There are some truly wonderful eco glamping sites in the UK. From safari tents in Wales to glamping pods in Scotland, there’s no better time to explore the British countryside with all the luxuries of home. But the glamping sites in this list have gone out of their way to reduce their impact on the environment, with eco-friendly facilities and recycled materials.
So grab your marshmallows and blanket, and settle in for a night around the campfire at one of these sustainable glamping sites.
Eco-Glamping in England
Round the Woods – Norfolk Broads
Round the Woods is an eco-friendly glamping site with two Mongolian yurts and a brand new roundhouse, set in peaceful countryside in Norfolk. Each yurt has everything you need for a relaxing stay – a wood-burning stove and logs, a proper double bed, futon, camping stove and dining area. The wonderful hosts even throw in a free welcome basket, full of local goodies including bread, milk and hot chocolate to make your stay extra special.
Outside your yurt, you’ll find a picnic bench and barbecue for your own personal use, as well as wooden seats around a central campfire. The giant tree swing is also a lot of fun, for kids and the young at heart!
Each yurt has its own compost toilet and handbasin round the back, but there’s also a shower block with real plumbed in showers and basins for brushing your teeth and freshening up.
The glamping site is in the garden of the super-friendly hosts, and there are plenty of grounds to explore just minutes from the copse. Further afield, you can drive to the Norfolk Broads to explore everything the area has to offer.
Plush Tents Yurt Village – Chichester
For an eco-friendly weekend break with a touch of luxury, try the Mongolian yurts on offer at Plush Tents in Chichester. There are 12 yurts on site, located in 3 acres of woodland at the base of the South Downs. They offer the perfect blend of tranquillity and nature.
Each yurt is decked out with vintage furniture, hand-carved beds and a wood-burning stove too. Outside, you’ll find a personal BBQ, picnic table and gas camping stove as well as a hamper full of utensils and crockery ready for your home-cooked meals. Why not order one of their food hampers, packed with locally sourced ingredients to fuel you and your family?
But it’s the communal areas that make Plush Tents really special. There is a treehouse kitchen, a social yurt (complete with sofas and movie projector) and even a wood-fired hot tub! You’ll also find gas-powered showers and a block of flushing toilets on site too. Make sure you give the compost toilet a go for the full experience, though!
As for sustainability, the owners of Plush Tents encourage all visitors to reduce waste and use the recycling points dotted around the site. They also provide fresh drinking water for all guests to enjoy, reducing the need for plastic bottles. Why not take your own Water To Go bottle to fill up while you’re there?
BleanBees Bell Tents & Eco Hut – Kent
At BleanBees, you can choose to stay in one of the three cosy bell tents or a converted shepherd’s hut, the Eco Hut. No matter which you choose, you’ll experience glamping built with sustainability in mind. The site is completely off-grid, meaning there’s no electricity, but you’ll still have everything you need, from compost toilets and simple shower facilities to clean running water and eco cooking facilities.
The Eco Hut is a wool insulated cabin, promising cosy nights in on the sofa in front of the wood burner, or in the comfortable double bed. Outside, you’ll find your own kitchen space and dining area with a gas stove and all the cooking utensils you’ll need for a short stay. The bell tents are slightly simpler, furnished with inflatable beds and blankets (bring your own bedding!) as well as a fire pit and picnic table outside.
Set amongst seven acres of Kent countryside, BleanBees guests can explore the nearby Blean woods as well as local towns Canterbury, Faversham and Whitstable – all of which are just a few miles’ drive away.
Eco Glamping Pod in Wildlife Garden – Shaftesbury, Dorset
If you’re looking for somewhere to really get away from it all in complete privacy, head to Shaftesbury in Dorset to stay in the modern Eco Pod. Just large enough for two people, the wooden pod is kitted out with a king-size bed, a small kitchenette with sink, hob and kettle, as well as a compost toilet cubicle.
There’s a separate shower shed with hot water available for use, but in the winter you’re free to use the shower in the hosts’ home as the shed itself is unheated. You’ll also have access to the summer house, where you’ll find a fridge freezer, oven and storage space for anything you can’t fit in the pod. To make your glamping experience as eco-friendly as possible, the hosts only use eco-friendly cleaning products and try to save energy wherever they can.
The pod has its own private terrace and gazebo set up with a table and two chairs, from which you can look out over the wildlife garden and pond. Keep an eye out for the ducks, badgers, pheasants and deer that sometimes visit!
Located just on the edge of Cranborne Chase – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the pod makes a great base for woodland walks or day trips further afield. You can drive to the Jurassic Coast in under an hour, and nearby Shaftesbury is a quaint English town with chocolate box houses and cobbled streets. You might recognise the town’s Gold Hill from the famous Hovis advert!
Broomhills Farm River Eco Pods – Carlisle
Just 6.8 miles from Carlisle Castle, Broomhills Farm River Eco Pods offer a fantastic place to stay if you’re after a combination of comfort, history and nature. Set in woodland in a quiet part of the hosts’ farm, you can enjoy the blissful surroundings overlooking the River Lyne.
The wooden pods are powered entirely by solar energy, but still have everything you might need for a short stay, including a gas hob, outdoor seating area and fire pit. Though you need to provide your own towels and linen, you’ll enjoy a comfortable night sleep on the double bed and cosy sofa bed.
Depending on the cabin you choose, you’ll either have an en-suite shower and toilet room, or a compost toilet and outdoor woodland shower. The most luxurious pod even has an al-fresco wood-fired hot tub for an incredibly relaxing experience in nature.
Scotland Glamping Sites
Skye Eco Bells – Isle of Skye
As an eco glamping site on the Isle of Skye, Skye Eco Bells certainly lives up to its name. Guests can choose to stay in one of three wooden cabins or a luxury bell tent, all of which are in a secluded spot offering views of the sea and mountains.
The cabins wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale, and you’re guaranteed a magical night’s sleep in the comfortable beds after an evening around the campfire. Each cabin is furnished with a wood-burning stove for cooler evenings as well as upcycled furniture to give it that homely feel. Fire up the barbecue or fire pit outside if you enjoy cooking al fresco, but you can also prepare meals in the communal Hub and Shack spaces if you fancy a change.
As part of the site’s eco-credentials, it is completely off-grid. There’s no electricity or internet access, but the campsite is beautifully lit by candlelight and solar-powered lights. You’ll also get access to compost toilets and a gas-powered shower to freshen up after a busy day exploring everything the Isle of Skye has to offer.
Ecocamp Glenshee – Perthshire
Ecocamp Glenshee offers a variety of environmentally conscious glamping in East Perthshire, Scotland. Depending on the accommodation you choose, you could enjoy a romantic night for two in a cosy shepherds hut or eco pod, or a family-friendly stay in one of the larger eco pods. All have a fire pit, though some also have a wood-burning stove to keep warm, even in the coldest of evenings. Though the majority are off-grid, they also offer solar-powered lighting or have electric lights or sockets for all your home comforts.
All guests can enjoy the communal areas, including the heated toilets and shower rooms with free-flowing hot water for a little piece of luxury in the wilderness. In the Bothy, you’ll also find all the cooking and dining facilities you’ll need on your camping stove, from crockery to cutlery.
Despite the mod cons, everything is provided in a sustainable way. The cleaning and laundry products used at the site are eco-friendly, the furnishings are ethically sourced and even the fire pits are upcycled washing machine drums!
Aside from relaxing around the camp, Ecocamp Glenshee provides plenty of entertainment, including a rent-a-dog scheme, wildlife walks, beaver safari tours, mountain biking and llama trekking in the local countryside.
Comrie Croft – Perthshire
Set between Perth and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Comrie Croft is a Green Tourism campsite in the heart of the Scottish countryside. As well as simple camping facilities, you can also stay in one of six kata tents – tipi style huts from the Nordics.
The katas are furnished with blankets, double beds, solar lighting and a wood-burning stove, meaning you’ll stay cosy even in the depths of winter. Just outside, you’ll find private toilets and barbecue facilities for your own personal use, but a few minutes’ walk away you’ll also have access to a hot shower block, toilets and charging points for your devices.
The team at Comrie Croft is dedicated to sustainability and conservation. They encourage their guests to use public transport, recycle where possible, buy local food from the village and explore the area by foot or bike. With woodland walks and biking trails on your doorstep, that’s both easy and fun!
Eco Glamping in Wales
Apple Camping – near Tenby, Pembrokeshire
I couldn’t write a post about eco-glamping in Wales without mentioning Apple Camping – a site near Tenby that offers truly bizarre places to stay. From cabins and bell tents to Pac-man style geodomes and private jets (yes, really!) there’s plenty to keep you entertained here.
There are varying levels of facilities in each of the accommodation options – some have games consoles and private cooking facilities, while others have simple lounges where the environment is your entertainment. No matter where you stay, you can make use of the communal shower and toilet block, barbecue area, kitchen facilities and laundry room.
Some of the accommodation options are more eco than others. For example, the traditional style yurts with their wood-burning stoves are likely to have a much lower carbon footprint than the Arabian Nights “Airbus” (quite literally), but it’s still better than sending the plane for scrap.
In the local area, you’ll find Pembrokeshire offers plenty of fun for all the family. The nearest beach is just a 10-minute drive away, while the nearby harbour towns of Tenby and Saundersfoot provide great days out too.
Top of the Woods – Pembrokeshire National Park
Top of the Woods is one of the best eco glamping sites in the UK, set in the heart of Pembrokeshire National Park in Wales. There are four different types of accommodation on offer, from pitch-your-own tents to luxurious glamping tents with permanent beds and all the home comforts. My pick of the bunch is Pioneer Camp, which gives the added benefit of alfresco cooking and dining under canvas or around the campfire. No matter which you choose, you’ll enjoy unspoilt views out over the nearby fields and countryside.
