Are you interested in camping but a little hesitant about “roughing it” in the great outdoors? A happy medium is glamping.
Glamping is exactly what it sounds like – glamourous camping. It is an elevated experience where you typically stay in a tent with electricity, a real bed, and other amenities you wouldn’t have in standard camping.
It’s a great way to connect with Allah’s creations and have a very spiritual experience in nature in a clean environment.
Sound like the type of holiday you or your family is seeking?
Stay tuned. This is the ultimate guide to halal-friendly glamping in the U.K.
While glamping is generally a “fancier” version of camping, it comes in many forms. Just like a hotel, accommodations can vary. You’ll find everything from tents and yurts to huts.
The price of glamping is comparable to a hotel. You can expect to pay £50-400 per night for a family of four. That price typically includes a tent, fire pit, and other amenities.
What is nice about glamping is you don’t typically need to bring your own gear. Everything is set up for you when you arrive. Most glamping facilities have communal cooking spaces, toilets, and showers. You are free to bring your own food with you.
Top Glamping Sites in the U.K
Bideford, Devon, South West England
A great place to start your glamping adventure is at the Koa Tree Camp. This destination blends a luxury resort experience with a traditional camping trip. They have insulated geodomes, wooden cabins, game facilities, surfing spots, and professional massages. Bideford has a halal restaurant called Spice nearby with delicious food overlooking the river if you don’t want to cook.
Abersoch, Gwynedd, North Wales
At NightSky Glamping, you’ll get the traditional tent glamping experience. They have safari and bell tents to choose from suitable for both couples and families. The safari tent has three bedrooms, two toilets, a shower pod, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a private hot tub and BBQ. Bell tents are smaller, with a kitchenette, shower pod, outdoor hot tub, and wood burner. If you need to grab some halal food in the area, try one of these options.
Settle, North Yorkshire, Nort East England
You and your group can enjoy glamping life in a comfy cedar pod at Peaks and Pods in Settle. It’s a small, family-owned dairy farm between North Yorkshire and Lancashire. One unique aspect of this glamping experience is the ensuite toilet, private outdoor space and fire bowl, and a private hot tub with a shared pizza oven. Should you need to pick up food, here are some nearby halal eateries.
Borrowdale, Cumbria, North West England
Inside Out Camping prides itself on having an affordable luxury camping experience amid breathtaking nature. Their yurts are beautifully decorated and come with everything you need for your trip. They have futon-style beds, a large central skylight, wood-burning stoves, and a fully-equipped kitchen. If you don’t want to cook at the yurt, here are halal restaurants in the area.
Cumbernauld, Glasgow, Scottish Isles
The Eden Leisure Village near Glasgow in the Scottish Isles is a reasonable glamping option. They have pods, deluxe pods, glampervans, and hobbit huts that range from £60-85/night. These sleep between 2-6 people and come furnished with separate kitchen and toilet access. You can bring your own halal food or eat at a restaurant in Cumbernauld.