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Tips for planning trips to the most remote UK locations

Written by Fiona

July 04 2023

Finding unique, untouched places for adventure and thrill seekers seems like a dream come true. The United Kingdom is a treasure trove of hidden gems and many of these remote areas offer gorgeous views, unmatched landscapes and rich history. With the correct planning, approach and careful preparation, you can unlock the secrets of the UK’s hidden wonders. We will look at a few ways to plan trips to the most inaccessible places in the UK. 

Remote places. Credit: Anthony Gilbert

Do your research

Research is essential. Proper research is the basis of a successful holiday and helps to mitigate issues that might arise. Whether booking accommodation or looking into hiring a private jet charter, research specific companies and look at their packages before making a decision.

When planning a trip to a place that is difficult to access, you must start with your research. Identify the areas you want to see and gather as much information about the places as possible.

Look at their accessibility, weather conditions and legal conditions – specifically, check if you need a permit. Additionally, you can consult with local travel guides and look at travel blogs and forums before exploring these places. 

If you need permission, get it

Some areas are accessible with a permit only. It is imperative to cooperate in this regard. There are several reasons why certain remote areas are accessible with a permit only. One of the key reasons is the protection and sustainability of ecosystems and animals, as well as historic buildings that have been declared heritage sites. Places like these often include a small fee, which is used for maintenance.  

If we look at the UK specifically, the chances are you will find a few inaccessible places where you need to obtain a permit. Check with the local authorities or the location’s website for more information and the process. Remember that you need to respect the laws of that particular area and that these laws are in place for a reason.  

Find a local guide

There is nothing better than exploring an area with a local tour guide. Local experts enhance the experience because they know the area well and can provide unknown knowledge on what makes it spectacular. Your tour guide can share hidden trails and cultural insights.  

Prepare for challenging conditions

In many instances, if a place is remote or inaccessible, getting there might be challenging, or the area might have rugged terrain. There might also be limited infrastructure which requires careful preparation.

Where applicable, pack the gear you need, such as a GPS device and hiking shoes. Wear and pack waterproof clothing, thermal clothing, a map, a compass, and a first aid kit. Thoroughly research the weather to ensure you are covered in temperatures like a storm or heatwave. 

It;’s worth the effort to reach more remote locations. Credit: Ian Cylkowski

Accommodation

You might not find a hotel or even an Airbnb in inaccessible places. You might discover cottages available for rent and even camping spots. So, this is one of the crucial aspects of your trip you must plan correctly.

It is essential to have alternative accommodation options, such as camping. Check if the area has remote lodges; these are nice, but they might need more amenities.

Remember that remote locations might not be maintained and serviced as regular locations and suburbs. You may not have wi-fi, electricity, or even an indoor bathroom and toilet. Ablution facilities might be shared between all travellers, so ensure you know this before you set your journey.  

Connect with locals

The locals come with much knowledge about the area, its surroundings, the ecosystems, the weather and the animals. It is vital to connect with the locals in the know. It can significantly impact your experience positively. You should connect with a local before your trip.

Ask for advice, explain what you want to see and do, and ask how possible it is. Besides local tour guides, speaking to a shopkeeper, a farmer, and even a teacher can provide crucial information for your trip. Additionally, you can ask about the culture in the area so you do not make any faux pas.  

Lastly, be flexible

There is so much truth to being open-minded. While you may plan your trip carefully and include particular sights you want to see, this can change once you arrive. Consider that there might be something you did not intend to see but ended up seeing anyway. This happens and is often a highlight for many travellers. 

Embarking on a journey in the most inaccessible places in the UK is a treat. And there are several remote retreats to choose from. Remember to research thoroughly, come prepared and chat with locals. 

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