ‘Top 10’s’ as voted for by residents of, and visitors to, the UK.

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AMBERLEY WORKING MUSEUM

We visited the Amberley Working Museum recently. What an AWESOME family day out! All staffed by volunteers; not expensive to enter; loads to see and do. The unique thing with this place is that the stuff on display actually works. You can print your name in letterpress, see engines and electrical things working, go on a bus and a train – lots and lots. AND – there’s a campervan parking area!

SOUTHERN IRELAND

Southern Ireland is a beautiful place to visit, especially in June, with some of the lowest average wet days and highest average temperatures! Enjoy the vast array of lovely Sandy beaches, epic walks, great fishing and a nice pint of Guinness.

My family has had some great holidays in Ireland, travelling through Wales, with a night in the Brecon Beacons, to catch the Ferry from Pembroke Docks, to the pretty port of Rosslare. If you book to go to Ireland early you can get some great deals on ferry travel, which is how we travel when we are in our Campervan.

From Rosslare we have travelled south down the coast, stopping at picturesque sandy beaches, and ‘wild camping’ in the beautiful countryside, to the character full city of Cork, with its Cathedral and multi coloured houses a tiny snippet of all the city has to offer. We have often visited the historic town of Lismore, on the way, to see St. Carthage Cathedral and Lismore Castle, and take a walk down the Blackwater River, stopping for some fishing. Other great walks in the area include the breathtaking V valley and The Towers magical woodland trail, 3 miles outside of the City. We once went on a fishing boat from County Cork to the Cow Island, an tiny island, completely deserted, apart from cows. It was very pretty with sandy beaches, covered in millions of tiny shells surrounded by lovely warm sea. We were picked up after a couple of hours of exploring to go sea fishing- we eventually caught some Mackerel and cooked and ate it for tea!

Other great places to visit include the market town of Macroom and beautiful Kilarney with its National park and the Lough Leane. Southern Ireland has a multitude of beautiful destinations, from rolling hills and spectacular lakes and rivers in the countryside, to gorgeous beaches, and fascinating towns and cities, not to mention lovely locals! My tip to you… just go and Discover Ireland!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum