Living off-grid is popular for those who are looking to reclaim their independence, from the modern society without affecting their quality of life. There are plenty of remote locations across the UK which prove appealing to those looking for this lifestyle too.
Gas Cylinder supplier, Flogas, highlights some of the UK’s most remote locations, and what makes them places great to live near to if you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life:
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland
Holy Island is the birthplace of England’s Christian Heritage, and is off the Northumberland coast. It is so isolated that it is entirely cut off from the rest of the world twice a day, when high tides submerge its paved causeway.
Luckily, there is so much to see and do on the island. A peaceful and unspoiled land awaits, as does Lindisfarne Priory. Once the home of St Oswald, it was here that the precious Lindisfarne Gospels were created.
It would be hard to resist visiting the Lindisfarne Castle, especially since the 16th century structure – which now serves as a quirky holiday home which followed from a makeover by an architect named Edward Lutyens – sits high atop one of Lindisfarne’s craggy hills.
Lundy Island, Devon
Lundy Island is situated 12 miles off the northern coast of Devon, and is a small wind-swept destination that grabbed attention in 2017 when it gained the moniker of being England’s first Marine Conservation Zone.
The Lundy Island is a peaceful retreat that is owned by the National Trust. No cars can be found there and there’s only one single shop and one single pub to explore. Fortunately, there’s so much wildlife to seek out to make the most of the time — a variety of seabirds, grey seals, dolphins and even a basking shark or two can be viewed on or from the island on a given day.
The Knoydart Peninsula, Highland, Scotland
Knoydart Peninsula, can only be accessed by either boat or foot, which shows just how isolated this location is. It also stretches at 55,000-acre.
The location is nestled between Loch Hourn and Loch Nevis in the Lochaber district of the Scottish Highlands and has been hailed as one of the last great wilderness areas in Scotland. Fortunately, the saying ‘leaving the best until last’ holds true here, with heart-pumping mountain passes to hike along, sandy inlets to explore and so much breath-taking coastal and mountain scenery waiting to be discovered.
The main settlement of the Knoydart Peninsula is Inverie, which is where you would find the region’s primary school, post office, the local tea pottery & tearoom, a selection of community shops, and the most remote pub in mainland Britain that’s The Old Forge Inn.
Calf of Man, Isle of Man
Calf of Man, sits on the southern-most tip of the Isle of Man – Hence its name – and is only one and a half miles long and one mile wide. It’s surprising just how much can be packed into this 600-acre rocky outcrop though, which is currently owned by the Manx National Heritage.
The location requires a nature reserve and bird observatory as it plays host to many species of birds – both seabird colonies and migrating birds – as well as substantial population of rabbits. Fans of nature will also be happy to hear that the island is primarily a destination filled with flat heathland and coastal grassland, while ancient burial grounds will appeal to those seeking history.
Foula, Shetland, Scotland
Foula means ‘bird island’ and lives up to its name, sitting 20 miles to the west of Wells in the Shetland Islands and hosts the largest colonies of Great Skuas – or bonxies – across Britain.
Along with wildlife, you’d also find the huge 1,200-foot-high Da Kame in Foula. These cliffs rise so high from the sea that on a clear day views can be enjoyed from their tip all the way across to neighbouring locations like Unst and the above mentioned Fair Isle.
Bardsey Island, North Wales
Lleyn Peninsula, Bardsey sits across from Wales’ and gets called Ynys Enlli by the Welsh tongue, as its known as the island of the Currents by its literal translation. It has been an important pilgrimage site as far back as Medieval times.
Legends claimed that Bardsey island is the burial site of King Arthur which may be of interest to historians, and nature enthusiasts can enjoy daily views of migratory birds, porpoises, dolphins, rare butterflies and what has claimed to be the oldest apple tree in the world.
Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland
Fair Isle, measures in at just three miles long, and one and a half mile wide. It is a part of Scotland that is famous for its community spirit, cultural heritage and wildlife — the latter of which ranges from black puffins, fulmars, razorbills and guillemots to both grey and common seals as well as whales and dolphins.
The island has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland since 1954 and sits between Orkney and Shetland which it’s mostly inhabited by people at its southern end.
There’s quite a bit to see and do around the Fair Isle, Despite its small size. The Fair Isle Bird Observatory is world famous for its scientific research around bird migration and seabird breeding colonies, while the George Waterston Memorial Centre and Museum is the place to find a huge collection of artefacts which offer a glimpse into the location’s rich past. There’s even a golf course — arguably the most remote one across all of Britain.
*Population figures recorded as of 31/10/2017.