With so many flights grounded and borders locked三级成人视频, plotting an overseas escape is a tall order. But you can still find splendid isolation in Britain – on remote islands, at end-of-the-road campsites or behind the bulwarks of your own private bastion.
1. Walk on the rewild side in the Highlands
Centuries ago, much of Scotland was swathed in the ‘Great Forest of Caledon’, roamed by wild boar and predators including wolves. Only a fraction survives today, but in the Alladale Wilderness Reserve an ambitious rewilding programme aims to restore that habitat – including one day, it’s hoped, those long-extirpated predators. In the meantime, immerse yourself in possibly Scotland's wildest glens at one of two isolated, luxurious self-catering cottages sleeping four to eight or, for groups up to 18, the back-to-basics Deanich Lodge bunkhouse. You won't be kept awake by howls (or neighbours – there aren't any), though you'll likely spy red deer, golden eagles and red squirrels.
Cottages/bunkhouse sleeping 4/18 from £1,695/£2,310 per week; shorter stays available. Alladale (01863 755338; )
2. Achieve towering ambitions in Snowdonia
Those medieval castle-builders knew a thing or two about deterring uninvited visitors: nothing says ‘stay out’ like massive wooden doors, solid stone walls and crenelated towers. The 19th-century architects of Brynkir Tower incorporated those features into this Grade II-listed faux-Gothic folly, now a fairytale retreat for four in the north-western reaches of Snowdonia National Park. Arched windows frame vistas of crags and ridges, while the spiral staircase links a well-equipped kitchen with two bedrooms, a cosy wood-burner-warmed living room and a fifth-floor bathroom boasting quite the loo with a view.
From £696 for seven nights. Book at Sykes Cottages (01244356666; )
3. Find moor peace in Cornwall
三级成人视频Far from the madding crowds who flock to Cornwall’s coastline, bleakly beautiful Bodmin Moor attracts a mere trickle of intrepid hikers, lovers of legend and literature: it was here, it’s said, that King Arthur received Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake in Dozmary Pool, and wreckers plotted murderous schemes in Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. Smugglers, a larch-clad cabin at the end of a lonely track, nods to that latter heritage in name only: cosily modern, with wood-burner, hot tub, high-spec kitchen and bathroom, it’s surrounded by endless moorland views and trails to rocky tors – but nary a neighbour in sight.
Three/seven nights from £620/£1,367 for two people. Book at Boutique Retreats (01872 553 491; )
4. Savour a tot of Rùm
三级成人视频Largest of the Small Isles south of Skye, Rùm was long known as the ‘Forbidden Isle’. Even today, only a couple of dozen people call this craggy speck home, and cars are banned – after arriving on the ferry from Mallaig, you’ll rely on Shanks’s pony to reach Harbour Hut. That’s fully in keeping with your abode: this Hobbity wooden bothy overlooking Loch Scresort, with a four-person sleeping platform and indoor barbecue, is delightfully low-fi, sharing basic shower and toilet facilities with the few other campers at this modest site. Power down phone batteries, and instead roam the island’s ample trails, watching for huge white-tailed eagles reintroduced here from 1975.
From £50 per night for up to four people. Book at
5. Come to roost in Pembrokeshire
Stay on Skokholm in spring and you can expect noisy neighbours – 90,000 Manx shearwaters, calling to attract their mates, joined in April by legions of those avian clowns, puffins. Not so many humans, though; daytrippers aren't permitted on this craggy island, which has only a handful of self-catering rooms in the refurbished 18th-century farmhouse and converted cowsheds. It's resolutely off-grid: guests share solar-powered electricity and hot water plus composting loos, and the boat from the mainland, which sails at most twice weekly, is sometimes stymied by bad weather. The pay-off is full immersion in a wildlife paradise, spotting seals and dolphins along the shore.
Three/four nights £150 from April to July. Wildlife Trust of South Wales (01656 724100; ). The Pembrokeshire stretch of the Wales Coast Path offers crowd-free walking ().
6. Bleat a retreat to Northumberland
三级成人视频If you're determined to break for the border, by hook or by crook, a trio of shepherds’ huts six miles south of Berwick on Tweed offer the kind of retro-chic comfort any farmhand would dream of. Set in a paddock cosseted in swathes of farmland abutting the dramatic Northumberland coastline, Teasel, Foxglove and Cow Parsley each sleep four, with a double bed and bunks to enchant your little lambs, plus galley kitchen and en-suite. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne and the Cheviot Hills are nearby, should you need to stretch those legs.
Three nights from £260 for four. Book at Crabtree & Crabtree (01573 226711; )
7. Join the lighthouse family on Orkney
The location of the Cantick Head Lighthouse reads like a recipe for remoteness: atop a 115ft-high sandstone cliff, accessed via a narrow track, at the eastern tip of a peninsula on the tiny island of South Walls, linked by a causeway to Hoy, connected by boat to Orkney Mainland, itself a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from Scrabster, 20 miles from John O’Groats. Yes, the Victorian keeper’s cottage at Cantick Head is truly far flung, with suitably dramatic views across the Pentland Firth, yet has a snug lounge, two comfortable bedrooms, a modern kitchen, even Wi-Fi and a gym.
From £120 per night. Book via Host Unusual ()
8. Make a trunk call in Ceredigion
Rise above the wider world’s woes in a treehouse with eco ideals as lofty as its location. Perched – for once, an entirely accurate description – in an ash-tree canopy in rural Ceredigion, Ty’r Onnen is zero-carbon but amply luxurious. Folded within its cunning spiral layout are a king-size bed, en-suite wet room, wood-burner and solar-powered kitchen. Without, the wrap-around deck affords views across organic farmland to rolling hills. The quiet beaches of Cardigan Bay are a hop away, and Snowdonia lies just to the north.
Sleeps two, from £140 per night (minimum two nights). Book at Quality Unearthed (01348 830922; )
9. Take a busman’s holiday in Cumbria
Hinterlandes, an old American school bus shipped across to Cumbria and converted into a mobile glamping retreat, is a class act. An Aga stove, shower, composting loo and sound system have been squeezed into the cleverly customised interior, a VW camper – welded to the roof and accessed via internal ladder – houses a double bed, and a wood-fired hot-tub steams nearby. Don’t look for it on Google Maps – Hinterlandes migrates between meadows on the remote fringes of the Lake District near Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite, offering wonderfully wild walking on the doorstep.
From £100 per night. Book at Canopy & Stars (0117 204 7830; )
10. Weather the wilds of Cape Wrath
Of the names recited so phlegmatically during the shipping forecast, none are more thrillingly evocative than that of the very north-western tip of mainland Scotland. All that weather comes in handy at Croft 103, driving the wind turbine powering a pair of sleek stone-and-timber self-catering boltholes a few miles south-east of the cape. Sheltered by the ridges guarding Loch Eriboll, the floor-to-ceiling windows of Hill House and Shore House frame spectacular views of hills and shore – and, in early spring, possibly the northern lights, too. Drag yourself away from the contemporary luxury of these romantic retreats to roam hiking trails including the ascent of Scotland’s northernmost Munro, Ben Hope.
Sleeps two; seven nights from £1,897. Book at i-escape (0117 946 7072; )