We often all think we need to disappear to the mountains of Outer Mongolia in order to un-plug and get away from it all, when in reality, here in the UK we have some amazing pollution-free areas, digital detox retreats and yes, Even areas of no phone signal, right on our door steps!
From the Highlands of Scotland to the Wild Atlantic Coast in Ireland/ Northern Ireland or Anglesey just off the coast of Wales. We really do take for granted these world renowned locations that are right here under our noses all with an air pollution rating under 10!! So if we want to thank the dreaded ‘C’ word for if anything, its maybe that it now gives us the beautiful opportunity to go and explore our own lands and really appreciate what we have right here at home.
There are some gorgeous quaint little retreats here in the UK, and we at Retreatmi have some exciting experiences coming on board for you all to try!
Our 4 day Scotland Retreat in Glencoe, with an air pollution rating of just 2! Will allow you to enjoy cycling through the beautiful Scottish countryside, hiking up a Munroe (Scottish for mountain) and even tasting some of the local delicacies! All hosted by your local guide.
I even have some delightful ideas for you to patch on to the start or end of your trip whilst in Scotland.
For the budget conscious, The Red Squirrel Campsite is an all time favourite of mine in Glencoe and just a short drive from the UK’s largest mountain Ben Nevis. It has the most beautiful surroundings being in the middle of three large Munroe’s, a natural spring that runs through the centre, where the owners have dug out an amazing pool for you to take a dip in the refreshing waters after your heavy day of hiking or cycling. Of course due to the surrounding Munroe’s you’d better make sure you have your maps downloaded for your active routes, because phone signal is not likely to be available here……. That’s right sit back, listen the sounds of the birds and the river and enjoy!
For those with children or even just for the child within us, you can visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct where the infamous Harry Potter steam train, aka The Jacobite, goes across the viaduct just like the scene in the movie. Then why not take a trip over to the beautiful Isle of Skye and go hunt for fairies in the fairy pools (as featured in our blog photo).
For the active adults, visit Knoydart and the UK’s most remote pub “The Old Forge”! All still entirely off grid you can reach Knoydart through a hike over the Munroe’s or via the boat from Mallaig.
Another option if you have a little more to spare is to hire a boat and head from Fort William up to Inverness along the Caledonian Canal. A completely unique experience sailing through the mountains and Loch’s of Scotland…….. Just be sure to watch out for Nessy! Make stops along the way, try the local delicacies, take awesome hikes or even just relax and sail.
Next on my list of recommendations for those who enjoy getting out on their bikes is our 4 Day Lake District Retreat, with an air pollution rating of just 7 not only can you enjoy some beautiful views and see the inspiration behind many of the UK’s inspired poets and writers, you can take in some of the freshest air England has to offer.
Again some little patch on’s…….. being the avid camper I am, which I’m sure you can tell by now I highly recommend the BaysBrown Farm campsite, again between peaks of the lake district this gorgeous campsite is right on the Langsdale estate, right next to the quaint and beautiful village of Ambleside and you can start the Scarfell Pike (England’s highest mountain) climb right from the campsite!
Again for those who prefer to climb into a big luxurious bath tub and bask in front of a log fire at the end of their tough hiking day, I can’t recommend The Brimstone at Langdale enough. Their rooms are to die for! From rooms with two baths or split level mezzanine rooms, all come complete with log burner, plush woollen blankets to relax and on your balcony where you can sit and enjoy your super breakfast served to your room. If you’re having a treat for special occasion, love the outdoors but want to get away from it all in luxury……. This is YOUR spot!....... again phone signal little or none…….but you will have the option of Wi-Fi, should you be a diehard digi!
Again for the child in and out, you can visit the House of Betrix Potter and see the real gardens featured in the illustrations of her books, visit the spots where Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck used to hang out and all that inspired their adventures. To burn off some steam visit and really immerse in nature go visit Treetop Trek & Nets and well……hangout.
We are excited to be featuring some amazing active experiences throughout our own lands and even across Europe! So be sure to sign up and stay informed for when our UK retreats go live soon!