The site’s focus on sustainability has led it to win multiple green tourism awards for encouraging visitors to recycle as well as save water and electricity. But that doesn’t mean you sacrifice comfort – yes there are compost toilets, but Top of the Woods has also introduced luxury wet room showers and flushing toilets in the main courtyard too! You can also enjoy wholesome home-cooked food at the Dutch Barn if you don’t feel like making your own breakfast or evening meals on the weekend.
There’s plenty to explore in the immediate vicinity (guests are given a hand-drawn map of the area when they arrive!) but Top of the Woods also makes an excellent base for exploring Pembrokeshire National Park, including Skomer Island to see the puffins.
Go Eco Camping – Lampeter
For a luxury eco glamping break without the kids, try Go Eco Camping – an adult-only yurt site in the heart of the Welsh countryside near Lampeter. Each of the three yurts is privately positioned, allowing you to take your pick of the views – either the lake, willow trees or meadow. The hosts are dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment and have worked hard to care for the land so that it provides the perfect habitat for local British wildlife.
The yurts are traditionally designed and furnished with four-poster beds, comfy seating and a wood-burning stove for a cosy and romantic night in. Alongside each yurt, you’ll find a private toilet and shower room (fully plumbed in!) and a kitchenette, complete with a countertop, a fridge and oven. Step outside onto your private terrace and you’ll find even more home comforts that wouldn’t be out of place in a 5* hotel. How about your very own wood-fired hot tub? With a fire pit and picnic bench too, you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy the surrounding nature in absolute peace and quiet.
With so much on offer at your yurt, you’ll find it difficult to leave. But if you do manage to venture out, you’ll be treated to day trips to the Welsh coast and nearby harbour towns as well as the countryside on your doorstep.
Northern Ireland Glamping
Sycamore Pods – Carncastle, Co. Antrim
A luxury glamping break with an eco twist is the order of the day at Sycamore Pods, Country Antrim. Situated in a quiet corner of the host’s hobby farm, each pod has beautiful countryside views and only sheep, pigs, chickens and donkeys for neighbours.
The luxurious pods come complete with everything you could possibly need, including a comfortable double bed, sofa bed, en-suite toilet and shower room, dining area, a kitchenette with coffee machine, hob, fridge and kettle and a wood-burning stove for cosy nights in. Outside on your private terrace, you’ll find a seating area and even a hot tub from which to admire the views out over the rolling hills.
Located just a 35-minute drive away from Belfast, the pods make an excellent base to explore all that Northern Ireland has to offer. Day trips to Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Dark Hedges at Ballymoney are easy from here, while Ballygally Beach is less than a mile away from the farm. There are plenty of reasons to leave the pods, even if you don’t want to!
Pebble Pods – Strangford Lough, Co. Down
The eco-friendly Pebble Pods are set on the shore of Strangford Lough in County Down. As well as the beautiful views over the water, each pod comes complete with comfy beds, a kitchenette with fridge, microwave and kettle, barbecue area and private hot tub. Also on-site there are luxurious toilet and shower facilities as well as a thermal sauna. What more could you want?
While the pods are perfect for a relaxing, romantic break, there’s plenty to do beyond the site too. The local area is perfect for outdoor adventurers, including cycle routes, kayaks and boat hire on the lough, as well as churches, castles and monuments for history and architectural lovers.
Let’s Go Hydro – Carryduff, Co. Down
Let’s Go Hydro is a watersports and activity centre offering plenty of outdoor fun for families near Londonderry. As well as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and wakeboarding, the resort has also recently introduced a drive-in cinema to keep you entertained.
No matter how you choose to spend your days, there’s an unrivalled choice of glamping options to spend your nights! From glamping pods and safari tents to wooden huts and houseboats on the lake, there’s something to suit all budgets and preferences. Though many have their own fire pits or kitchen areas, the communal kitchens can be used by everyone and are fully equipped with fridges, hobs and all the cooking equipment you’ll need. Swedish-style BBQ huts are available for hire too.
But for something truly special, try the Forest Domes – futuristic domed tents with modern, luxurious interiors. They’re the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors in complete comfort! Inside you’ll find a double bed plus sofa bed, an en-suite shower and toilet, kitchenette with hob, oven, fridge freezer and sink as well as an indoor dining area. Outside on the decking, you can tuck into delicious BBQ food while overlooking the forest, before relaxing in your hot tub as the sun goes down. Pure bliss!
So whenever you’re ready to book your next trip around the UK, consider an eco glamping site. Not only will you be able to explore some of the best attractions around the country, but you’ll be doing it in style and minimising your impact. What’s not to love?
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